Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
Another week down and only one game to talk about – but what a match it was for us.
We entertained Barwell on Saturday in the FA Trophy first qualifying round and in my opinion we put on a great performance for everyone watching. I think it's the first time this season we have played well from the first to the last whistle, a fact made even more pleasing given the level of opposition we were up against.
After an even start to the game the referee awarded them a penalty. If I'm completely honest it looked it from the position I was in, so there were no complaints from me.
Everyone's aware of the couple of weeks Peds (Alex Street) has had and I think the rest of us have made more of it than him. He's been top drawer and proved to everybody, again, on Saturday what a good keeper he is and how good he is going to end up being.
After Peds made a great save from the original penalty, the linesman took it upon himself to let the ref know he thought Peds was off his line. I've watched the highlights on YouTube and you will see keepers jumping forward twice as far as that week in, week out.
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The outcome of the second penalty was exactly the same as the first thankfully with Peds outwitting the lad again which is a surprise in itself, ha! Things like penalty saves in a game can really inspire performances and maybe Peds' stop gave us the platform to produce one. Our breakthrough came just after the hour mark and was so typical of Turns (Jason Turner).
Although it was his first goal from open play this campaign he always looks like scoring and has been getting goals for about 40 years! Having nicked in front of the 'keeper I just knew he'd at least hit the target.
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I did, however, think he would hit the ball a bit harder to make certain. But at least it went in. We all celebrated together, which I think is important, because you can always judge team spirit by the goal celebrations.
With about 20 minutes to play after the goal I was expecting them to really put us under pressure but I don't think they did. It does help when our defence plays as well as they all did on Saturday mind.
All four off them were massive for us. Even Gullers (Gulliver) took a leaf out of Jordy's (Jordan Yong) book and ventured forward and got a shot off. The pace of him doing it was ridiculous; I admit I had to hold back the laughter.
It was buzzing in the bar after the game, having won 1-0, and it was nice to have a pint with a few of the supporters. I don't think it will be too long before I will have to stick my hand in my pocket and get a round in for them. A few look like they enjoy a pint or two as well!
Away from matchdays, we trained only once last week and I came in for a bit of stick. Not a lot gets past these lads and my clobber wasn't going to be something that did. I didn't choose wisely when I got changed, and yes, I have to agree I looked a little chavvy. I was only wearing tracksuit bottoms and a hoody, mind.
The real shock though was the main source of the banter. Ross McNeil (first-team coach) let me have it. I'm sure everybody who is reading this, and knows him, would agree he is hardly a fashion icon. After all I didn't have a pop at his designer beard last week. And I didn't mention the fact I think I heard him ask Dunks (Dunkley) how to get it like his as he thought it looked really nice.
We're back to the league now (Romulus at home on Saturday, Coalville at home on Tuesday) and the lads are full of confidence. It's too early to be calling the latter a title decider but we're looking forward to it. Let's hope there's a good crowd for both games. See you all down The Walks.
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