Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
After the dust has settled from a really busy opening couple of months to a season there is always player movement – and it's been no different here at Lynn.
We've had players come and go and last week Rob Hughes left the club. It's always disappointing to see a team-mate leave and even more so when they are a lively part of the changing room, which Hughesy was.
To be fair he was probably the best footballer in the squad, natural ability-wise, but just didn't play as much as he would have liked. I speak for all the lads in wishing him well now he's joined Holbeach.
It's been a case of one in, one out, because the gaffer (Gary Setchell) quickly snapped up Pat Bexfield from Cambridge City. I don't know Pat but from what I've seen and heard he seems like a good lad. And with him knowing a lot of the side from his previous spell at The Walks, this will only help him settle in really quickly.
Last week saw us in twice for training because we had no midweek game. Both sessions were easy going by the gaffer's standards – I think he realised a little rest was needed. With league and cup games being played thick and fast all we need to do is tick over as we're all feeling fit.
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There were not many talking points apart from Neil's (Fryatt, assistant manager) rant at Quigz (Dan Quigley) for him forgetting the Ralph Lauren t-shirt he borrowed for the previous weekend's team night out. I doubt he will forget to return it again! But if he has to replace it, it'll be a trip down to Camden Market to get one. Ha! I know I'm going to be on the number two's radar for this but I couldn't resist.
With small-sided games on the agenda, it would also be criminal of me not to report on a horrific incident involving Jordy (Jordan Yong) and Dunks (Russell Dunkley) leaving the latter in all sort of bother.
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It only involved Russ trying to get the ball off Jordan, which I have to admit is easier said than done, but we don't all end up with our arms and legs tied in knots like he did. The end result was everyone on the floor – Dunks because he just fell over and the rest of us because we hit the ground in fits of laughter.
Match-wise, Saturday's 3-0 win over Romulus at The Walks was due to a really good performance from everybody. It was made even easier because of the start we got off to. It always helps if you nick an early goal and Dunks scoring after about 20 seconds was certainly that.
I felt the lads grew in confidence throughout an impressive first-half display which saw the little goal machine Spriggsy (Spriggs) add to his season's tally. Jay (Jason) Lee made it 3-0 soon after the break, which now just leaves me as the only one in my full travelling car without a goal. I'm going to have to try and get on a penalty soon I think.
It's only natural to take your foot off the gas once you've got a comfortable lead and that's what we did. On a personal note, I have a shin problem at the moment which I just can't seem to shake. But I hate missing games, plus fear somebody else taking the jersey, so I'm just battling through it.
One final point about the weekend was the attendance. I'm not entirely sure of the ins and outs of it all but what I will say is that it was really good to see a couple of hundred more fans through the gate. It really helps the lads having such vocal support.
As I'm writing this before Tuesday's clash with Coalville, I hope by the time you're reading this we're three points better off. I'm looking forward to Kidsgrove (Saturday) and Rainworth (Tuesday) away, because it seems we are capable of winning and sending all the loyal away travellers home happy.
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