Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
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The gaffer (Gary Setchell) announced that he had signed midfielder James Jepson from Gresley before completing Sam Mulready's return the following day.
Jepson is somebody we're all aware of as he was very good when they drew 2-2 here in October. That was the game I got smashed in the eye and had to come off after about 30 minutes. To be fair, I couldn't really see him after it happened – he must have been on my blind side.
He's obviously a very good player. Anybody with any quality is a valuable addition, especially at this stage of the season. It eliminates complacency as players have got to be playing well to get in the side – whatever position they play in.
I met James briefly on Saturday –more on that later – and he seems like a good lad. He shaves his legs, which is a bit weird if you ask me, but apart from that I think he'll fit in just fine.
I didn't need to introduce myself to our other new arrival. When Sam was here on loan earlier this term it was a bit stop-start for him to begin with and just as it looked like he'd be playing more football, and his performances were really good, he got taken away from us. All the lads are pleased to see him come back on a permanent basis as we know all about him and the qualities he can bring to the team.
With a couple of signings being made the gaffer had to balance the books. It's the toughest part of his job having to release players, as we all get on so well together. But he decided that Whitey (Danny White) was the best person to let go.
Whitey loved it at Lynn, but he always wanted to play more minutes and maybe the move gives him more opportunities to do that. We wish him well at Wisbech Town and we'll miss him because he's a good lad.
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Back to the action, I was a fan again on Saturday against Newcastle Town as I sat out the last game of my suspension. And I'll admit it was frustrating to watch. It always is when you're not part of it.
Saturday was the first time I've sat up in the stand. When you play you hear some groans and you think people are being harsh on you. But in the first half, and the lads will be the first to admit it, it didn't look good.
To be fair it's an unbelievable stat that we have picked up 21 points from losing positions. And I don't know why, but we seem to be better attacking the Hospital End. We score more goals shooting that way and I don't know whether that's something psychological or not.
We scored early on in the second half through Quigz (Dan Quigley) to make it 1-1 and he went on to get all three. People go on about his desire, hunger and passion, but he can play a bit. I've played with him for a few years now (at Long Buckby before Lynn) and he's got really good technique.
I know what he's capable of and he should probably score more goals than he does. His third came from the penalty spot and I've seen him miss a few. At the time I thought I'd rather go 3-1 up than him try and score his hat-trick. But it was a good penalty to be fair.
He got the headlines, and the stick for his after-game interview, but I don't think he spoke too badly. There's not a lot I can hammer him for apart from he said he wanted to give the match ball to his mum. I tried to grab it off him on Saturday and boot it over the car park, but he started screaming so I thought I best give him it back.
Finally, to end on another positive, I sat with Stuart Wall at the weekend and he seems quite upbeat about making his comeback. It seems like, now he's had his knee operation, he's seen the light at the end of the tunnel. I've moaned enough about missing two games, so goodness knows how he's been feeling. We all look forward to seeing him kicking a ball again.
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