Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
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It has been a relatively quiet past seven days after the postponement of our game at Coalville – and the gaffer even decided to give us the whole week off with the orders to do a bit on our own and 'tick over'.
This isn't the time of the season where the lads need to be running at training.
The lads are not going to get any fitter than we are now so it is all about ticking the games off and resting in between matches.
Games are going to be coming thick and fast over the final few weeks of the season – we are Saturday-Tuesday more often than not now until the end of April.
We are all going to be needed and the gaffer keeps saying he is going to get rest into players and pick a side he feels can get a result for that particular game. I imagine personnel and formations will change when he sees it necessary.
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As players we shouldn't read most of the stuff written and I don't often but I have had a look at the forum lately.
Performance or results has been a topic of discussion. Although everybody wants to play great attacking football and win games sometimes both don't go hand in hand.
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It's the business end of the season now and I for one would take a result over entertaining people every time. Anything after the three points at this stage is a bonus. That's not to say we don't try to play nice stuff every game, but on occasions it hasn't happened, that's when all the boys have needed to dig in and while we can probably be accused of not playing the football supporters want we can never be accused of lacking the passion and desire to win football matches for everyone connected with the club.
The home game Saturday against Leek was a perfect example of both good football and a big will to claim all three points.
Dan Jacobs made is debut for the club and it didn't take long for him to give the fans something to cheer about. He managed to mark his first appearance with a goal following some good work down the right from Spriggsy. The lads celebrations show how happy we all were for him but also I think we realise he could be an important figure during our run in, no pressure mate!
Another popular scorer for us in the first half was Tolls (Shane Tolley). He has gone a few games without a goal but having spoken to him about it, it hasn't played on his mind as like all the rest of the squad he has confidence in his ability and he knows his work rate and performances will be rewarded with goals.
He took his goal really well and we went into the break 2-0 up and this could and maybe should have been more.
The second 45 was all about the desire that I touched on earlier. They came at us in the second half and we found it difficult to play the sort of stuff we did during the first half but again we dug in and took all three points and came away with a clean sheet.
This was mainly down to Danny Gay in goal, who made a couple of great saves, notably the one on one in the first half.
His saves can easily go unnoticed and taken for granted as he does one or two most weeks, but we all appreciate our goalkeeper and I'd back him in a one on one with most strikers.
The three points were made even sweeter given the Stamford result and the fact Coalville were called off again so this was in affect one of our games in hand. A good day going three points closer to the leaders and overtaking Stamford in the process.
I'm writing this before the tricky away fixture at Chasetown. It seems for ever since we hosted them for the first game of the season.
They are one of the in form sides in the league and I'm sure they have play off aspirations of there own.
We know we need to be at our best to get the points and hopefully by the time this is out we have done just that.
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- This column appeared in print on March 21.