Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
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The title is still all to play for after we drew 0-0 at league leaders Coalville Town on Tuesday.
The match itself was a case of two teams not wanting to lose it. Despite the scoreline, I thought it was a good game. It wasn't pure football, but it was an interesting battle.
Before the game the atmosphere in the dressing room was strange. It was quiet, but not a nervous quiet. I got the feeling everyone knew their jobs and what needed to be done.
I thought Jay (Jason) Lee and Gullers (Phil Gulliver) were different class. The gaffer (Gary Setchell) I think has kicked himself a bit with the formation he played at Stamford. We matched up Halesowen 4-4-2 on Saturday. But I always thought he was going to put another body in the middle of midfield at Coalville.
Ross Watson played in there as it was going to be a fight. He gives that extra strength, he's an 110pc man, and I thought he was different class. But I don't think there was a bad performance from anyone. They stepped up to the plate and delivered sevens and eights out of 10.
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The destiny of the championship is out of our hands again now. We're a point behind. But both teams know it's not over. You could tell by the reaction at the final whistle that neither side celebrated. They just saw it as a job done. We'll be concentrating on our next four games and if we win all of them I think we'll win the league. It's going to be harder for them, I think, to win all four because they've only won once in 11 matches. But I guess time will tell.
Prior to Tuesday, it had been a week to forget on a personal and team level. We travelled to Halesowen on Saturday for what we knew was going to be a difficult game. And it was. It was a nightmare for me as I failed to even make the warm up, thus making my season officially over.
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I think I've been kidding myself in the past few weeks. I just didn't want to admit that I was no longer going to be able to make a contribution in our promotion push.
I now have to face up to the realisation that I'm going to need an operation before I can play again.
I'm really disappointed but now I have to play a fans' role and encourage the lads right until the final kick of the season.
The game itself at the weekend didn't help my mood, even though we started really brightly and deserved to take an early lead. We had a couple of half-chances but we just didn't get going in the final third of the pitch. Halesowen took the lead midway through the first half and we just never really recovered.
Despite the result, I thought our centre-halves and Danny (Gay, 'keeper) were superb again. Especially Jay. If there is a better centre-back in our league at the moment then I haven't seen him. His form since Christmas has been fantastic and he seems to be getting better and better.
Away from football, we had another one of the gaffer's team bonding nights last week. He arranged with the chairman (Buster Chapman) for us to go down and watch the speedway (Lynn Stars) on Wednesday. I can speak for all the lads and say what a good night it was. I didn't realise how big the sport actually is and I said on the way home how good it is that so many of the Lynn people support all of their local teams.
While walking around the Norfolk Arena I saw so many familiar faces from our matches. I know a few of the lads will be going back for more meetings, which is what I believe they are called, before the season is over.
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