Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks
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The past week has been a bit busier off the pitch, rather than on it for a change, after a hectic few weeks of constantly playing.
I went down to Harley Street in London to The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic last Thursday. Phil Ward (physio) believed I was suffering from an injury known as Gilmore Groin as I was showing all the symptoms, and his hunch was confirmed by the specialist. I am gutted to have been diagnosed with the injury to be honest, but on the plus side it's a relief to finally know what has been causing me so much pain since the New Year.
I have had an on-going hip problem that I am also in the process of getting sorted. I have always been able to play with this injury, but I haven't been able to do so with this groin problem. I can remember exactly when I first felt that something wasn't right – it was about 10 minutes into the FA Trophy game at home to Southport (January 12).
To begin with I assumed I had just picked up a groin strain. However, in the weeks after that game it gradually got worse and it got so bad after the away match against Chasetown (March 19) that I haven't been able to play since.
The specialist I saw said I will need an operation to correct the problem and suggested I get it done as soon as possible. But he said I wouldn't do any more damage by trying to play, if possible, with it and that's what I will try to do. I am desperate to get back and help the lads and the club achieve promotion at our first attempt and will do whatever I can to do so.
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On a more positive note the Evo-Stik Division One South team of the season has been released. The club has been represented in two positions with Gullers (Phil Gulliver) taking up a centre-half place and Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs) the right-wing slot. I am not surprised at either of these selections and they are both thoroughly deserved in my opinion.
Firstly, I think Gullers has been a rock for us all season and is someone who goes about his business, not getting the headlines nor probably the credit his consistency deserves. He has been a pleasure to play with this campaign and it's there for everyone to see why he has played at the levels he has done during his career.
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Spriggsy, on the other hand, has had a lot of the headlines through the season, and rightly so, given the vital goals he has scored and created. I'm not sure he would get in Boston United's team of 2012/13 (where he spent a very short spell this year before returning to Lynn) but he has made it into our league's team of the year and that speaks wonders for how well he has done for us. I know he will keep adding to his goal tally right up until the end of the season.
Back to football, the lads got back to winning ways at The Walks on Saturday against Loughborough. It was crucial we picked up the three points after losing at Stamford and the win proved to be even more vital as Coalville dropped more points.
After a nervy opening 45 minutes the lads once again showed a great winning mentality and it didn't take long for the man who has produced goals when we have needed them all season to get another for us. Spriggsy finished off a great ball from Beauy (Danny Beaumont). I had a great view of it as I was in the corner trying to stand in the sun and it was a clever finish, waiting for the keeper to go down before finding the corner.
The second came from a set-piece, which was pleasing as I don't think we have scored enough from them given the height and heading ability we have in our side. Gullers found the net with his second of the campaign to wrap up a good 2-0 victory.
The games are being chalked off thick and fast now. We have two tough away games with the trip to Halesowen on Saturday followed by Tuesday's game at Coalville. Every match is crucial, but this could be a massive week for us, especially after Coalville lost 1-0 at Halesowen on Tuesday. That helped as it puts, for the first time, the destination of the title in our hands.
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