THE CAPTAIN'S BLOG: THE HIGHS AND LOWS
It was a mixed week for us this week, as we saw our unbeaten run come to a dramatic end.
First up we played Cambridge City at Creasey Park on Saturday the 30th January. Cambridge had just ended their winless run away to Frome. They started well against us with an early goal, but we managed to battle back promptly and went into the second half 2-1 up. Unlike previous games at Creasey the wind wasn’t as strong and I felt like if we kept playing to the level we finished the first half we would end up winners, and this was to be the case. With a bit of luck Walesy managed to poke home the third and we saw the game out comfortably which was a positive sign after conceding late against Stratford.
Overall I felt it was a good performance as we came from behind and also managed to sustain our lead without giving them a sniff of goal, which I hoped would have boded well for the future.
On Tuesday we went to Chesham on the back of seven wins and one draw in the last eight games and I felt confident that this run would continue, unfortunately I was very wrong. We started the game well, moving the ball quickly across what was a difficult pitch.
Despite this, I would say against the run of play Chesham scored from a poorly defended corner by us, but Talbs was able to maintain his scoring form with a goal very soon after, leaving their goalkeeper with no chance. Going in to the second half I felt like that game would play out in a similar way to the Cambridge game, with us defending well and being clinical in the final third. Chesham scored three goals within a hectic seven or eight minutes in which I felt all could have been defended better. In the end despite efforts to get back in the game, Chesham ran out 5-1 winners. After they scored the second we almost gave them the three points with still over 40 minutes of the game to play and our work rate decreased massively.
Unfortunately on the day it seemed like Chesham wanted it more, which is extremely disappointing as I know how much it means to the lads to do something special this year and finish in a play-off position. This defeat was painful to take as I didn’t see it coming. The manner it happened in was not acceptable and although as mentioned, it is difficult to take, we have to push on and learn from it for the remaining 15 games.
The last time we lost in the league we were beaten heavily by Chippenham away and we went on a great run and I hope the same happens this time, despite the Chesham game I am confident the lads have the ability and mentality to get into the play-offs.