Since our first update a week ago we've been delighted with the return of 4 points from 2 tough away trips. Last weekend at Tiverton was a real physical battle and the players stood up to the test brilliantly. We defended resolutely as a team throughout the game and although the winning goal was more than a little fortunate we saw the game out pretty comfortably in the end and it was an enjoyable coach journey home.
On Tuesday it was a very different test against Weston-super-Mare who were the best side we've seen at this level for quite a while. Once again our lads stood up to the test, defending really well but also offering a real threat on the break. It was a proper team performance and we don't like to pick out individuals but will make a special mention to Lewis Pegg who was outstanding on his debut and Nathan Minhas whose 2 goals on the night were his 50th and 51st for the club which is a great achievement and we're sure there are plenty more to come.
The one disappointment this week was losing Aaron Minhas who decided to join Uxbridge after a 7 day approach. Aaron has been a great servant to the club, making 130 appearances, weighing in with 30 goals of his own, to add to the family tally.
He is a player we liked and tried to keep but we respect his decision and wish him well.
Looking ahead to tomorrow it's another away trip as we visit Hartley Wintney who are fighting for their lives under new manager Rowan Vine and who have proved much harder to beat recently so we know it will be another tough game. Charlie Smith will miss out with a tight hamstring but we are pleased to welcome back Callum Webb and Olly Sprague who have both missed the last 2 games.
For the two of us personally it has been great to be back in the dugout this week and we've been delighted by the response from the players who have been first class. We now look forward to another busy week as we try to finish the season as strongly as possible!
Unders & Bakes