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Cray Wanderers16 Mar 2013 - 08:00
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Jenko’s view from the dugout - Come on you Wands!

Good afternoon everyone and a warm welcome to the players and officials from Lewes FC. Today’s game has been talked about as a six pointer. Whilst it looks like being a classic fight between two clubs battling to avoid the drop, to say it is a six pointer is, to my mind, a little premature. It’s just another game which no doubt the Lewes team, just like ourselves, want to win as much as any other game.

Hopefully both teams can play without fear and entertain both sets of supporters – with us taking all 3 points! We always put on a good show against Lewes, especially in the bar after the game. Today should be no exception.

The point against Leiston was very important for us in terms of our league position. Unfortunately we came away empty-handed against Wingate and Finchley (that’s not my old club by the way Walks!).

To lose 4-3 at home, especially when we played really well, was very disappointing. We created numerous chances to win the game, but towards the end we were a little bit naive by trying for maximum points.

Our cause wasn’t helped by a refereeing decision that led to Wingate’s late winner. Their victory took them above us in the table when a point would put us in a stronger position.

However, the result from their home match against Thurrock on Sunday, after which the Ryman League’s Emergency Committee awarded all three points to the visitors, (subject to any appeal being made), has left Wingate below us having played more games.

Despite the defeat against Wingate the lads have been in great spirits during training – until, that is, the oldies won yet again in the eight v eight match.

I’m pleased to say we’ve got a good mixture of youth and experience in the squad which will benefit from the presence Sam Long, back from his spell at Margate, and Maidstone’s Paul Booth. Both bring great qualities to the team and I’m hoping they’ll be with us next season.

Our physio, Scott, had his work cut out trying to get Azza, Brems, James and Shaggy fit for last Saturday’s game against the Met Police. , where our record is normally good. Unfortunately the inspirational Azza was the only one not to pass his fitness test. Then on match-day Billy Burgess had to pull out through illness.

In spite of these disruptions to the squad Joe and Blado picked a team that put in a top performance and deservedly won all three points, winning 4-2. The goals were scored by Paul Booth, Chris Saunders and two from Brems (one a penalty).

My one big problem now is getting the younger ones to remember the words to the Bob Marley song we sing in the dressing room after a win. Well no one said football management was easy!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal supporters who attended the fans forum earlier this month. I’m grateful to you all for finding the time to come along. It threw up some interesting questions. Hopefully the answers you heard from Gary, Joe, Blado and myself helped clear away some of the confusion that appeared to be circulating around the club.

One positive outcome from the forum was the resurrection of my column in the match-day programme. A longer version appears here online because the editor gave me a 250 word limit for the programme. As some of you know it takes me that long to get going! Now you can read me in stereo.

Finally, as you know, we do try to entertain; that’s the only way to play this game we love more anything. So enjoy the game and bring some of your mates to our next match.

To read Jenko's reaction to the win over AFC Wimbledon click here

All the george


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