It was really encouraging to hear our supporters getting behind the team on Saturday against Margate, even when we went behind. It is that level of support that encourages the lads on the pitch and will be instrumental in helping us to stay in this division.
The game itself was a manger’s nightmare. With Boothie back at Maidstone and Brems having to pull out through sickness during the warm up, it was ‘backs against the wall’ time. Our situation worsened after 25 minutes when Walks had a bad fall and damaged his arm.
With no substitute keeper on the bench it fell to Azza to go between the sticks. Yet again the pack had to be reshuffled.
Azza is very capable in goal and pulled off a great save almost as soon as he replaced Walks. Unfortunately for him, and us, the ball rebounded off of Billy’s chest and into the net.
Despite these set backs I thought we played some good football and created plenty of goal scoring opportunities. Maybe the result flattered Margate a little bit.
Wednesday's long trip to Bury Town had a very satisfying outcome. Walks was replaced by our old keeper Northy an able replacement who performed well to keep a clean sheet, helped by an impressive defensive display. A Brems penalty and a Clarkie strike were enough to gain three valuable points.
The whole team were excellent and created enough goal scoring chances to win by a bigger margin; that was the only disappointment on an otherwise great night. We all enjoyed the journey home. Lets hope next weeks long trip to Lowestoft brings the same rewards.
Today we face Thurrock who, like us, are battling to stay in this division. This is the six pointer everyone is talking about.
I’d like to welcome the Thurrock manager Mark Stimson and his team. Some of you may recall that Mark was manager of Gray’s Athletic when we met them in the FA Cup in 2005. He made us very welcome that week. I hope they enjoy their visit today…but not too much.
We need a good performance and, most importantly, all three points. With the vocal support of you all we can do it.
On a personal note, many of you are aware that I’m running in the London Marathon on 21 April to raise money for the Breast Cancer Campaign. Many of you have already pledged your support. If anyone else would like to help me raise as much money as I can for this wonderful charity, please click here. Thank you for your support.
All the George