Update from manager Ian Street.
Hello everyone, hope you are all well.
Well it’s been an up and down week after suffering the disappointment of a last minute of extra time goal to exit us from the FA Vase at Oldham last Saturday, to a good performance and a very welcome three league points on Wednesday at Eccleshall FC.
Everyone was gutted after the Vase defeat especially as we had most of the play and had numerous opportunities to comfortably win the game, we showed a bit of naivety on their two goals by not clearing our defensive areas well enough and allowed them to score two thunderbolts from 25 yards to take the game away from us.
In my opinion it was probably the only way that they were going to score as like most teams we come up against they seemed content just to try and contain us, keeper Matt Conkie I don’t think had a decent shot to save again.
What is good about this game is that we get the chance to quickly put things right in the next game, I asked the lads to show how much it hurt to let our supporters and ourselves down and that was the case in the Wednesday night performance.
To a man we gave 100% and that is all I can ask for, add that to our quality of play and it’s a good combination.
Making his debut for the club on Wednesday was central defender Craig Farnworth who signed on Monday, Craig is a big strong player and he no doubt will be a huge player for us going forward. He lives fairly local to me and has a big reputation in our area, I am pleased that he has shown the right attitude and ambition to travel down to us.
It was also pleasing for Dean McGregor to get on the score sheet a couple of times, he works hard for the team and was just lacking that killer instinct and a bit of luck in front of goal.
It’s been a tough few weeks “squad wise” with the injuries we have had, we picked up another last Saturday with Ryan Stewart suffering ligament damage that will keep him out for a few games. Also missing for two weeks is midfielder Lee Jones who goes away on holiday and is getting married.
Fingers crossed that a few of the injured lads will be back and will start in the Mid-Cheshire cup game next Tuesday, we should have central defender Danny Thomas, left back Dave Tickle, Phil Coffin is getting another game in at Heswall FC on Saturday after his knee injury and also Stuart Wellstead will return after his three game suspension.
Tomorrow’s game will be a very tough encounter, Chadderton are one of the recent form teams and we have to maintain and continue our level of league performance to come away with something.
Enjoy, onwards and upwards…!