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Chappo's Corner

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 05 July 2010

IT has been a great start to the season for us - we couldn't have wished for any better.

To get six points out of six is great, everyone is buzzing the boys are looking really fit and there's a great atmosphere at the club.

IT has been a great start to the season for us - we couldn't have wished for any better.

To get six points out of six is great, everyone is buzzing the boys are looking really fit and there's a great atmosphere at the club.

The dressing room is a really good place to be in at the moment, we've got competition for places and everyone is looking forward to the new campaign.

Ely are a good side, and they showed that they are no mugs against us and by beating King's Lynn reserves in midweek. We went 2-0 up in difficult conditions with two good goals from Gary McGee, who took his chances really well.

As the rain came down we kept our shape well and defended well when we had to as we secured three points from our first game. Against Wroxham on Tuesday it was always going to be a tough test. We've always said that if you finish higher up the table than Wroxham then you are in with a shout - they are a good side.

They hurt us a lot last season so we took the game to them. We showed a lot of character after going behind so early in the game, we kept our discipline and hit back to lead 2-1 with goals from Jamie Godbold and Dale Cockrill.

These goals put us in control and we played some good football. In the second half we continued in a similar fashion and played really well, fully deserving a third goal and then creating further opportunities to increase the lead.

But five minutes from time we made it a nervy ending as we conceded a sloppy goal. But we kept our discipline and shape well as we secured a well-earned three points.

It's been a while since we've made as good a start to the season as this year, and the wins breed confidence throughout the whole club - through the players and fans alike.

Now we just to have to continue this good start as there's a long season ahead - and that's why we're just focusing on our next game.

They don't come any bigger than the FA Cup - given all the glamour that goes with it. It's the biggest competition in the world and when sides at our level get an opportunity to compete in it you want to do everything we can to stay in the competition and go as far a we can in it.

It will be a tough game. St Ives are a well-organised side who want to progress into a higher league - so we know it won't be easy. But we'll focus on ourselves and look to continue the good start we've made to the season.

Matty Potter is still struggling with a strain picked up before the start of the Wroxham game, Neil Plaskett is improving slowly while both Craig Lewis and Adam Rix should be back and available again after work commitments.

We should have a strong squad to pick from and we'll be doing everything we can to ensure we stay in the cup. We are all looking forward to the tie, and we'd hope that the fans will turn out to cheer us on all the way.

In our two home games so far, over 400 fans have flocked to Crown Meadow, which is absolutely fantastic. They've been very vocal and it's something that we want to continue, as they're the best supporters in the league by a mile.

We're hoping for another big crowd to get behind us tomorrow.


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