It's been a good week for us with two positive results. On Saturday in the FA Cup against Great Yarmouth, it was always going to be a tough game. League form goes out the window and they've got a good side that had started the season well.
It's been a good week for us with two positive results.
On Saturday in the FA Cup against Great Yarmouth, it was always going to be a tough game. League form goes out the window and they've got a good side that had started the season well.
We knew we were the favourites and at home and playing at a higher level and they had some old Lowestoft boys as well like Marcus Saunders and Stewart Roach so we knew it would be tough and it proved to be.
It was a typical local derby with not a lot of quality football played, but an end-to-end hard fought contest. We scored an early goal through Scott Mitchell from a free-kick directly into the top corner to give us the lead we wanted and we had a lot possession and kept the ball well in the first half, but they defended really well.
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In the second half they made it really tough and I think both sides cancelled each other out. We had to wait until ten minutes from the end to get our second through Damian Hilton and then killed the game with a Ross King goal.
All in all it was a good win and in any cup competition the result is always more important than the performance.
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Within 48 hours we had to play again and it was a long trip into London to Leyton. It was a hot day and we knew it was going to be tough and we got there and it was the worst football pitch I've seen in my football career.
It was absolutely shocking. There was glass on the pitch, flint sticking up out of the ground. It was very uneven and there were ruts in the pitch that could turn people's ankles and a few nails scattered about.
The referee made them clear the pitch before he would give the go-ahead to start.
We got underway and were 1-0 down within five minutes. That was disappointing but we rallied round, stuck together and got ourselves back in with a goal from a set piece and Kingy finished it off for us.
The second half was end-to-end. It wasn't the best game of football quality wise but it was a hard-fought game on a terrible pitch in hot conditions and both sides had chances. It was a fair result and sometimes you have to grind results out and that was exactly what we did.
The lads have been fantastic and got a fully deserved point. If you can pick up points away from home and win your home games you won't be far away at the end of the season.
Northwood is another tough game tomorrow, but they're all tough in this league. They've started really well and they're up there and it's going to be a cracker.
But we're looking forward to it and it's another challenge for us in front of a big crowd.
Five games, three wins, one draw and one defeat all in all isn't a bad start.