KIRKLEY FC: We've got the magic back

ROYALS REVIEWIT has been a fantastic week for us.Both Stewart and I felt that although we've been winning games recently, something has not been quite right.


IT has been a fantastic week for us.

Both Stewart and I felt that although we've been winning games recently, something has not been quite right. But in the past week the lads have responded in style and come back strongly.

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Last Saturday was a really good performance all round and there was a great team ethos and spirit amongst the lads again.

We changed the formation a bit and it worked really well. James Cole picked up an injury and is likely to be out for a couple of weeks, so Ryan slotted into centre half - which is no problem for him - and Nathan and Andy both returned to the team on the left hand side.

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Ally scored a fine brace and Liam was also on the scoresheet in a good team performance that keeps the run going. In our last 11 games we've only lost once and drawn once but we seemed to have this air about us - but on Saturday it was completely different and we looked more of a unit again.

With Histon's first team without a game in midweek, they used this as an opportunity to play four first teamers and two triallists from Corby Town.

We went a goal behind when the giant triallist headed home from the first corner of the game and it looked ominous. But we got back together superbly and as the first half progressed we began to take control after that.

In the second half we looked a really good side and deservedly scored twice through Ally and Nathan hit the winner with 15 minutes to go.

We have now hit a purple patch at just the right time as both CRC and Needham Market have lost games this week, and although it still looks like being between them and Leiston as a top three we are still in there sitting on the edge of those three sides.

The aim is to still keep winning games and put the pressure on the sides above us as we still have them all to play.

We have a run now of four games in the space of a few days and everyone - apart from James (through injury) and Nathan (who is suspended for the next two games) - is fit for the run-in, and we will need them all during this period.

We'll just keep hanging in there as there is no pressure on us sitting in fourth. Tomorrow will be a tough test against a strong Stanway side, but we are going into the game fully confident of what lies ahead and there's no reason why we can't pick up the points.

Likewise the position we are in, while we can't underestimate Debenham, if we want to remain in contention this is a place we would expect to go to and get a result.

With eight league games to go and the incentive of a cup final at the end of the season, the players are all vying for a starting role as competition for places is fierce, and with games coming up against sides above us there's still a long way to go.

Everyone is up for the run-in and we all realise where we are in the league with the bonus of a cup final as well, so we know we have an important nine games ahead of us.

Mark Boggis was speaking to Jon Reynolds

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