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Royals Review

PUBLISHED: 11:25 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:51 06 July 2010

IT was another good win against Histon Reserves on Saturday but we're taking each game as it comes.

It could have been a tricky one because Histon were coming to us on the back of five wins.

IT was another good win against Histon Reserves on Saturday but we're taking each game as it comes.

It could have been a tricky one because Histon were coming to us on the back of five wins. They started off really badly this year and have been picking up as the season has gone on and I think any team that holds a place in the conference you never really know who the reserves team are going to have playing.

They turned up and were all very young and fit, but at the end of the day we made the game quite comfortable to be honest.

There were great goals from Russell Stock again and another two from Nathan Stone.

We played some good football last week. It's strange the atmosphere around the club as we're starting to get to the stage where people expect.

When a bad result does come along that upsets things, but hopefully we'll just keep taking each game as it comes.

The lads have got their feet well and truly on the floor. We talk about it before every game and we do say to them 'take every game as it comes'.

We keep picking these points up and we'll see where we are just after Christmas and have a look at it.

It was a decent derby game against Lowestoft in the Suffolk Premier Cup on Wednesday.

The conditions were very poor and it was torrential rain throughout the game. That put a lot of people off.

The disappointing thing was the press that happened before hand put a lot of people off the game and then we had the bad weather so I think the gate was about 400.

There had been a lot in the papers about what side Lowestoft were going to put out and to be honest Mick Chapman and Ady Gallagher are good friends of mine away from football, and in a way I can understand what they did, even if some of their supporters can't.

But at the end of the day all we had to do was go out and win the game and we did that.

People say they put a reserve side out but we had four people out as well. Stock didn't play, Ian Dawson didn't play, Ryan De Coteau didn't play and we're still missing Robbie Horton.

Although we had a good side out they would have all been in contention.

James Cole went off after twisting his ankle and has got ligament damage. The physio had a look at him and I think he'll be out for two or three weeks.

They battled fairly well, the Lowestoft side but at the end of the day we got the result we wanted and that was the main thing and we now go into the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup against Walsham-le-Willows.

And hopefully we could be looking at a semi-final place if we do well. There's teams in there that are all beatable so we'll go into the next round confident.

We've got Newmarket away tomorrow. That could be a tricky one. It's not a very nice pitch to play on. They we difficult when we played them at home although we beat them, it took a while for us to break them down.

But we've got people coming back. Dawson's coming back from university, we'll have Stocky back and we'll have De Coteau back.

We get a lot of press about how good we are going forward with Chris Henderson, Stocky and Stone scoring all these goals, but nobody ever seems to mention the back four.

Robert Woodcock has been outstanding in goal and the back four from Joe Jefford, Cole, De Coteau, Taz Grint and Lewis Blois have been fantastic this season.

That does tend to get missed when you win games and people score goals.

It's a funny situation to be in as Leiston found last year with all these games in hand to play. But it's also nice to have those three or four games in hand with people looking over their shoulders at you all the time if you keep winning.

So it's a bit of a double-edged sword.

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