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Three points a great boost

PUBLISHED: 11:26 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:27 05 July 2010

SHORTEN BRIEF

ON Saturday we visited the in-form Stanway Rovers, a ground where we have always struggled in the past, so to come away with all three points was a great achievement.

SHORTEN BRIEF

ON Saturday we visited the in-form Stanway Rovers, a ground where we have always struggled in the past, so to come away with all three points was a great achievement.

It proves how far we have advanced over the last couple of months with the input on the training ground from our coaching staff, ably led by Mitch Rumsey, who has returned to the club with Paul Graham and they have fitted straight back in to their previous roles like a glove.

We demonstrated improvements in a number of areas since our home game with Stanway back in November when they visited Walmer Road and outplayed us for long periods of the game.

OK the 1-0 win on Saturday was far from being a one-sided game as our hosts missed a number of good chances but we played very well as a unit and on work rate alone deserved to come away with the points.

Our forwards are currently benefiting from some additional training from Donnie Pye who has joined Mitch's training staff and we saw immediate evidence of this on Saturday with a great Nathan Stone run onto a defence splitting pass from Chris Henderson and a very controlled finish.

The work-rate from the entire team on an energy-sapping pitch was relentless with our wide-players taking some extra credit for having to apply far more to their defensive game than they have over recent matches and it was encouraging that they were prepared to do this to the overall benefit of the team.

Nathan Pauling's performance in goal should also not go un-noticed as he made some outstanding saves at key times in the game, which kept our result intact. Stanway go down as one of the best sides we have played this season and their current league position does not emphasise this, they have probably suffered from their impressive cup runs.

MoM: Nathan Stone.

Tomorrow sees us take our first look at Swaffham as they visit Walmer Road and if our previous encounters with them are anything to go by it will be a pretty tough game where we will be tested physically.

We are likely to still be without brothers Nick and Jamie Stokeld who are both still carrying knocks, Max Blowers who is recovering from his hamstring injury and Scott Manning is also a doubt.

So the squad will continue to function and we will be hopeful of continuing this good run of wins.

Nick Shorten was speaking to Mark Boggis

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