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We've got big week ahead

PUBLISHED: 11:13 05 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:37 06 July 2010

ROYALS REVIEW



SATURDAY'S call-off was another one we could've done without.

We've mentioned it before but when you play Histon Reserves on a Saturday when their first team are also playing we would fancy ourselves so we'll have to wait and see what happens with the re-arranged game.

ROYALS REVIEW

SATURDAY'S call-off was another one we could've done without.

We've mentioned it before but when you play Histon Reserves on a Saturday when their first team are also playing we would fancy ourselves so we'll have to wait and see what happens with the re-arranged game.

That meant our only action this week - and since February 20 - was Wednesday's game against a strong Haverhill side who have taken points off all the top four sides in recent weeks.

We played them a few weeks ago as well and drew 1-1 with a late equaliser, so we knew it was going to be a very tough game.

We had to make a couple of changes as Chris Henderson has picked up an injury and James Cole was working, so Ryan slotted back to centre half from midfield with Liam starting instead of Hendo.

But we started fairly slowly against a very physical Haverhill side and they took the lead inside the first ten minutes. We didn't get to grips with things early on as we looked off the pace and it took us about 25 minutes to really settle.

We didn't get into our game as we know we can, and while the effort was there the quality was missing at times.

But as the half progressed and we settled, we started to get back into our game and eventually pulled level just before half time with a goal from Liam.

We had a chat with the lads at half time and asked them to sharpen things up and show more quality as we competed, and the lads responded perfectly as we dominated the second half.

Eventually we made the possession pay as we won a penalty in the last five minutes, which Woody struck into the bottom corner. We've now won seven of out last eight league games and Leiston's game with Needham Market being called off, we've hauled in another three points from our games in hand.

A few weeks ago when we signed Ali McKenna and Andy Key to take the squad up to a strong 17 players, Stew and I looked at the fixture list and we felt we had 13 games coming up where if things went to plan we could push on into the top four.

Well we've done that - and now the aim is to push on from here and finish in the top four.

We've now got a tough week ahead of us, starting at home to sixth-placed Mildenhall - who've been on a run themselves recently under the management of Simon Charlton and Mick Money.

They won 4-0 on Tuesday night and will be up for it tomorrow, especially after we beat them 4-0 recently when we played really well on the night. They are a lot stronger now and have signed a couple more players recently, so it will be tough.

Next Wednesday we turn our attentions to a game that has been in everyone's thoughts since the FA Vase defeat at Needham Market. We found out in the clubhouse back then that we'd been drawn against Needham in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi final and while its been in the back of our mind I think the game will be a lot closer next week.

To be knocked out of Vase last weekend can deflate tings and with the fixtures they have they still have lots to play for.

We hope that we will get lots of fans, and local football followers to turn out on the night and support us - and hopefully cheer us on into the final at Portman Road.

We know that Ipswich Town Reserves or Bury Town await the winners so it will be great for the management, players and supporters if we can book a place at Ipswich's ground in a cup final.

These types of games don't come along very often and the incentive of K&P versus Ipswich Town Reserves at Portman Road is at stake.

While we've done well in the league, we've also maintained a push into the top four in the league, and it would be lovely to finish in the top four at the end of the campaign.

It was great to welcome Bodie Carter back in midweek after injury, which has put him out of the squad for a long time. Hendo may still be struggling with injury tomorrow, but James Cole will be back.

Jon Reynolds was speaking to Mark Boggis

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