“On Saturday I witnessed a group of players that had grown in confidence and stature, but most importantly grown as a team. I said before that it would take time for this group to bond and get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and appreciate each other’s games and they did exactly that at the weekend with an excellent performance which warranted the three points.
I have to say that in particular, I was delighted with the performances of Alex Kelly and Mahrez Bettache. I thought they showed technical brilliance, imagination and creativity to unlock Frome’s back four on numerous occasions which created good goalscoring opportunities.
James found himself in some fantastic positions and finished with aplomb. The lad’s confidence is going from strength to strength and I think coming back to the football club was exactly the right move for James at the right time. The boy has to feel loved, we have a good relationship and one that will only grow, as well as his game. I only wish I had him five years ago because with the ability he has, who knows where he could have ended up in the game.
We’re all on a high after a 4-1 win against what has to be said is a good Frome side. Having beaten Taunton and Harrow and unfortunately losing out to Beaconsfield in the week, Danny Greaves has done an exceptional job in getting a team that were practically relegated to getting them back to within touching distance of safety, so I have to applaud Danny for what he’s done over the last six weeks as it looked like a lost cause. Danny will definitely go on to be a very good non-league manager, he loves the game, is a gentleman and someone I’ve enjoyed sharing a touchline with this season.
For me our job is clear. We’ve got four games remaining against tough opposition, starting with Tiverton and then on to Salisbury, Kings Langley and then away at Merthyr on the final day. Gosport pulled out a magnificent result in beating Salisbury, Wimborne got beaten and looking at the table above us now, ourselves and Gosport have now brought maybe three or four teams back into the equation, trying to avoid the bottom three.
We find ourselves in the final of the Southern Combination Cup, in the semi final of the Surrey Senior Cup against Met Police tomorrow, so there’s some exciting times ahead. If you ask me what I’d want to achieve, of course it would be to win two trophies and stay up, but I’m also a realist. Step 3 status will be our priority from now until the end of the season, we worked so hard to get here last season and I’m not willing to let go without a fight. Also, seeing the fan’s reaction yesterday and I tweeted about it after the game just what I think of them, when things go well they applaud you but when things aren’t going so well, they sing even louder. To me that’s a proper set of fans and one that wear their hearts on their sleeves and love the football club. Not only are our fans so positive and enthusiastic as they are every game, they’re also good human beings and people I enjoy sharing time with in the bar area and around the club. So long may that support continue, long may it grow and long may the club also grow and go from strength to strength.
Rest assured, I’ll be working extremely hard and cranking up the pace if you like my end on the management side, just to make sure we cover every nook and cranny. Every team we’re due to play will be analysed and we’ll be extremely focused on the job in hand as we do everything we can to maintain our Step 3 status.
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night as we take on a very much in-form Met Police side after an exceptional result away at Taunton on Saturday. I must admit I was cheering them on and hoping they’d beat Weymouth last week, it’s good to see a young side that’s been put together and also the infrastructure behind the scenes. I speak to Jon Nurse quite a lot and what they’ve achieved has been excellent this season, implementing the youth and it’s what we try to do a lot of over the years in non-league and it’s great to see other clubs doing it. We got promoted doing it last season and you can see Met Police second in the league doing it this season, so it’s a breath of fresh air and it should be a great game of football tomorrow night.
I look forward to seeing you all there, have a great week.