The Non-League Football Paper - - RESULTS SERVICE -

SO FAR so good – but we know we haven’t done any­thing yet. We had im­por­tant back-to-back wins against Alder­shot and Tran­mere but win, lose or draw we keep our feet on the ground. Alder­shot went down to ten men early, yet they caused us a lot of prob­lems, pos­ses­sion-wise, so noth­ing is ever plan sail­ing. Sim­i­larly at Tran­mere. The first 20 min­utes we were un­der a lot of pres­sure and they prob­a­bly edged the first half, but we went in 1-0. We al­ways hang on in there – they lev­elled in the sec­ond half and we didn’t let it af­fect us be­fore we scored three goals in quick suc­ces­sion. To­geth­er­ness is a big part of our suc­cess. The game be­fore Alder­shot we were 1-0 down to Guise­ley, we didn’t panic, stuck to what we were do­ing and got the vic­tory. The squad has a good mix of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth. Our mid­fielder Danny Whi­taker epit­o­mises what the club and the man­ager are about. I’m 36 and he’s a year older – he’s my driv­ing force and keep­ing me young! If he can keep go­ing then so can I. Whits is the fittest 37-year-old I’ve ever seen. He scored a cou­ple against Tran­mere and a penalty at Alder­shot. Play­ers like him are worth their weight in gold. We’ve got some re­ally good pro­fes­sion­als who set a good ex­am­ple for the young lads, who prob­a­bly all feel they’ve got some­thing to prove. You want to play in the Foot­ball League, it’s as sim­ple as that. They’re good enough to do it. Last sea­son we had a few play­ers who got moves and that may or may not come around for one or two. But for the vast ma­jor­ity the best chance is to get pro­moted at a club mov­ing for­ward in the right di­rec­tion. The man­ager is ob­vi­ously a big part of that. He knows the club in­side out and he’s as­sem­bled a good squad. Fin­gers crossed we can re­pay him by get­ting pro­moted. First and fore­most, he’s a de­cent bloke and the lads re­spect that. We play for him and we play for each other.

Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton

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