GAFFER TAPES . . . Bishops Cleeve v Ciren Town
NATHAN has gone back to London and will have an X-ray tonight.
When Nathan collapses in pain you know it is bad. Gary Murphy, our physio, thinks he may have broken a bone in his foot, but we will soon know for sure.
Of course, if we lose Nathan it will be a massive blow as we are already short in that central midfield area.
Nathan apart, it was a very good day and important to get our first win on board.
We were well worth it and Bishops Cleeve can have no complaints.
We changed the system to play three at the back, with Andy Minturn coming in alongside Kes and Gary. Lee Spalding and Ben Pugh played as wing backs.
Harry Etheridge came in alongside Nathan and Matt Williams played in the hole behind Jools and Adam Heath up front.
It was a great toss for Gary to win because it was like the worst Ciren wind tunnel today.
We used the wind to our advantage in the first half and it was as good as we have played in the time myself and Oggy have been in charge.
Jools got two good goals and we could have been five or six up at half-time with their keeper making a couple of good saves Jools was fantastic and they struggled to cope with him all day.
He led the line brilliantly, put in a full 90 minutes and there was a real desire to stay on at the end.
With Nathan going off after only ten minutes there was a lot of responsibility on the kids, Harry and Rob Dean, who came off the bench.
They both reflected great credit on our Academy. Rob did a tremendous job and Harry was excellent in his man-marking role in the second half. Bishops Cleeve had the wind in their favour in the second half and it was backs-to-the-wall time after they scored so early on.
Andy and Kes were very good and Gary Thorne was outstanding.
Even so, both Jools and Adam had stonewall penalties on the break in the second half which were turned down. The incompetence of the officials just heightened our frustration.
We now have the FA Cup this weekend when it will be impossible to bring someone in because teams will not want them Cup-tied.
But we will be working very hard to get one or possibly two central midfielders in by the next league game against Abingdon.