IT WAS not a classic of a game to say the least.

The weather was blustery, the pitch bumpy and there was a lack of quality from both sides.

Of course, it was a relief to get a late winner again and perhaps our luck is changing because while the linesman flagged for the penalty the ref didn’t give it initially. So it was the reverse of the Cinderford situation recently.

We had to set up 4-3-3 as we were short of natural left-footers with Shaun Wimble out.

Gary Thorne had a sore shin and we went without him as we had enough bodies, even though Russ Courtney was not ready having tweaked the ligaments in his foot in his last game for Shortwood when blocking a shot.

Then we lost Lee Spalding quite early on when he fell awkwardly and his back went into spasm.

Some of the team were off colour and some were clearly short of games and frankly half-time could not have come at a better moment because we needed to get them in for a chat and a rethink.

Julian then scored from a corner and we missed a number of chances in the second half to make sure. But I am not going to complain about back-to-back wins. I have been here a month now and I think I know the areas we need to improve.

Robbo is not putting enough pressure on the other two strikers, we need a creative midfielder, but the priority is defence as, though we are tenth in the league, we have the third worst goals against total. We are having to score two, three or four goals in games to cope in games and that can’t be healthy.

It is difficult getting hold of the players I want but I shall be putting in more calls this week.

Hopefully, all the injuries will respond to treatment ahead of Saturday, but we will definitely have to do without Jamie Reid, whose mum is getting remarried.