GOLCAR UNITED 0 - 2 BORO
We were delighted with the teams performance this afternoon. Every single man out there gave us 100% and followed our instruction to the letter. We knew that it would be a tough game against a side who have got off to a good start themselves this season, and with a sell out crowd it was going to need strong characters from our lads, they delivered.
I'm not going to single anybody out for special mention, but I must say that I've witnessed a really positive change in attitudes and maturity from some of our players. When you are a young side up against seasoned players who have been around the block a few years it's easy to get sucked into a battle you can't win, the only way to out wit them is by playing the game. No confrontation, no reckless tackles, just keeping composed and focused on the job in hand.
The fitness levels of the players has also been excellent. A lot of the credit must go to Dave Felgate for the way he set out his stall in pre-season with those Saturday sessions, It's been easy to see that those sessions are working. The lads movement and energy levels are hurting teams and that needs to continue if we are to compete every week.
It was also good to see the new lads getting minutes under their belt and making a positive difference to the squad. Every one of my squad players are all equally important, we don't have individuals here, we have a team. Ross Hildersley, Alex Luby and young Jacob Godsman-Pilling all contributed to the cause at Golcar, but saying that, even the lads who didn't get on the pitch contributed in creating the energy around the dressing room. A team is much more than 90 minutes, it's the entire season and we need those kind of players if we are to be successful.
We've now got a few days before we go again at home to Steeton AFC on Tuesday night. They're also a side that have got off to a good start with some quality displays so we'll need to be on it again. I've been really impressed with the support we've had so far as well. The two FA Vase games and the league fixture against Chadderton attracted good crowds, and the support and atmosphere doesn't go unnoticed by the players and staff. Please keep turning up and we'll do everything we possibly can to go out there and win every game. Our players are an honest hardworking bunch and you'll get nothing but 100% from them. See you all on Tuesday #UpTheBoro