Baillie – “it was easier than I thought it would be”

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“A comfortable win” was Town boss Thomas Baillie’s assessment after seeing his side consolidate their play off spot with a 2-0 success over Royston.

“They were a side with nothing to play for and they looked it.  They had a very end of season feel about them and when I saw how quiet their manager  was in the dug out when he is usually fairly vocal I knew that  it was going to be a lot easier than I originally thought.

I’m chuffed that Lewis Wilson got on the scoresheet.  As I’ve said before he incredibly versatile  and also incredibly consistent.  Whereas some players are 9 out of 10 one week and then 4 out of 10 the next Lewis is always in the 7 or 8 out of 10 bracket and does a tremendous job for the team.

Mike Taylor took his goal well and it was also another confident performance from Ross Etheridge who followed up his penalty save against Lowestoft with another fabulous  one this afternoon.

The only downside are  the injuries to Chris Cox and Jamie McAteer.  Coxy has an ankle problem and is also complaining about pain in his hip, while Jamie’s  is probably a recurrence of his hamstring issue.

Some people might say that we have been guilty of rushing him back too soon, but the player has trained without any difficulty and the medical staff passed him as fit to play so it’s massively frustrating for all concerned.

I regard the central defensive partnership of Jamie and Jordan Williams as the best in the League and I hope he is able to be back before the end of the season.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s cup final we will field our strongest available team as it’s a competition that we want to win having got this far, but we certainly won’t be taking any risks fitness wise with any player as  we still have three League games and hopefully the play offs to come after that.”

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