“It’s a fabulous result for everyone involved with the club” purred an ecstatic Thomas Baillie after seeing skipper Jimmy Fry lift the prestigious Southern League Challenge Cup at the Arden Garages Stadium on Tuesday evening.
It was a fantastic evening, and it’s been great for me to come here and work with some tremendous people particularly Walks (Steve Walker) and Marshy (Nathan Marsh).
Some supporters might wonder why we tinkered with the starting line-up tonight, but we were conscious that we were in a run of four games in eight days and happily they changes seemed to work .
I don’t think that Cinderford ever looked like hurting us apart from a couple of set pieces and I don’t recall Ross Etheridge having a serious save to make. Although it was still level at half time I was always confident that we would go on and win, and once we got ahead I didn’t feel that they would be able to come back.
I’m not sure what the stats are, but it’s difficult to recall any game where we’ve been ahead and then let a lead slip and that’s all down to our game management.
It was excellent to have the backing of a large crowd tonight. This club has great potential, but if it is to progress we need attendances of around the 500 mark for every home game.
Hopefully then the extra fans who were here tonight will have liked what they saw and come back again as regulars.
Meantime we now have three vital League games left and we still need points to be certain of a play off spot. I’m sure we can make it, and once in the play offs we will see what happens and where it takes us.
But first of all let’s enjoy this evening’s success.”