Yeovil Town defender Jamie Reckord said his team-mates will go in to Tuesday night’s trip to Barnet full of confidence after taking four points from two teams in the National League play-off places.

The 31-year-old said the team’s attitude going in to yesterday’s match at fourth-placed Chesterfield, which they drew 1-1, was buoyed by a 1-0 home win over Eastleigh four days earlier.

Barnet sit in sixth place, below the Glovers’ previous two opponents albeit with games in hand, having booked their place in the FA Trophy semi-finals with a penalty shoot-out win over Maidstone United at the weekend.

Asked about the spirit in the camp by BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the draw at Chesterfield, Reckord said: “To go in to a game thinking more positively because we have not come off a loss is massive for the lads.
You always think about your last game whether you win, lose or draw, so to (have won on Tuesday) and drawing today is going to help.
It is a tough schedule, but if we go out there (at Barnet) and play like we did against Chesterfield today there is no reason we can’t go and get a result and win at Barnet and then at Halifax next Saturday.

The point lifted Yeovil four points clear of the relegation places with Gateshead in Trophy action and Dorking Wanderers losing at Notts County, but Reckord says the side cannot afford to focus on the scrap at the bottom.

He said: “We just worry about ourselves and that is all you can worry about, the teams around us are out of our control, all we can do is worry about what is in front of us and that is Barnet on Tuesday.

It was Reckord who conceded a 33rd minute penalty, scored by Chesterfield striker Paul MacCallum to give the home side the lead on Saturday. The defender was adjudged to have handled a cross from Liam Mandeville which manager Mark Cooper believed was harsh.

Asked about the decision, the player said: “It was quite harsh and obviously I am going to say that I didn’t think it was a pen. It happens, sometimes referees give decisions (against you), but as a group we reacted really well, came back and we showed we have got a bit about us coming to a ground like this and getting back in to the game.

In the second half, he had the best chance to nick a winner: “I thought I was going to nick it before the keeper got there. But we created some patterns of play, go down the sides well and worked it in to the box well. Overall we will take a point from a ground like this, it is (a massive point) for us.


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