Two goals and a win at Huish Park. We don’t see that very often. Honourable mentions to Lawson D’Ath for his first goal since returning from his injury and for Josh Staunton for quite obviously playing through the pain barrier. We try not to get too high with the highs, but after the last few outings at Huish Park, there’s some positivity in Ian’s conclusions from last night’s 2-1 win over Bromley…
This was some turnaround from the last time I was at Huish Park. It was important that we got going early and didn’t repeat the mistakes of the Dagenham and Grimsby games and we couldn’t have started any differently. Lawson D’Ath’s 10th minute opener got us going, but we’d had two or three shots before we’d scored. We had 14 shots at Bromley’s goal last night, which has to be a high for this season. Tom Knowles, Charlie Wakefield, Reuben Reid and D’Ath were all purring when we were on the front foot. Recent standards haven’t been high at Huish Park, but last night we saw a determined team who left everything out there to get past Bromley.
Where did that Reuben Reid performance come from? We’ve not even seen hints of that quality since Reid re-joined the Glovers in January 2021. Had he scored, and he deserved to, it would have topped off his most complete performance in this spell. He held the ball up, had plenty of efforts at goal and Bromley’s defence struggled to handle him. It was the display of an experienced-pro, the likes of which need to become the rule, not the exception.
Ted Cann had a rollercoaster game. Our new loanee keeper made a routine first stop but somehow let the ball through his grasp to gift Bromley their equaliser. His save before half time was huge, though. A save with his legs after making himself has big as possible for the oncoming George Alexander. He had a couple of shaky moments with the ball at his feet but on this night the game was won. Hopefully he’ll grow off the back of this and as those relationships build with the defence we’ll see a more composed, comfortable keeper.
It was great to see Josh Neufville back at Huish Park. Our star of last season returned to great effect last night. He’s a totally fearless footballer who plays like a kid who’s having fun when he’s on a football pitch. He’s so direct with the ball at his feet and his celebration in front of the Thatchers Stand showed how much it meant to him to set up Tom Knowles for the match winner. It’s too late to make a miraculous dash for the playoffs (isn’t it?) but I feel like were going to get a let of joy watching Neufville tangle up defenders for the rest of the season.
Tom Knowles looks to be back on form. We saw the version of Knowles that was full of running and getting shots away with his right foot and his left. He left Bromley’s left back for dead and delivered a great cross for D’Ath’s opener. He can’t go through a match without a couple of whacks where you think that’s his match over, but his resilience is impressive. His match-winner rounded off a great performance which makes you hope the necessary work is being done on renewing that man’s contract.