With 15 games to go, the gap between Yeovil Town and the rest of National League South remains at ten points after a 4-2 win at Tonbridge Angels yesterday.
Dave was in the away end at the Longmead Stadium and here’s his conclusions on wjhat he saw….
Worried? Not for a second: Okay, I will not deny there were a few hairy moments in our defence after Tonbridge scored their two goals. We gave them some hope and they took, but scoring four goals away from home against a side sat in mid-table, let’s not underestimate that. Yes, our defending left a bit to be desired, but Worthing scored six and yet conceded four against a Dover side at the bottom of the league and they are the darlings of the division. Let’s just keeping on winning, boys.
Goals from all over: With 17 goals out injured in Rhys Murphy and Jake Hyde up front, goals will have to come from other places between now and the end of the season. So seeing Jake Wannell scoring two headers straight out of the Terry Skiverton’s playbook (yes, I went there), Dylan Morgan showing his creative quality and Young and Worthy chipping in is vital. By my (questionable) maths, Jordan Young now has as 13 goals in all competitions – the same as Murphy.
Great to see you back Jordan: Having looked wrapped up for his previous substitute appearances, seeing Jordan Stevens’ shin pads as he took his place on the bench gave me confidence he’d see some action yesterday. As soon as the third goal went in, the outstanding Dylan Morgan was withdrawn and Stevens introduced. He showed a few turns of pace, got us worried by needing some treatment after falling heavily on his shoulder, but above gave me confidence he can still play an important part in this season.
No segregation. No problem: There’s about 15 miles between Maidstone and Tonbridge, but the difference between the way the two clubs treat away supporters could not be more different. There was no segregation at Tonbridge, unlike the set up of putting home and away fans head-to-head at Maidstone, stewarding was sensible and, funny thing, no issues. Just like there were no issues at St Albans two weeks prior where there was (again) no segregation, or the rest of the season, for that matter. Now I’m not making excuses for idiots in our fanbase at Maidstone, but to read them issue a statement – read it here – effectively saying the issue was solely with away fans is beyond delusional. No doubt the innocent little flowers who chucked bottles and coins from the Maidstone end enjoyed their Sunday morning choir practice today.
I’m beginning to believe: I’ve been trying so hard to stick to the Mark Cooper philosophy of not getting carried away, not looking at league tables, games in hand, other teams’ fixtures, and I am just about holding it together. But, this performance showed me the spirit which has got me starting to believe. Two home fixtures are to come and good results there from a tricky trip to Chelmsford and I’ll be fully converted. Champions elect ole, ole, oleeeeee!
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