Yeovil Town striker Rhys Murphy believes the momentum brought by the club’s first back-to-back wins in more than 18 months can give them a lift as they prepare for their third home game of the season.

The Glovers take on Maidstone United, who came down from the National League Premier with them last season, at Huish Park on Saturday looking to back up victories over St Albans City and Truro City in their last two outings.

Speaking on Thursday, the 32-year-old said: “Momentum is huge in football and it is those little things, a couple of minutes can be the difference between it being two losses and two wins, but that is six points on the board and we can take that in to the next game.

The confidence we can take from that and knowing that we are never beaten, we can take that good feeling in to the next game and it in becomes a place where you want to be because you are unbeaten.

That breeds confidence and makes other teams look at you and not want to play you and long may that continue.

Rhys Murphy turns home Yeovil’s winner against St Albans City,
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Having returned to Huish Park after an injury-plagued two seasons away at Southend United, Murphy said he is pleased with the way he has started the season.

He said: “I worked hard in the off season and the end of last season came at a really good time for me personally, allowed me some time to get my body right and to come back in a good place to work hard for pre-season. Pre-season I think everyone worked well, so I feel in a really good place now.

“I’m not surprised at the number of minutes I have played, the older I get, the more I want to play football because I realise I am in a very privileged position to be able to and I know I have to work hard to maintain fitness levels and, coming off the back of some injuries, it needed to be done.

So it is not a surprise, but it is a nice to be fully fit, back in the team and able to contribute towards wins.

On-loan Bristol City youngster Olly Thomas came off the bench to score his first goal since arriving at Huish Park in the 2-1 home win over Truro City on Tuesday night.

Murphy said he had been speaking with the 18-year-old: “He is a young, talented player, so it’s not a case of me telling him what he must do. He is a bright, intelligent young man who has an understanding of the game, but if there is any way I can help him then I will definitely do that.

But the competition is good, no-one can rest of their laurels and it is what is going to bring the best performances out of everyone, whether that is up front, in goal or wherever.”




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