Darren Sarll dedicated the Glovers’ 2-0 victory at Wealdstone to Lee Collins‘ daughter, Amelia. First half goals from Tom Knowles and Joe Quigley were enough for the Glovers, who climbed to 13th in the table.
Speaking to the BBC, Sarll said: “We had Lee’s funeral on Wednesday and his ten-year-old daughter, Amelia, had quite the effect on us all and her little pep talk on a bad day was quite inspiring really, and that was for little Amelia – a wonderful, wonderful little girl. She beat me in one touch against the wall in the rain and I wasn’t even trying to lose, that’s how good a little player she is, so that was for her.”
He also praised his players after what was, understandably, another difficult week for a club in mourning.
“The players were magnificent. A credit to their football club, a credit to their families, a credit to Lee. Very ambassadorial really, in a way. We had forty minutes [of] training yesterday. It was, kind of, only an hour [of] preparation because we were still fatigued from the day’s events. They’re incredibly draining as everyone would know. I had the privilege and honour of speaking and I felt completely wiped out come Thursday and Friday.“
On the performance, he added: “I thought we had quite a few of those types of performances last year. Grounded and humble in the performance, worked very hard. (Our) shape was good and we saw the game out very well. Their young goalkeeper’s had a brilliant day in fairness to him, otherwise I thought it should have been more, but yeah it was good. If you’re going to win leagues, twenty-five percent of your wins are like those games today. Last year I thought we had quite a few of those, we haven’t had nearly enough this year.”