Bastock delighted to be back

PAUL Bastock was delighted to have such an easy comeback last Saturday as he marked his 175th appearance for City with his 55th clean sheet. The 38-year old stopper, returned to City s starting lineup after missing the last six games with injury and becau

PAUL Bastock was delighted to have such an easy comeback last Saturday as he marked his 175th appearance for City with his 55th clean sheet.

The 38-year old stopper, returned to City's starting lineup after missing the last six games with injury and because of the form of Tottenham loanee Lee Butcher.

However, the former Boston and Rushden 'keeper was recalled to the starting eleven and responded with a clean sheet and Bastock says it's nice to be back.

"It's nice to come back, and I had nothing to do really," he told The Herts Advertiser. "The lads, a bit like when Lee was in goal, just had the basics to do and it was the same again today. As the season wares on it does get harder with neither side having anything to play for today but I thought our lads stuck to the task and fully deserved the win if not more goals because they never really tested us, they were poor."


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City face a busy end to the season with games against Chelmsford, Maidenhead, Braintree and AFC Wimbledon to come and although there is no chance of silverware for City, Bastock says there's still personal pride to play for.

"I'd like a nice easy run but I don't that's going to happen because we've got Friday, we've got Chelmsford, and then we've got Wimbledon last game of the season and there could be everything to play for. It's a personal pride when it comes to playing games like that at the end of the season."

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City make the trip to Chelmsford tomorrow [Good Friday] before entertaining Maidenhead on Easter Monday and Bastock believes the extra day's rest is an added bonus.

"No one will be working, well they shouldn't be over Easter any way so that's the difference. Normally you play on the Saturday and Easter Monday so we've got an extra day - happy days!

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