Happier times at City
THEY say a week is a long time in football. And what a difference a week has made at Clarence Park. Actually to be more accurate, what a difference two wins has made. Ian Dunn s two-goal debut performance gave City their first win of 2010 against Weston a
THEY say a week is a long time in football. And what a difference a week has made at Clarence Park. Actually to be more accurate, what a difference two wins has made.
Ian Dunn's two-goal debut performance gave City their first win of 2010 against Weston and Adam Everitt's first goal of the season gave the Saints all three points from Tuesday night's game with Maidenhead.
Chairman John Gibson released a statement on the club's official website saying he believed that differences between the club and the Saints City Trust 'now needs to be resolved quietly and behind closed doors".
The Trust is set to hold a vote asking members to decide whether or not they should donate the money the club has requested to help with the day-to-day running of the club. With signs of progress being made off the pitch, the team has responded with improved performances on it.
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The Saints deserved both of their victories against Weston and Maidenhead and manager Steve Castle says the results have helped boost morale.
"It's boosted me," he said following the Maidenhead victory. "We've got a couple of fresh faces in, we've had to shake things up. I won't be able to keep them all but they're all fighting for the cause which is great."
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Castle is likely to have to get rid of a couple more players as he looks to balance the books but says whoever is at the club will keep giving it their all.
"If I could bolster that squad it would be all my Christmases come at once. It is what it is and we're just going to keep going," he said.
"It's a crazy league at the moment. I know Saturday, everybody who is above us is playing each other and who knows.
"You can look negatively and say a few more points and we'll be safe or like the supporters would like me to say, who knows where we're going to go. Lets just keep winning games of football."
Thurrock, who City visit on Saturday, have surprised many this season sitting in fourth place after finishing second from bottom last season.
"It'll be a tough game down at Thurrock, a team that's full of confidence but their personnel isn't too different to the team that finished second from bottom last year," said Castle.
"We'll go over there with a good degree of confidence hopefully after two wins."
City will hope to have Tuesday night's goalscoring hero Everitt available despite the former Bromley man still struggling with a hernia injury.
"It's well known, Adam with his hernia can't play two games a week," said Castle. "What state he's going to be in for Saturday I don't know. We've had a chat before the game today and I need him to be as honest as possible because I can't have him playing at 50 or 60 per cent. It's never going to get better until he has his operation unfortunately but if we can just drag it out to the end of the season.
"He just shows everything I want this football club to be about really. I think he'll be the first to say he's not the most skilful but he gives absolutely everything every game, whether I put him at centre back, centre midfield, left-back or even in goal on one occasion I can remember. He's the type of lad you can build a successful team around."
Saturday's hero Dunn missed Tuesday night's game through illness forcing Castle to give a full debut to James Lindie earlier than he had anticipated. Lindie is working his way back to fitness after six months on the sidelines with a broken ankle and ligament damage.
The striker was a little rusty in front of goal, but was always in the right place in the box for City and Castle thinks there's a lot more to come from the recent arrival.
"We found a goalscorer (in Dunn) and then he went and got himself ill!" joked Castle.
"James Lindie made his debut, but he's been out for six months and it was probably a little bit premature. He's given everything, and he's shown how fit he is. I'm pleased with his performance but I think there is a lot more to come from him.