Blacky's Briefing: Reaction to Victories Versus Chatham Town & Whitstable Town With an Eye on Guernsey
The weekend’s results were obviously very pleasing and it’s amazing what a victory can do for players’ confidence.
For Saturday’s game against Chatham I went to watch them personally and then spent time last Thursday with the players at training to work through certain things. I’ve said many times before that I’m really pleased with how the players take on responsibility, and Saturday was certainly a fantastic example of that. Chatham has a very good side with some excellent players and the instructions I gave to the players were carried out perfectly.....especially when we look back at the stats. It was a thoroughly professional performance from the boys.
No sooner had the final whistle on Saturday been blown than it felt like we were instantly back to it on the Bank Holiday Monday. Local rivals Whitstable were always going to offer us a completely different challenge this time but all the tough pre-season sessions proved worth it as our fitness levels looked very impressive. At half-time we sat down and continued to encourage the lads to move the ball, and they were able to really put on a show. Rory Smith’s performance and hat-trick will obviously stand out, and there’s no one happier than myself to see it. He’s an outstanding talent for one so young and he was simply unstoppable. To be honest every one of the boys over the weekend did more than was asked of them and to walk away with two victories was fully deserved.
It’s important we move on to Guernsey now and look to press on forward. The travel arrangements are far from ideal however we go there in the best possible frame of mind.
For those travelling then have a safe flight and I’ll look forward to seeing you afterwards.
For those who are not I’ll look forward to catching up with you on the 8th September for our FA Cup fixture against Sevenoaks.