Manager's post match thoughts
Manager John Ward was delighted with the way his young side reacted to going a goal down at Clevedon this evening.
They were back on level terms by half time and went on to score four more in the second half to register a 5-1 win.
“We went a goal down and we were looking to see how our young side would react and they dealt with the situation strongly.
“They got back into the game with a penalty, after falling behind, and then established themselves in the match during the second half with some free flowing football and some excellent goals.
“We have to be pleased with the attitude of the boys and the quality of the football. If I’m honest, the way the boys played got me a little bit excited about the future.
“The boys kept their shape well after playing in the same way against the first team in training yesterday and they know how we want them to play.
“They might be young players but they have a great approach to their football.”
There was some good news and bad news on the injury front today. The good news was that Matt Gill returned to action after a lengthy lay off and went on for the final half an hour of the match.
“Matt has been a really good pro since I arrived at the club and he has been extremely supportive of the team since I walked in. He has been in the dressing room geeing them up before games and now he has
got his shirt back on and the boys have geed him up,
“He’s just had an addition to his family in the last 24 hours and has now had half an hour on a football pitch. Things are looking good for him, and I am really pleased for him.”
The bad news, of course, concerns young midfielder Ollie Clarke who has shown up well in pre-season and looked to be ready to start in the opening games. However today it was revealed that he now faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
“Ollie is the latest long term injury and we are all really upset for him because he has been out before, got himself back in and has been brilliant in training over the last four weeks.
“He played very well in the practice matches but now faces another spell on the sidelines. We all feel for him because we know what he’s been through but we will help him, because it’s that kind of football club.”