Nick on progress and petitions.
We continued our steady progress on Saturday with a draw against high flying Mansfield Town. It was arguably our best performance of the season to date, and was a game which I believe we were unlucky not to win.
We have been making gradual improvements for some weeks now, and on Saturday we had considerably more chances on goal than the opposition.
I know the season has not gotten off to the flying start that we were all hoping for, but if we can continue to move things in the right direction, I believe there is still plenty more to come from us this season.
We have continued to be blighted by injuries, with Mark McChrystal one of the latest players to face a spell on the treatment table, and John is looking to bring in one or two loan players over the next couple of weeks, to help bolster the squad.
It was a fantastic achievement to see two of our young players involved with their national teams over the last week. Ellis Harrison and Seanan Clucas both represented their respective countries at under 21 level, with Ellis earning his first cap for Wales and scoring his first International goal in his second appearance.
It is brilliant to see footballers from League Two making an impact at international level, and shows how much lower league football has improved over the years.
I would also like to give a special mention to Alefe Santos, who stepped up again in their absence, and scored his first senior goal for the club.
It just shows that although players are missed when they are away on international duty, it does provide an opportunity for other players to step up and show what they can do.
We still have no news to report on the Judicial Review process, and as frustrating as it is, we have to ask you to remain patient at this time.
It was encouraging to see a local MP come out and publicly support Sainsbury’s plans for the Memorial Stadium this week. We believe that a Sainsbury’s store will be beneficial for the Gloucester Road area, and it is obvious that we are not alone in this view.
We would encourage you all to sign Charlotte Leslie’s petition, to remind those in power that there is large scale support for this development.
We now have a tough few days ahead, with three games to play in a week, starting with Wycombe at home this Saturday. We then make the long Tuesday night trip to Accrington, before we find ourselves back at home to take on Chesterfield next Saturday.
If we can continue the progress we have seen over the last few weeks, then I see no reason why we cannot pick up a significant points haul and move ourselves up the table.
As always, your support can make the difference, and I would encourage as many of you as possible to head on down to the Mem this Saturday to help cheer the team to victory.