Mangotsfield Manager David Mehew will be looking for a reaction after the disappointing defeat to Swindon Supermarine in midweek and the home goal-less draw against Wantage Town last Saturday.
“We need a reaction and if we can bounce back with a couple of wins between now and the end of the month, we’ll be closer to the teams above us with them all playing each other in the next couple of weeks. That’s how the fixtures have fallen, so we must now get back on track and take advantage of the fixtures and then review what to do in April where we have nothing to lose, but I do appreciate we need to look at things against our play off rivals. It was interesting in the week a few people saying to me and to others “you can’t be happy with that”. No we’re not, but we need to remember we’re in seventh place and still have a chance. Until we can’t get in there, I will believe we can.
Swindon played very well the other night we just need to take that on the chin and move on. We lost three points, gave a few players some game time at 0-3 down and they have given me food for thought for the weekend. A win Saturday will change the mood. I wanted four wins at the start of the month. Winning these two fixtures will be three wins and a draw with the cancelled Shortwood game still to play. AFC Totton are safe but will want a few points to just move away from the teams below them and catch a couple on their radar just above them. All I want is a positive reaction starting Saturday. ”
Ryan Bath has moved on to Frome Town after being chased by the club. Ryan is disappointed at a lack of starts. I can understand that, but despite the last couple of results, bearing in mind the approach came in before these fixtures, the lads have been playing well and winning games with just the odd blip. All players want to play and Ryan is no different. We wish him all the best and pre Christmas he really was making an impact coming off the bench. Since then I’ve just felt he thinks he should be playing every week. Unfortunately for him, I don’t. He is a good lad and never been a problem so with a good pre season I’m sure he can make an impact at Frome.
A Supporters’ view
For the record, Ryan came to us in the 2012/13, campaign and has actually featured in over 100 games. He missed the 2015/16 season completely following an injury in that pre-season, which required two operations, and he has worked very hard to come back from that. His efforts on our behalf in the maroon and sky are appreciated by the fans and we wish him every success in the future.
His appearances are 64 starts + (43 subs), and he has scored 16 goals.
Updated 14:35 - 24 Mar 2017 by Martin Preedy