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Wednesday, April 5th 2006

7:45 AM

Still On Track

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The First Team managed to keep our treble hopes alive last night with a battling draw at Slimbridge...a result good enough to put us in the Final of the Challenge Cup on May 6th.  It's a superb achievement by Stuart and the lads - we've hardly had it easy in the competition this season with away ties at Carterton and North Leigh and the semi-final draw put us against arguably the 'form' side in the Premier League since Christmas.

I didn't manage to get to the game so I won't offer any thoughts on individual performances over there.  I was, however, watching the Reserves play Wootton Bassett at the Loop and I'm glad I did.  Mark Janes's team are excellent to watch, play the game in the right way and the match was terrific.  Bassett (I think) had first team players in their line-up and it showed.  It was a tasty game with tackles flying in and every challenge competed as if the League title depended upon it - we ran out 2-1 winners.  Mark's team revolves around Rod Dorrian and Mani Wango in midfield - they would both do a job in the Premier Division and therein lies the success of the reserve team this year.  Last night Glyn Jones scored the best goal I've seen this season - a 35 yard volley which went in off the underside of the bar.  The winner was a tap-in from Billy Warner who has scored a hatful for the Reserves and Youths.  Clearly Billy has ability, he has good pace and he is now filling-out a bit which makes him stronger on the ball.  He looks a good prospect but needs a bit of composure which will come with age.

The Reserves are just one win away from securing the Division One title and on last night's evidence it would be a trophy that they thoroughly deserve.

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