One more game left! I’ve supported United for years, and have seen many turbulent and frankly exhausting seasons at Plainmoor – but this has probably topped them all! Life is never dull as a Gulls fan (you could almost put that on the team shirts) – however some less stressful campaigns would be welcome at some stage!
But never mind about that, the last month has seen the team battle and battle some more. All the momentum seemed to be heading us in the wrong direction and let’s face it we all feared the worse. Kevin and the boys (lead admirably by Aman) have shown great character to galvanise each other and put us on the cusp of safety; a job I hope will be finished off today versus North Ferriby.
I travelled up to Dover (I couldn’t miss it!), and was collared by an ITV reporter before getting on the coach. What did this game mean? “EVERYTHING” was my reply. I managed to give some reasonably eloquent comments, which was surprising considering it was before 8am. My bit didn’t make the cut as ITV’s report was fairly short and snappy – probably for the best!
The game in Kent made it an amazing away day, and one that will live long in my memory. The Yellow Army was tremendous and backed the players from the off – making much more noise than our quiet Dover counterparts for all of the 90 minutes.
We were right behind the goal, so got a great view of Brett’s all important second half strike. He took it expertly and showed the same confidence that saw him bag two against Braintree. Indeed in both games the boy could have had a hat-trick, with only the linesman’s late flag at Plainmoor and a clearance off the line at the Crabble denying him. But hey let’s not be greedy!
The rest of the team were also excellent; from the organisation and marking of McGinty and Myles at the back, to the tireless work of Verms and Luke in midfield, and the unselfish running and movement from the likes of Reidy and Harrad – who did very well to take the pressure off the defence in the second half.
Of course the win made the long trip home sweet, with everybody in great spirits – especially hearing the other results had gone our way. I’ve got the travel club twice in recent months, and would recommend it to other supporters for future seasons. The guys are true United supporters and do a great job getting fans to matches around the country.
A note of warning though; we still need a win to make sure of our Conference status. A fact that Nicho has rightly made clear since the Dover win, and I’m sure he will have worked hard to guard against complacency this week. Let’s have a repeat of the superb atmosphere at the Braintree game and get Plainmoor rocking again to push them on; our boys have played out of their skins and deserve our support.
Come on you Yellows!
Bristow’s Bench Season Ticket Holder