Captain’s View: Richard Bunting’s weekly look inside The Walks

Richard Bunting admits it was a quieter afternoon without Gary Setchell on the touchline at Northwich. Picture: MATTHEW USHER Richard Bunting admits it was a quieter afternoon without Gary Setchell on the touchline at Northwich. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Saturday, February 9, 2013
12:58 PM

With a week jam-packed full of talking points it’s hard to know where to start – so I think Spriggsy (Steve Spriggs) is a good a place as any.

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His move to Boston United that was talked about by so many never really got off the ground. I had a suspicion that his heart was never truly in it from the start by the amount of calls I was receiving. Every time we spoke he wanted to talk about Lynn and what training was like and had I spoken to so and so.

My conclusion is that he felt he had to make the move because he is an ambitious person in life but he regretted it from the off. Anyway that’s enough on him and let’s just say he has had some stick from the lads which I don’t see letting up any time soon.

I have to mention the sports awards the management team and a number of the first-team squad attended last Wednesday. KLFM (radio station) hosted a great night and the club was fortunate enough to pick up an award. We were honoured to receive the team of the year prize which I imagine was heavily influenced by our terrific start to the season and FA Trophy exploits. It was also really interesting to hear all the stories from the other award candidates and it was clear to see there are a lot of people doing some very selfless work around the local community.

Back to football, we finally got some game-time this week. It’s been long overdue and all the lads were grateful that our match away to Northwich Victoria went ahead. We travelled to Stafford, where Northwich ground share, and the pitch certainly played like one that has had a home game on it virtually every week this year.

As I touched on last week, we were all very much aware of the tough game we had earlier in the season against them. The gaffer (Gary Setchell) reminded us of it as well – while he was allowed in the dressing room. He is currently serving a touchline ban which extends to the changing room. He isn’t allowed in from 2.30-5.30pm. It was also a bit odd not hearing him in the dugout but Neil (Fryatt, assistant) and Ross (McNeil, coach) got all his points across to the lads – just without the swear words!

The game itself was a typical battle, like so many of the away games we have played in. It wasn’t a day for pure football and the sleeves had to be rolled up. The first half was an even contest with both sides creating few chances. The ones Northwich carved out DG (Danny Gay) had covered. He made a couple of really vital saves in the first 45 minutes and we created a few chances at the other end. They all seemed to fall to Spriggsy but it wasn’t to be his day in front of goal so we went into the interval all square.

The next 45 was a bit livelier, especially for me. I managed to get on the score sheet midway through the second half which is a rarity for me. I used to get a few goals but I must admit I couldn’t see where one was coming from this season. It was straight off the training ground so credit to the gaffer as it’s his corner, we just have to try and get it right on the pitch.

My personal joy was short-lived as not long after I got a second yellow card. I’ve not got many complaints, it might have been a little harsh, but the first was never a foul let alone a booking. These things happen in football though. The lads were magnificent after we were reduced to 10 men, it was a bit backs against the wall, but they held out and we picked up a much needed three points on the road.

That win has hopefully given us the platform to go on an unbeaten run which we are aware is needed to keep our promotion dream alive. Hopefully, we picked up points against Lincoln on Tuesday and do the same at home to Rainworth (Saturday) and away at Romulus (Monday).

• Read Richard’s exclusive column first every week on Thursdays in the EDP’s Lynn Free Press pull-out.

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