, We’re in the race – let’s enjoy it

We’re in the race – let’s enjoy it

After a disappointing loss at Byfleet abruptly curtailed a four-game winning streak, Saturday saw a marked return to form for Sher’s men.

A brace from the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, Andrei Lipovanu, and a free-kick from Lilian Dragut would eventually down a hard-working West Byfleet Albion side, 3-0.

And manager Sher was pleased with what he saw under the lights at Kings College in Guildford, despite the best efforts of Storm Dennis.

“We needed a response after the game against Byfleet, and we certainly got that. The boys trained superbly on Wednesday night, and I thought we were really professional against a streetwise Albion unit.

“The conditions didn’t help matters but for us it was important to play, so I’m really grateful to Nick and the team at Kings College for allowing us use of the facility at short notice.

“What some of our more eagle-eyed followers will also notice is that we kept a clean-sheet – just our second this season – and that was satisfying, because the guys at the back have worked so hard for it.”

With Byfleet’s game against Virginia Water called off due to the weather, there are now five teams separated by just three points at the top of the GWAFL Division Two, with Dunsfold five points behind but with three games in hand.

And Sher, who takes his charges to Dunsfold this weekend to conclude the club’s CWIT campaign, can’t wait for a cracking run-in to play out.

“When I came in, it was about achieving a couple of short-term targets. Stay in the race for the title as long as possible, and see if we can win a cup.

“I said to the lads at Westend in my first game that we might only be able to get away with one defeat from that point in, but this division really is so unpredictable – any side can beat another on their day, so it’s all about who can go on a run.

“We had a bit of a glitch a couple of weeks ago, but there are five or six sides who can win it and we are right in the hunt. The boys believe, and the excitement really is building.

“Every game from here is important, simple as that and we’ll give it our absolute best. We’ll go to Dunsfold on Saturday and probably experiment a little bit as it’s a dead rubber, but it’s another opportunity to get minutes in legs and polish up on some things that we can take into the ‘derby’ against Corinthians the week after.

“This is what it’s all about in football. You work hard all season for a reward, and if we can create history at the same time by delivering a first ever trophy, it really will be special.”

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