Following our decent run of games coming to an end last weekend, the club still have plenty of positives going into the next couple of weeks, writes club commentator, Ollie Williams.\r\n\r\nLast weekend was nothing short of disappointing, having travelled all the way up to North Ferriby United and come home empty handed. A 3-0 loss is never satisfactory, but to have gone all the way up to the East Coast was hard for the players, staff and supporters.\r\n\r\nThe loss to the FA Trophy holders saw Tim Harris’ men succumb to a second successive defeat, following our first home loss of the season to AFC Fylde at Whaddon Road seven days previous.\r\n\r\nWe had to rectify those results away at Hednesford Town on Tuesday, but with our history at Keys Park, the omens weren’t good.\r\n\r\nHaving a goal down to a very contentious penalty call, it looked like our form was going to get worse, however James Bowen had something to say about that when he made it 1-1. Kyle Perry then gave the hosts a 2-1 lead and it looked bleak.\r\n\r\nWith just a couple of minutes remaining, Joe Parker popped up to score and the points were shared, and it could (and probably should) have been all three if we had taken our chances.\r\n\r\nIt was nice personally for me to see us grab a point, as at the time I was sat on a bus driving back down from Gateshead, having covered Wrexham in the National League and watch them lose 2-1, so the Tigers certainly gave me a silver lining.\r\n\r\nNow with Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow (19th September), the games will just get tougher. I’ve seen them play a couple of times, and they have experience in abundance.\r\n\r\nWith a great home record City will hope to take maximum points on Saturday, with Trinity having failed to win in their last four games. Last Tuesday’s home defeat to Andy Morrell’s Tamworth has jolted their league position, however Simon Russell has vowed that they can go on a run and secure themselves in the top ten.\r\n\r\nRecent form has given us some positives in the fact that we finally managed to score more than once in a game, when we secure two goals on Tuesday, and with a steady defence we could claim a few scalps in the coming weeks.\r\n\r\nAt the time of writing we have just made a new signing in the form of former Crawley Town and current Bermuda international striker Jonté Smith. This is a very promising signing, you only have to look at his scoring records for PS Kemi Kings and Met Police; he scored 24 in 19 for the latter club.\r\n\r\nWe have desperately needed a new striker since Harry White left us to join League One side Barnsley and in Jonté Smith we have the perfect replacement. At 6 foot 1 he is an imposing figure and he has the pace to put the frighteners on opposition defenders. What we need though, is for Jonté to really hit the ground running on Saturday against Gainsborough because if he does, he’ll have that confidence to keep scoring and we all know that confidence is a massive factor for strikers.\r\n\r\nYou only have to look at Mike Symons and (prior to Tuesday) Joe Parker. Both extremely lacking in confidence and didn’t look like scoring. Maybe not so much Joe Parker now he’s got that goal to break his duck and I’m sure he’ll score lots more now, but Symons really needs to get on the scoresheet sooner rather than later.\r\n\r\nAs for the media team, we welcome a new addition in Will Freeman, who will be joining myself on the commentary team, and you’ll be able to hear his dulcet tones on many of our media outputs.\r\n\r\nSo not only have we looked good on the pitch, but off of it we are always growing. We look forward to the week ahead.\r\n\r\nCOYY\r\n\r\n@OllieWills01\r\n\r\nOllie Williams.
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