TigersRadio & SevernFM commentator, Ryan Butler gives us his views from the press box ahead of Saturdays fixture at home to Workington.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHome Win is a Winter Warmer \r\n\r\nOn a cold winters night in the town of Cheltenham, just as the mist was starting to settle a light was shining in the sky. In fact it was a group of lights piercing through the bitterly cold mist in the air, almost enticing passers by to investigate and walk towards them. I was one of those people who went towards the light. What I found was an evening’s football match. Excited. Cold. Hyped with anticipation. Cold. The unmistakable signs of a midweek game in December. City’s first game since the 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Chester in mid-November, so it was a night that I was thankful to see.\r\n\r\nThe game however had no real expectation, in my mind I had built it up as a draw. 1-1 to be precise. And the only thing the first half did to make me question my judgement was deliver little chances, suddenly my 2 goals never really looked like happening. Mike Green had a quiet half, was beaten by two efforts which looked closer than they were. In fact neither he or Boston’s Heystead really had a save to make. But that is not to say the half lacked flair and panache. A revitalised Will Morford tortured and tormented the Boston right back, finding the byline and skipping in to have his pull backs turned behind for corners. Adam Mann played a more central role behind the forwards as the game wore on and for me had one of the best performances I have seen from him.\r\nThe second half started in the same fashion as the first, with the game cagey and tight. Making the deadlock even tighter and harder to break down. On commentary I had said to George Baines and Matt Yates that one thing City have lacked this year is that spark between Edwards and Morford that we saw plenty of last season. Then out of no where, just under the hour mark in similar hold up play that saw Edwards fire City into the FA 1stRound, Morford with the give and go to the back heel of Edwards, a fantastic ball to the back post and arriving on the scene at the back post unmarked was half time substitute Steve Davies. Davies who has received plenty of criticism this year had a great second half, his defensive work was up to scratch and the goal will only boost his confidence as we approach the Festive Fixtures. A quick word that Davies also won the honour of Tigers Radio Man of the Match, as picked by George.\r\n\r\nBefore the game I wondered how City would get on without Lewis Hogg, and it was a question which resurfaced on commentary. This season he has been the architect of most things City have put together. His set pieces are usually on the money and the last time I saw City play without him was the 2-1 defeat to Bradford PA earlier in the season. The answer to my query was they coped pretty well. Webb and Goddard in the middle were superb and with Mann playing in the whole too it just looked pleasing on the eye and ultimately I think City got the win their performance probably deserved.\r\n\r\nA special word has to be saved for City keeper Mike Green, in the first half he flapped at a cross and was almost punished. It was in about the 10th minute. For the next 80 minutes he caught everything, took a few bumps in the process but I was very impressed with the performance from the man between the sticks. A deserved clean sheet for him on Wednesday and lets hope there is another for him against Workington.\r\nCOME ON YOU YELLOWS!\r\n\r\nRyan Butler\r\[email protected]
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