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Manager’s View

       Afternoon everyone

       Today we welcome the management, players, officials and
       supporters of Hardwicke FC  to Norman Scott Park for the
       first  of  2  matches  in  the  Marcliff  Gloucestershire  County
       League, over the Easter weekend.
       We arrive today after seeing a cliched ‘game of two halves’
       in our last fixture against Cribbs reserves, a couple of weeks
       ago. The lads put in a fantastic performance in the first half
       against the league leaders and to come in at half time 1 nil
       down, after missing a penalty and having a goal wrongly disallowed, was both encouraging
       but frustrating at the same time. Unfortunately, our second half performance saw us make far
       too many individual mistakes and collectively, we collapsed which simply isn’t good enough.
       If we lose matches due to teams being better than us then we take it on the chin but what
       we won’t accept is when we roll over for teams who want it more than us, which is exactly
       what happened in the last 45 minutes.
       As a group, we understand that todays match is absolutely massive, against a side who are
       also fighting for their lives alongside us in the table.  We are the home team so we need to
       use that to our advantage and go into it in a positive manner from the first whistle and take
       the game to them. We are in a mini league now for our final 8 matches and it’s about finishing
       as high in that as we can, to ensure that we keep our status in this league for next season .
       Taking the second half against Cribbs out of the equation, we are extremely happy with how
       our form has been over our past 3/4 matches and those are the levels that we need to stay
       at. No game in this league is easy but we certainly feel that we are playing well enough now
       to be able to pick up points and ease the pressure of the dreaded R word. Two games in 3
       days is always going to be difficult but it’s the same for every team in the league so we have
       to make sure that we are up for the fight, starting today.
       We have been fortunate enough to add some new (and old) faces to the squad recently and
       this quality is exactly what we need as we get to the business end of the season. The club is
       definitely in a good place again both on and off the pitch and after a few months of gloom
       around the festive period, the atmosphere has definitely been lifted again and that is down
       to the recent performances and results of all three sides.
       Good luck to the reserves today, who are away to Bristol Barcelona after what was a fantastic
       result last Saturday at Thornbury Town reserves, scoring 2 goals in the final 7 minutes to pick
       up  a  much  deserved  point.  (Programme  notes  wrote  before  the  Iron  Acton  match!!)  No
       fixture again for the A’s today.
       On behalf of the management and players at the club, I would like to thank you all as always
       for your continued support, especially to the volunteers behind the scenes who do so much
       for this football club that we all take for granted! I can assure each and everyone of you that
       it is very much appreciated by us all.
       We hope  that you enjoy  todays  match and we look  forward  to  seeing  you all  in  the  bar

       Up the Patch

       Rich Lee
       Assistant Gaffer
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