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NYE Camp News by Liam Goodley

We got the win at Lewes on Wednesday night and that was the main thing.

 

It was not pretty but we got what we needed and our hosts at the Dripping Pan will be feeling a bit hard done by I am sure.

 

Lewes will be disappointed they did not get anything at all out of the game because of the amount of chances they created.

 

But there was plenty of resolute defending from us and Keaton Woods stood out, along with goalkeeper Amadou Tangara.

 

Keaton did not put a foot wrong in the whole game, which is unusual as he usually makes at least one mistake.

 

Amadou was absolutely superb in goal as well, keeping a number of shots out.

 

To put it mildly, we were very lacklustre with our passing at the Dripping Pan.

 

James Crane also managed to get a booking after the final whistle when he obviously said something the referee did not like.

 

It was not the best, and in honesty, it did not fill me with any confidence despite the win.

 

Lewes are struggling at the moment. They have not won at home for a while and the crowd was very low, less than 300, when they often get 700 to 1,000 and more in the past for these games.

 

It was a midweek game though and also a rescheduled fixture.

 

They did not miss much as we won ugly in the end.

 

We could not even blame the pitch. There were patches in the middle and the goalmouth but other than that it was not that bad.

 

It was not a great match so – on the up side – we are due a really good performance and, hopefully, that will come tomorrow at home against Bowers & Pitsea to keep the momentum going.

 

The victory took us up to eighth in the BetVictor Premier but we have a tough run coming up if we are going to reach the play-offs.

 

Bowers & Pitsea are in a good run of form at the moment so it will be a difficult one.

 

In fact, we have a difficult run of matches coming up in the run in. We have Cray away, Hornchurch at home, as well as Horsham to play away, so it is not the easiest of run-ins.

 

I believe we need to win pretty much all of them if we are going to make it.

 

I cannot see many of the teams around us dropping too many points in the last 12 games.

 

We do have two or three games in hand over some teams, which gives us a chance to overhaul them, but I am a firm believer in having the points on the board.

 

Games in hand mean nothing until you have won them.

 

We played better at Haringey Borough last Saturday and we deserved at least a draw there.

 

The conditions were very difficult and windy. So much so that at one stage in the first half Haringey just could not get the ball out of their half. They would clear it and it would not go anywhere!

 

They utilised that in the second half whereas we didn’t in the first and they got the win.

 

Kris Campbell is back at the club which is great news for the Rocks.

 

I remember him scoring a brilliant solo goal against Dartford for us.

 

He can play full-back or out wide and he has great pace. He loved it with us at the Nou Camp the last time so I am sure that is why he has come back. Hopefully he plays tomorrow.

 

UP THE ROCKS!

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