Manager Danny Greaves was on hand following today's away defeat to Bideford to give his thoughts on a tricky Christmas period. "It's been a disappointing festive period for us. Firstly the abandonment with 15 minutes to go against Thatcham with a superb display. We followed that up with our worst performance of the season against Melksham on Boxing Day where we just didn't get going. We bounced back some what with a solid enough performance against Cinderford on New Year's Day on what was an extremely heavy pitch following the previous week's abandoned game.
Today looked like one step to far, after playing on 2 extremely heavy pitches in the last 3 games, compounded with unavailability through injury, suspension and illness, and many in the 11 who are struggling with sickness which has spread through the team. I don't want to make excuses but the reality is late last night we had the bare 11 which included 2 lads with injuries, however 2 more lads dragged themselves off their sick beds this morning to go and play.
We put in a decent enough first 45 to go in 1-0 up but run totally out of steam in the second. I can't fault the lads efforts. Credit to Bideford they deserved the win and we wish them well.
It's important we don't get too high when we win or too low when we lose. We have missed a few key players in the last 3 games which has meant the squad is stretched and people playing through injuries and illness where we'd normally be able to take them out.
As a group we know what we need to do, and once we get our group back together we will be fine.We have a game on Tuesday against Swindon Supermarine in the league cup so will patch a team up to go out and hopefully get us back on track, before a weekend of much needed rest before we travel to play Bristol Manor Farm a week Tuesday.
Thank you to the supporters who travelled today.
Look forward to seeing as many as possible at Swindon on Tuesday."