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By Steve Rogers
Monday, October 7, 2013
Hendon blogger Steve Rogers gives his verdict on Saturday’s 4-0 victory away at Bury Town in the Ryman League Premier Division.
That’s better! Winning 4-0 is so much more enjoyable than losing 5-0.
We put last week’s FA Cup defeat behind us in style on Saturday thanks to our 4-0 victory at Bury Town - a result and a performance that made the journey extremely worthwhile. For the uninitiated - this is Bury as in Bury St. Edmunds rather than Bury in Lancashire.
It was set up to be an interesting afternoon as Bury had lost 4-0 at home to Dulwich Hamlet in midweek, and with us coming into the game on the back of the 5-0 defeat at home in the FA Cup, something had to give.
It was clear early on that we had forgotten about last week as we took the game to the home side. The first goal came in the 12th minute when Bury left Lee O’Leary unmarked from a corner, along with no-one defending the far post. The result was O’Leary receiving the ball, playing it into the box and Casey Maclaren flicking it into the unguarded net.
Less than 10 minutes later we were two ahead when Jefferson Louis and Carl McCluskey - the latter playing in a much more forward role than he has done of late - linked up, and McCluskey slid the ball into the net for his first goal of the season.
Number three came two minutes into the second half as Louis scored his seventh of the season, slotting the ball across the keeper into the far corner - a finish of a player who had played at a higher level. Then the fourth came from the penalty spot via Anthony Thomas.
Bury threatened little. I can’t remember Berkley Laurencin having a real save to make - while he saw quite a bit of the ball, he was never tested. Bury look a side devoid of confidence, which is slightly strange given they that they’d had a decent start to the season.
So why have we gone from losing 5-0 to winning 4-0? Apart from football being a game where that can happen, and a distinct difference in the quality of our opposition between the two games, there was one key player involved this time who missed out through injury last weekend - Kevin Maclaren.
Our record in the six games with Kevin in the starting line-up is won four, drawn two. Our record in the eight games he hasn’t started is won one, lost seven. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Others may disagree, but I feel that we are so much more solid in midfield when Kevin is in the side.
Hopefully his influence will continue in the next few games and beyond as we look to progress in some of the other cups and move our way up the league table.
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