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Mixed Emotions After Draw
There were mixed emotions for Joint Manager Mike Sandmann following The Gate’s 0-0 draw away at Bogner Regis on Saturday afternoon.
After watching another battling 90 minutes from his side, Sandmann’s first thoughts post-match were understandably dedicated to defender Tom Wynter, who will miss the rest of the season following a ruptured Achilles injury sustained in the fixture.
“It is a really brilliant result but it’s hard to celebrate it too much after such an injury. We knew it was bad as Tom didn’t have any other players around him and unfortunately our worst fears proved correct.”
“Tom was one of the players we tried really hard to keep during the off-season as he adds so much value to our defence but as a character in the dressing room, he’s invaluable.”
“It’s another injury and it is testing the squad with another key player out for a very long time, but we have to get on with it and I know the rest of the players will continue to work hard as they have been to get the right results.”
Sandmann was delighted with his side’s attitude and application against one of the teams he rates in the Bostik League.
“We are four unbeaten and to be the first team to keep a clean sheet against Bognor this season is something the players deserve a lot of credit for.”
“For me, Bognor are the best team we have played so far but our players showed what they’re all about. Things keep getting thrown at them and they’ve stepped up to the plate, making every point we’ve got over the past few weeks even more valuable.”
The games are coming thick and fast and Sandmann admitted it will be nice to return home to Hartsdown Park for an important week.
“We want to make it five games unbeaten and replicate recent performances. We’ve said before the difference our supporters can make. It was clear when we played Enfield, when such small margins dictate things, it’s great when you have your supporters to back your players.”
Looking ahead to Tuesday night’s visit from AFC Hornchurch, Sandmann hopes fans will come out in their numbers.
“Evening games have an added edge and hopefully fans will come out and support the boys. AFC Hornchuch will prove another tricky game for us but we’ll re-group the boys and hope to put on another positive display.”
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Monday, 22 October 2018
By Charlotte Richardson