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Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow's weekly column
6:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Sport
AS WE APPROACH the first game in September, we find ourselves in a good position after winning four of the first five games.
It is a good start but as a group we still feel there is more to come.
Throughout the first five games, we have seen some excellent defensive performances, some cracking goals and a real solid look to our midfield, but we all agree we have yet to produce flowing attacking football for long periods of the game.
We know we are capable and hopefully this will come very soon.
There have been many positives to take from the start – the points obviously, the team sharing the goals around, the solid compact look out of possession and the strength in depth the squad has shown.
Any team in the league would have been concerned if they had six injuries to the quality of players we did on Saturday, but how well we coped is testimony to the squad and the scoreline should have been more convincing.
As well as these injuries, we mustn’t forget we have two players out on loan at Thatcham.
Chris Patterson and Alex Charlick are getting valuable match time at the moment and, on Tuesday, while the first team were being put through their paces with a fitness session, I got the opportunity to go and see them play.
Chris was a giant and looked very strong. He was the main reason for them keeping a clean sheet, while Alex put in a real all action performance. His fitness levels were excellent and delivery into the box outstanding.
Tom Lockyer, who is on dual registration, also performed well and was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet. It’s great to see these three using the experience to their advantage.
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