Neil Marshall column: I can’t wait to start working with new boss

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We were told about the arrival of our new head coach before the Ossett game and you could feel that it lifted all the lads.

He hasn’t managed anywhere yet but he’s high-profile and I’m very confident that he can take us onwards and upwards.

He has played at the highest level, with and against world-class players, so I’m pretty sure he’ll have a lot to offer the club, players and staff.

I can’t wait to meet him and I am really looking forward to getting started in pre-season.

A week that has ended with a lot of positivity had been very up and down.

Saturday’s game against Ramsbottom was another one where the result didn’t reflect our performance.

I thought we started really well and limited them to long-range shots and had a couple of chances of our own.

But while we couldn’t get that elusive first goal the game was always going to be in the balance and unfortunately they took the lead after an hour.

After this the lads showed great character and had chance after chance with shots getting cleared off the line and the ball just not falling for us.

They got a second and that killed us off but I was proud of the team and the way we battled right to the end.

Thankfully on Tuesday we got the three points we deserved.

The pitch wasn’t good for free-flowing football but we were solid and took the lead midway through the first half.

We got our second just after the hour but we knew we couldn’t rest on our laurels because Ossett had beaten us with three stoppage-time goals at Giant Axe a month or so ago.

They managed to get a penalty with 10 minutes to go and understandably put us under a bit of pressure but we held on and were delighted to stop the losing run.

Our last three games are all winnable and I’m sure the lads will be looking to impress in these games and end the season on a high.

Saturday is our last home game so I’m hoping the fans come out in numbers and support the lads and I’m sure they will.

Up the Dollies!