It was great to get back to winning ways at Washington in the FA Cup on Saturday.
We didn’t really know what to expect as they play in Division Two of the Northern League and it was a really strange setting with the pitch right in the middle of a car plant.
They were a big, physical side and we took our time before working them out.
When we did after the first half an hour we did really way to play round them.
We didn’t give them too many set pieces to work with so limited their chances.
It might have been a slightly unusual ground but it was a good pitch so we could play our football.
We took our chances too, which has been a bit of an issue at times, and it was good to see Aaron Taylor return to form with a hat-trick.
If we can take our chances like that in future games I’m sure we’ll get more big wins over the season.
Two experienced players in Ryan Elderton and Garry Hunter were also back for us at Washington. Gavin Clark’s partner has had a baby so the call went into Ryan and it was like he’d never been away.
As for Gaz, I’m sure having him back after picking up an injury in pre-season will see an upturn in our results.
Central midfield is a key position and he’s been there and done it.
We know from last year what an important player he’ll be for us.
Next up in the league are two games in a week at Mossley on Saturday and at home to Warrington on Tuesday.
I’m sure Mossley will be a big, physical side like they always have been.
Warrington on the other hand have spent a bit of money over the last couple of seasons and I’m sure they’ll be up there again this season.
Confidence is high after the win in the FA Cup and a couple of good results over the next week will put us right back on track in the league.