Neil Marshall column: There’s not better feeling than winning games late

Clitheroe's Jason Hart tries to work his way past Neil Marshall (5) and Jacob Davis. Picture: Rob Lock
Clitheroe's Jason Hart tries to work his way past Neil Marshall (5) and Jacob Davis. Picture: Rob Lock

There’s no better feeling than winning games late on.

That’s exactly what we’ve done to turn things around at the start of the new year with wins over Clitheroe and Bamber Bridge.

Overall the festive period was successful.

It didn’t start well against Kendal on Boxing Day where we went 2-0 down before dragging ourselves back into the game.

We had chances to win the game but they got the decisive penalty and it felt like it was the same old story.

But we’ve turned it around since then.

The conditions at Clitheroe on New Year’s Day were really difficult with the heavy pitch.

We defended really well though and got the winner through Garry Hunter.

Bamber Bridge was the same again where we dug in before Matty Poole got on the scoresheet to make it two late goals, two wins and two clean sheets.

We’ve been working on defending better and it’s certainly bringing results.

As a central defender it’s really pleasing.

I said before Christmas that we needed to learn how to grind out results and that’s what we’ve done at the start of 2015.

The gaffer (Darren Peacock) told us that we’d gone behind 11 times in games.

We were giving ourselves a mountain to climb all the time which isn’t easy mentally or physically.

Now we’ve got something to build on.

Next we head over to Yorkshire to face Brighouse Town on Saturday, a side we beat 2-0 at Giant Axe earlier in the season.

They’re just below us in the table but from our point of view it’s just about carrying on what we’ve done to start the year.

We need to keep it tight, especially away from home, stay in the game and wait for the chances to come.

We know we’ve got enough going forward to give any side problems it’s just a matter of not making mistakes.