Neil Marshall column: We need to bounce back in the FA Cup

Neil Marshall in action against Radcliffe Borough. Picture: Peter Gray
Neil Marshall in action against Radcliffe Borough. Picture: Peter Gray

The most disappointing thing about the two defeats this week is that we started well and have gone in the opposite direction so quickly.

On Saturday at Radcliffe Borough they went 1-0 up early on but we got back into and had plenty of chances.

It looked like it was just going to be a matter of time but they got a penalty before half-time and that hit us hard.

We made some silly mistakes and like at times last season, missed a lot of chances and were made to pay for it.

Again on Bank Holiday Monday things seemed to be going well against Clitheroe.

We were 1-0 early on and it just looked like it was going to be a case of how many we got.

But somehow we managed to lose our way and lost our heads when their goals started going in.

It’s pretty hard to take and we’ve got to turn it round. That starts with the trip to Washington in the FA Cup this Saturday.

We don’t know too much about them but they’re in the Northern League Division Two and will see us as a scalp.

You never know in the FA Cup but if we play like can then it should hopefully be the start of a cup run.

Every young player dreams of playing in the FA Cup and it’s up to us to take our opportunity on Saturday.

Monday saw our assistant manager and former England international Trevor Sinclair make his playing debut.

He came off the bench against Clitheroe and I’m sure he’d have liked for it to be in better circumstances but he did give everyone a real lift.

We haven’t spoken too much about it amongst the lads but playing with someone who’s been to the World Cup is always going to do that.