WHITCHURCH Alport’s joint manager Luke Goddard was thrilled to get the opening-day 2-0 win against Daisy Hill.
All week long, the 26-year-old had been drumming into his squad that they needed to be fully focussed on one thing only – and that was to win.
So after the game he was a happy man: “I didn’t think we played as well as we can, but we controlled the game and they didn’t cause us too many problems,” he said.
“We’re a young group and a win is really important because we now know what’s required to win football matches.
“Daisy Hill are a typical North West Counties team and we could easily have won 3-0 or 4-0 if we’d been better in front of goal. The second goal was a relief because we deserved to win the match – nobody could argue about that.”
Alport were without the services of striker Alex Hughes and tricky winger Matty Ashbrook, who is still nursing a leg injury. And Goddard admitted it was a really tough decision picking an 11 to start: “It was a really tough decision because I didn’t intend playing but Carl (Everall) and Tony (Ledwards) twisted my arm.
“We’ve got some really talented players here and some of them were really unlucky to miss out. But we trust the players and have asked that they trust us.
“I don’t want any one of them sending me a text in August to say they’re unhappy. Our door is always open for the players to come and speak to us.
* For a full page of Alport news, see this week's Whitchurch Herald.