“It’s a brilliant dressing room”: Masters praises team morale ahead of Whitstable game

by Michael Gillett 

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East Grinstead Town Assistant Manager Danny Masters has spoken the side’s morale after a successful start to the 2020/21 Isthmian South East campaign.

Following three victories from three in the league, Masters holds a lot of belief in the quality of the Wasps side.

He said: “We’ve always looked like we have the ability to score goals and we’ve always looked dangerous going forwards.”

“The minute we get on the front foot and start to pin teams back, we’re a match for anybody.”

“All we have to do is find our rhythm and then we can be really dangerous.”

“It is a brilliant dressing room and the atmosphere is very good.”

The last league game saw East Grinstead travel to Ashford and win 3-0, despite having lost 5-0 there the season before.

The victory showed the strides in which the team have taken over the prolonged break, coming back a much stronger outfit.  

The game had in fact been goalless at the break, with the Wasps having to soak up the most of the pressure early on.

Masters said: “We were under pressure for the first 45 minutes, but we defended excellent.”

“We changed formation to match up to Ashford in a 3-5-2 and we made a slight personnel change at half time which worked in our favour.”

Saturday saw the Wasps exit the FA Trophy in their first qualifying match, as they lost 1-0 away to fellow South East side Sittingbourne.

This means the East Court men are now out of both the FA Cup and Trophy, after an impressive run in the Cup which saw them defeat Phoenix Sports and then upset Isthmian Premier side Worthing, before losing to Chipstead.

Masters said: “In both cup competitions we had aspirations to go on runs.”

“We were really disappointed with the result against Chipstead and Saturday was the same.”

“We created chances and played better than we did at Chipstead, but we still weren’t clinical enough.”

“Sittingbourne’s game plan was quite obvious in that they were trying to just draw out fouls and get balls into the box.”

“I said at half time that we had to stop giving away cheap fouls but in the 73rd minute we gave away another. They loaded the box, and we were 1-0 down.”

“We had enough chances to come out of that game having scored four or five goals but we know that we ended up gifting that game to Sittingbourne.”

This Saturday sees East Grinstead return to league action, where their 100% record has helped them into 4th place, this despite having played two games less than the teams around them.

Their opponents Whitstable have played three more games than Grinstead but sit on the same total of nine points.

On Saturday’s match Masters said: “They are coming off the back of a drubbing from Hythe when they got turned over 6-0 at home.”

“From what we understand five of Hythe’s six goals came from set pieces which gives us something to work towards.”

“But Whitstable aren’t a bad side and they’re up there with three wins.”

“It has to be about hard work from us Saturday.”

Town manager Leigh Dynan has not been able to be on the side lines for the last two matches, meaning that Masters has been taking temporary charge of the side on match days.

On the experience Masters said: “I’ve really enjoyed it.”

It’s been a challenge personally because before the Ashford match I’d never taken a team at this level for a game.”

“But Leigh and I speak up to an hour before kick-off so we have the game plan mapped out between the two of us.”

“I’ve learnt a hell of a lot in these last two games.”


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