Bishops Cleeve captain Adam Mace has praised his side’s mentality after the Mitres stayed 2nd in the Hellenic Premier after a come from behind 2-1 win against Burnham.
After Sam Coles gave Burnham a 12th minute lead at Kayte Lane, a penalty by former Gloucester City man Steve Davies levelled the game before Harrison Iddles popped up with an 88th minute winner to keep tabs on leaders Westfields.
“We showed a lot of character today,” said Mace. “It’s always difficult when conditions change as we played on an absolute carpet at Shortwood United last week, but the weather yesterday saw us play under different conditions.
Yes, the performance wasn’t as we would have expected of ourselves but overall the mentality was superb from us today, we never gave up and got the rewards in the end,” Mace added.
The late winner could prove crucial for Bishops Cleeve, as all of Westfields, Fairford Town and Reading City were leading in their respective games. Mace admitted that whilst Bishops Cleeve need to watch what they do themselves, it is important to keep up even at this early stage of the season.
“Keeping up is important. Unfortunately in this league we have seen that if you have a blip then all of a sudden you can be 6 or 7 points adrift, so it’s key that we stay in amongst it.
But as our management always remind us, we can only worry about ourselves so we have to keep with that mindset and see where we end up,” said the Bishops Cleeve captain.
Mace was just one of many associated with Bishops Cleeve who was delighted to see Harrison Iddles grab the winner, after the midfielder missed a number of weeks with a nasty looking injury.
“H [Harrison Iddles] is a different kind of player to what we have in the squad and having played against him before I know that he’s a nightmare to play against.
He deserved a moment like yesterday after a difficult spell out through injury but credit to him, he has come back looking no different and we all couldn’t be happier for him.”
This weekend’s victory means that Bishops Cleeve have now gone seven games unbeaten in the league after a disappointing defeat on the opening day at Ardley United and Mace has put the run down to a quality squad full of experienced players.
“The key has been the addition of some experience around the squad, we some players that have been around the game a long time and therefore needing something late seems less rushed.
It obviously helps having a man in Jack Watts’ form but the big difference so far has been the clean sheets. We have enough quality to seriously hurt teams so if we can shut the door at our end I’m confident our quality will cause issues at the other,” Mace said.
Bishops Cleeve face a tricky October with a 16 day break from league action that sees them head to Mangotsfield United in the GFA Senior Cup on Tuesday night, hosting Brockenhurst in the FA Vase next weekend and Hellenic cup fixtures against Westfields and Shortwood United. The Mitres are next in league action on 22nd October, when they host Westfields in a top of the table clash.