Gillespie praises Gala side after Dobbins hat-trick earns first day win

Dan Gillespie has praised his Gala Wilton side after kicking off their Gloucestershire County League season in the perfect way, with a 4-0 win at home to Quedgeley Wanderers.

Having not played competitive football since March, Gala opened their campaign with a Gloucester-derby and Gillespie has praised his side for their starting well and has called on his side to remain consistent this term.

“It’s a really positive start and it was a good performance,” said Gillespie. “After the game it was good to hear the players perspective and it was very similar to mine, we felt we still had a few more gears in us. I’d be inclined to say we gave ourselves a really tough pre-season schedule and we hope that stands us in good stead.

Last season we did start particularly well and we had a blip through the middle of the season. This season we’ve added to our squad to make us stronger and try and put pressure on last season’s top four. We didn’t beat any of those sides last year so we need to maintain what we did well but have more about us against those top four sides,” added Gillespie.

Forward Ryan Dobbins found himself at the top of the scoring charts for most of the 2019/20 County League season and after kicking off this term with three goals and facing a new role within the side, Gillespie reserved praised for his captain.

“Ryan’s brilliant for us and his attitude is first class. He may end up playing in a slightly different role for us this season. It’s probably not something deep down he’s particularly happy with but for me he’s an honest player who will give everything he has, that’s probably the main reason why he’s our captain.

Also, his goal scoring record for Gala Wilton in the County League is excellent,” Gillespie said.

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As Gillespie mentioned Gala saw a similarly strong start to their 2019/20 season before dropping off during the season and after a big opening weekend win, Gillespie knows the importance of not getting carried away and believes his side’s strength in depth will be the difference this year.

“I think probably we have certain aims and objectives this season but collectively as a team we haven’t really discussed them. After Yesterday’s result it was calm no-one is getting carried away.

The competition for places is immensely strong all over the squad and seeing players with the quality of Craig Howell and James Bowers coming off the bench yesterday just shows the depth we have and if we want to be a side that competes for honours that is massively important,” said the Gala boss.

Check out the full list of results in and around Gloucestershire this weekend right here

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