Twyman praises team togetherness after Hardwicke earn first league win of the season

Hardwicke Manager Jack Twyman has praised his side’s togetherness after they earned their first Gloucestershire County League win, beating league leaders Shirehampton 3-1 at Green Lane on Saturday.

Adam Bloomfield’s strike and a Pat Vernall double was enough to see former Slimbridge midfielder Twyman notch up his first league win since taking the manager’s job in the summer.

Following the game Twyman spoke to Severn Sport about the game and how pleased he was for the players after the all important first win of the season.

“I was very pleased for the lads as they have stuck with it after a poor start to the season,” Twyman said.

“But it’s been coming and it was well deserved. I don’t think Shirehampton can have any complaints on the day. I thought we were the better team throughout, we managed the game well and we conceded a penalty which we should never have given away really,” added Twyman.

Going into the game Shirehampton were top of the County League and were unbeaten having only conceded two goals in their first nine games with Hardwicke second bottom before kick off.

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But after the win Twyman praised his side for their togetherness on the pitch, which you can see in the Tweet below, and after the games in the bar.

“Honestly the togetherness of this side is a joke, we haven’t won a league game before Saturday and if you saw us in the bar after every game you’d think we’d been unbeaten!

The start of the season wasn’t good enough, the performances were poor but the lads worked their socks off the last 3/4 games to try and put that right.

I think when the third goal went in Saturday you could feel the relief from everyone and it was about time! But I won’t be complacent going into the next league game, they’ve set the standards I expect every week! Saturday’s three points will mean nothing if we lose this weekend,” said Twyman.

Hardwicke head to English Bicknor in their next Gloucestershire County League fixture on Saturday, before hosting Quedgeley Wanderers in an all-Gloucester affair the following weekend (6th November).

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