“We have to earn our three points” says Hardwicke boss Twyman ahead of derby with Gala Wilton

Hardwicke boss Jack Twyman is targeting a top-six place in the second half of the campaign, beginning with a tough home tie with Gala Wilton at the Village Hall Playing Fields on Saturday afternoon, writes Josh Evans.

A sluggish start to the season has been somewhat turned around before Christmas with 13 points collected from a possible 18 on offer.

“I felt we didn’t want the games to stop as we started to find some form but saying that, it was nice to have that break,” said Twyman.

Gala Wilton come into the tie with indifferent form prior to the break but were in action last Saturday in an entertaining 2-2 at home to Quedgeley Wanderers.

In Daniel Gaynor they boast a striker who has already netted 11 times so far this season and sitting second in the goalscoring rankings, something Hardwicke will crave after only scoring 18 goals across the pitch in 15 games so far.

“Stats don’t lie but we don’t concede many, It’s always nice to score lots of goals, but we’re not that kind of side, we have to earn our three points” mentioned Twyman.

For the hosts, it’s their first game back after the winter break but Twyman hasn’t got any fitness concerns approaching the match.

“Our average age is 38, but they’ve got a lot better at managing games,” insisted Twyman. Twyman was honest in his assessment of his team’s start to the campaign after failing to register a win before late October, when they turned over the top of the table Shirehampton.

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As a result that surprised many, it looks like the turning point for their season which is now on an upward trajectory.
“I can’t fault the team spirit, it’s always been there even when we didn’t win a game for eight games” commented Twyman.

The former Gloucester City and Slimbridge midfielder took the plunge into management last summer when he took the vacant post at Hardwicke left by Lee Chivers. He and Nathan Barnett have come together to push the Hardwicke to the next level with the Gloucestershire County League the first port of call.

“I’d be lying if I said it was easy to manage, I’ve tried to give 100% and will continue to do so until the end of the season.

I’m still waiting on a shoulder operation, but due to Covid it’s been rather slow. The aim is to get back fit for the summer and then see what happens,” said Twyman, as he teased a return to playing action.

Hardwicke will have the opportunity to climb the table and get closer to their target finish with a win on Saturday, whilst Gala Wilton, on the other hand, will be looking to find some consistency not too dissimilar to their form at the start of the season.

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