“Winning when not playing well is a good habit” says Ward after Mitres win in FA Vase

Bishops Cleeve Assistant Manager Freddy Ward was full of praise for his side for beating Thornbury Town in the FA Vase, despite not playing their best at the weekend.

Goals from Jack Watts, Elliot Kennedy and Jake Rhodes along with an own goal saw the Mitres advance in the Second Qualifying Round of the Vase 4-1, but Ward admits the game was harder than the score line suggested.

“Despite the scoreline the game wasn’t straight forward at all,” Ward told Severn Sport. “Being honest we didn’t play well at all really.

But winning when not playing well is a good habit, we have done it a few times now this season so we can’t grumble. It is fantastic to get another win knowing there is more to come,” added Ward.

In Saturday’s win at Kayte Lane Cleeve forward Jack Watts added a 10th goal of the season and Ward praised his teammate and admits that there is still more to come from the returning forward.

“Wattsy [Jack Watts] scored at a great time for us on Saturday as it really killed the game after they had just pulled one back.

If Jack stays injury free then you can expect to see him reach 30+ goals that we all know he is capable of and realistically he could have 3 or 4 at the weekend on another day!

He has been on fire for a number of seasons now and not just for Cleeve and if he carries on then we can all expect big things from him again – like making the Severn Sport Team of the Season!” Laughed Ward.

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The upcoming week is a big week for the Mitres, with a trip to Aylesbury United in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at the weekend following a trip to Royal Wootton Bassett Town in the league in midweek and Ward has called for his side to concentrate on the midweek game first and foremost.

“Oh is it the FA Cup game this week?” Joked Ward. “No in all seriousness we take it one game at a time. It is easy to say that, but the league is our bread and butter and it is what we aim for, so for us as a team the league games are just as big as the cup games,” said Ward.

Ward also confirmed to Severn Sport that Cleeve will be without influential midfielder Archie Haskayne for a number of months after he suffered a suspected broken ankle in the game against Thornbury. Everyone at Severn Sport wishes him a speedy recovery!

Bishops Cleeve head to Royal Wootton Bassett Town in the Hellenic Premier on Tuesday (14th September) evening, kick off 19:45

READ MORE: Check out the list of results from the weekend in and around Gloucestershire right here

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