‘The fans deserve to have that winning feeling’ says Weston-super-Mare head coach as the Seagulls’ form continues to improve

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 January 2017

Scott Bartlett in the Oxford dugout. Picture: Will T Photography

Scott Bartlett in the Oxford dugout. Picture: Will T Photography

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Weston enjoyed a third win on the bounce at the weekend and the Seagulls’ head coach is hoping for more of the same when the side travel to Dartford on Tuesday night.

Brad Ash on the ball at Bishops Stortford. Picture: Will T photography.Brad Ash on the ball at Bishops Stortford. Picture: Will T photography.

First-half goals from Brad Ash, Jamie Chamberlain and Gethyn Hill sealed a 3-1 win away at Concord Rangers on Saturday to cap off a fine run of form.

Head coach Scott Bartlett told the Mercury he is delighted with the side’s resurgence but insists ‘we haven’t cracked it yet’.

He said: “We have put together a competitive squad which tells me they believe in what we are doing.

“It has gelled really quickly – with the new signings coming in – and they have done really well.

“The new lads have been helped by the lads who were already here. I think we have been really clever with our recruitment.

“We have nothing to fear now ahead of the game on Tuesday. In some ways we are looking forward to it more than the games which have just passed. These are battles and I want to win football matches.

“But we haven’t cracked it yet and after Tuesday’s match, it is important we win at home.”

Weston leaped up the National League South table after Saturday’s win and now sit in 16th place – three points clear of the relegation zone.

Bartlett says not moving in the table despite winning two matches over the Christmas period could have been disheartening for some players.

He said: “. I think having jumped four places in the table last week has been nice for the players as we won two games in a row and didn’t move in the table.

“That could have affected a less strong group of players but now we have something more to aim for and have dragged a number of teams back into the relegation battle.

“The fans have been brilliant and they deserve to win matches at home and that has not happened enough for them so we of course want to win next week at The Woodspring.

“We have always said we want to build the club up from the bottom and we have got the players, staff and the fans to do that.”

Weston travel to Dartford on Tuesday night. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

For reaction from the match, keep an eye on the Mercury website for an exclusive post-match interview with Bartlett.

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