4:00pm Thursday 11th April 2013
By Dan Barnes
BLUEBIRDS striker Lee Phillips admits he was embarrassed to see his side go 18 agonising weeks without notching up a league victory but was nonetheless thrilled as Town smashed their unwanted record this week.
Phillips found the net twice at bottom-of-the-table Kettering Town on Saturday and also fired home a first-half equaliser at Cambridge City on Tuesday as the Bluebirds breathed new life into their battle against relegation with two victories.
The Chippenham striker says that his team’s confidence is sky-high and recent performances have provided cause for optimism as the season enters the business end.
“I read that it had been 126 days (without a win) and that’s such a long time to go but I’m just really happy for Rudgey and Feyer (Richard Fey) because they’ve taken a lot of stick this season,” said Phillips.
“It’s embarrassing to say it because we shouldn’t be down where we are but we want to stay in this league and getting those wins bodes well for the rest of the season and next season too.
“The boys’ confidence is really high at the moment and we’ve had some great trips back from the last two games.
“Sometimes other teams are banging on the doors and shouting and screaming when they’ve won but we’ve got a happy medium where we don’t get too low when we’ve lost and we don’t get too carried away when we’ve won.”
Chippenham went ahead at Kettering when Joe McClennan dispossessed Richard Logan and pulled the ball back for striker Alan Griffin to side-foot home with ease.
In the 27th minute, McClennan flicked a Toby Osman cross past his right shoulder, setting up Phillips to rifle into the bottom corner.
Kettering’s Nathan Hicks pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half but Phillips pounced to turn home his second of the afternoon.
Griffin despairingly headed Ben Ford’s free-kick into his own net to make it 3-2 but when Kettering cleared James Guthrie’s cross into the air, McClennan expertly volleyed into the bottom corner to make the game safe.
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