Free-scoring Gillingham Town have to eliminate defensive woes
FREE-SCORING Gillingham Town must eradicate frailties in front of their own goal to prevent any pressure on their front men, according to boss Adrian Foster.
Gilli bounced back from a midweek loss to Toolstation Western League Premier Division table-toppers Brislington to win 4-2 at home to Longwell Green Sports on Saturday.
The Dorset outfit were ahead within two minutes when returning striker Matt Chant found Dan Cox in the area who fired home. Sports responded in a timely fashion however and levelled just two minutes later.
Lee Gale then restored the hosts' lead on 11 minutes as he poked in after rounding the visiting keeper, but midway through the half a deflected shot saw Longwell equalised for a second time.
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First-half substitute Nick Thomson again put Gillingham ahead before the break by heading in from a Danny Thompson cross. Another Thompson cross was met by Nick Compton in the second half to put the home side 4-2 up and despite a number of chances for Longwell in the remaining half hour, Gillingham held on for three points.
Manager Foster was pleased with the win but admitted his frustration at giving away two soft goals, even though his newly promoted side are now the top scorers in the division.
He said: "We played well and we knocked the ball around well, but we conceded two poor goals. It is good to score the goals we are but we are not going to score three or four goals every game.
"For some reason we are conceding sloppy goals and it is costing us. We are working hard on it but we have to remember that we are playing in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division. Scoring goals is a plus but it would be nice to win 1-0 sometimes.
"We have had a good amount of firepower for a while now and goals were never going to be a concern. It is the other end of the pitch where we need to improve. If we work harder to cut out the sloppy goals then it makes my life easier."
ILMINSTER Town slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Ashton and Backwell United in the Somerset County League Premier Division, leaving them tenth in the table ahead of three consecutive home games.
Castle Cary are one of four clubs on 19 points behind only runaway Division One leaders Yatton Athletic following their victory in a seven-goal thriller at home to Banwell. The visitors, ahead of Cary only on goal difference, lost 4-3.
On Saturday Cary visit Wrington Redhill, who are also on the same points but a place below.
Combe St Nicholas beat Weston St Johns Reserves 4-2 in Division Two West.