Like London buses, Thurlow Nunn First Division side Cornard United have seen two wins come in quick succession, one of which a superb turnaround from a previously humiliating result earlier in the season
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Following a two-month wait for a first league win, like London buses, Thurlow Nunn First Division side Cornard United have seen two come in quick succession.
A previous run consisting of 10 defeats and one draw this season had left Cornard drained of confidence, but recent wins in the last eight days over Braintree Town Reserves (2-1) and AFC Sudbury Reserves (2-0) have lifted the spirits of the west Suffolk side no end.
Despite the victories, Cornard remain at the bottom of the division – but with confidence now on board – boss Paul Grainger is adamant that his side are starting to find their feet.
“It (the win) has been coming for several games,” said Grainger.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the lads, they’ve worked really hard and have deserved what they’ve got in the last two games.
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“We’d been losing by the odd goal but now we’ve got that win, I definitely think the side can add plenty more now.
“The boys have been unlucky (not to win a game previously) but the reason they’ve been losing hasn’t been technical, it’s been psychological, turning up in a losing habit.”
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Although confident that the win was coming, Grainger has admitted that sealing it was a ‘pretty massive’ relief as Erza Drann and Thomas Lepage scored the goals to sink Braintree reserves eight days ago.
However, a much better and pleasing result was to come just four days later as, after previously being embarrassingly defeated in a 10-2 humiliation to local rivals AFC Sudbury Reserves in the First Division Knock-Out Cup earlier in the season, Cornard got their own-back on Saturday with a 2-0 triumph.
Grainger was placed in charge of the Suffolk side after that forgettable defeat at the end of August, and was left delighted by his side’s ability to turn such a score-line on its head in the next meeting between the sides.
“The win against Sudbury on Saturday was good for three things,” said the Cornard boss.
“It was good because of what happened last time, but also because it was a local derby and it was the first time the club has won two games in a row for a long time.”
What made the win even more sweeter for the newly rejuvenated side was the fact that the goals came in the 89th and 92nd minutes.
“I feel a bit sorry for Sudbury,” said Grainger.
“But scoring last-minute goals are a great way to win, nothing beats last-minute goals.”
Young substitute James Huwe was Cornard’s hero as, after only being brought on five minutes earlier, scored with his first touch in the melee of a corner before assisting fellow sub Daniel Sakal to round off a moral-boosting victory.
Cornard now turn their attentions to Woodbridge Town on Saturday as they host the Woodpeckers in a Suffolk Senior Cup match, with Grainger – who almost joined forces with Woodbridge as assistant manager in the summer – looking forward to what he feels should be a “really good game”.Kick-off is at 3pm.