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Scott Walker urges Terras to back up Hemel win against Banbury
TERRAS’ skipper Scott Walker was delighted with his side’s stunning win at Hemel Hempstead but knows it means nothing if they do not back that up with victory this Saturday.
Walker wholeheartedly agreed with boss Brendon King when he described Tuesday’s brilliant 3-1 success as the team’s best performance of the season.
The Weymouth captain felt the display was all the more impressive given that several key players were missing and others took to the pitch nursing illness and minor knocks.
The triumph sent the Terras, who host Banbury United this weekend, into the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division play-off places, moving them to within four points of Hemel Hempstead in second.
“It was a fantastic evening in all areas, we couldn’t have asked for it to be much better,” Walker told Echosport.
“We had our hands tied a bit through injuries and illness and it just goes to show the kind of spirit and attitude this squad has.
“I would definitely agree with Brendon that it was our best performance of the season.
“When we went 3-0 up I couldn’t fault us in any way and we did everything we set out to do and scored at the right times.
“Going 2-0 up knocked the stuffing out of them and the third just after the break put them on the back foot and for the whole squad to do what they did was superb.
“We were the underdogs going into it and set ourselves up for a challenge and with a few of the boys missing and others not 100 per cent we knew our backs would be against the wall.
“But we went there with confidence and desire and we deserved it. They threw a lot at us late in the game but Simon Evans was outstanding in goal.”
He continued: “Afterwards Brendon said games like that don’t mean anything if we can’t win on Saturday and he is totally right.
“No disrespect to Banbury, they are probably not looking at going up or down this season, but when they go up against a side in the play-offs they will raise their game.
“We’ve got to be ready for that to keep this run of ours going.”
Walker is back into the swing of things following a nasty knee injury against former club Chippenham in early January.
He made a scoring return in his first league start in nearly two months at Hitchin last Saturday and with the likes of Kyle Critchell set for a long spell on the sidelines, Walker’s presence is needed now more than ever.
“It was my first 90 minutes in the league on Saturday since my injury and I didn’t have any problems then or Tuesday night,” he said.
“It’s still not 100 per cent but it is just going to get better and it will allow my confidence to build as well.
“When I was out Kyle was captain and he did a lot to keep my spirits up and told me not to make things worse by rushing back.
“I will of course be doing exactly the same with him and fingers crossed his injury is not as bad as first thought.”