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MAGPIES: We're on our Way
DAN Way is confident the Magpies’ win over Chelmsford City can act as the catalyst for a turnaround in the club’s fortunes.
Last Saturday’s first success of the season may not have been enough to lift the team off the foot of the Skrill South table but it gave the club a huge boost following a dreadful start this term.
And while the clash with the Essex outfit was notable for Mark Jermyn’s record-breaking 586th appearance, it also saw 18-year-old Way net his maiden senior goal.
Having broken into the side last season Way is enjoying more first-team action this time around and is hungry to keep hold of his place in the starting line-up.
Way feels the Chelmsford victory, as well as marking a memorable day for him, can be a defining moment in the Magpies’ climb to safety.
“We needed that win and I was just glad to help us get off to a good start,” he said. “Everyone was buzzing in the changing room after the game, the atmosphere was great.
“Chelmsford are a good side and I think everyone realised that the result could be a turning point for us and we want to build on it in the FA Cup this weekend.
“Everyone is together in the squad and hopefully we can put our bad start behind us and move on.”
On his own form, he added: “It was quite frustrating last season to keep going away with the squad and not getting any game time.
“But we had such a good season that I didn’t want to drop a league even though I would probably have got more minutes.
“This season I feel more a part of the squad I just want to play as much as I can now.
“I want to be a regular first-team squad member, though I’ve got a long way to go before I play as many games as Jem.”
While Way is grateful to be playing alongside the likes of Jermyn, he is also thrilled to see Jack Twyford get his chance – Twyford replaced Way late on during Saturday’s match to make his Magpies’ debut.
“I was so glad for Jack because he really deserved his chance,” added the Thomas Hardye pupil. “He has played so well for the reserves and it was good to see Phil (Simkin) include him in the squad.
“Will Gape was also in the squad at the weekend and it’s encouraging to see that players can make the step up from the reserves like I did.”
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