Town register sixth straight win despite below par show
WINCANTON Town won their sixth Toolstation Western League First Division game in succession as they eased past struggling Portishead Town 3-0 on Saturday.
Lee Gale scored twice to give the hosts a 2-0 lead, before Ren Turnock added a third to leave Town 3-0 up and cruising before half-time.
Wincanton then controlled the game in the second half and completed a comfortable victory, moving up to fourth in the league and just two points from a promotion place.
Manager Paul Down was pleased with the result, although he admitted that the performance lacked the consistency of the last few matches.
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Down said: "It was a strange one because we were playing against the wind in the first half and that's when we were at our best, and it was in the second half when we should've had an advantage where I don't feel we played that well.
"It was a funny game because of the weather and we found it tough to play, but the most important thing was getting the result and I'm glad that we did that.
"That's now six games in a row that we've won and I felt that was actually the worst we've been in that time, but we've kept that run going and we're enjoying that winning feeling at the moment."
Down praised the form that both his side's attacking and defensive units have found across recent weeks to help them move up the table.
Town have scored 45 goals in the league this season, more than anyone else with the exception of leaders Bradford Town, and their defensive record has dramatically improved in the last few matches, with Saturday's shutout giving them their second clean sheet in succession.
He also pointed towards the strike partnership of Lee Gale and Matt Chant as being one of the main factors behind his side's impressive run of results.
"The most pleasing thing is definitely that we've stopped conceding goals," he said. "It took the defence a few games to adjust to the league and get used to the pace of it now, but we've put that right now and that's helped make us much stronger than we were.
"Everyone's been firing up front as well. Lee's come in from Gillingham and has slotted in straight away, and his partnership with Matty Chant has been a major factor in our good run.
"It's not just been those two though, the whole attacking unit has been in great form as well and helped us score so many goals, and it's been a real team effort that has got us to where we are."
Wincanton travel to Welton Rovers on Saturday as they look to keep up the pressure on the teams around them.
The South Somerset side have won just twice on the road all season, but beat Warminster Town the last time they went on their travels.
Down believes that his side's imperious home form in recent games will allow them to play with more freedom when in action away from Moor Lane, and says he is confident of beating Welton at the weekend.
He said: "We haven't been too strong away from home this season, but we're on a high from our good run at home and I'm confident that will see us get more points on the board when we're playing away.
"Welton Rovers will be a tough side and we know we will have to be on our game to beat them, but we are on a great run at the moment and everyone is confident that we will have what it takes to win on Saturday and keep our good run going."
By Stephen D'Albiac