Search

Captain’s Diary: Ross Watson’s weekly look inside The Walks

16:56 23 March 2012

Ross Watson

Ross Watson's exclusive weekly column, only in the EDP's Lynn Free Press pull-out on a Thursday. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant © 2011

We’ve achieved so much in the past six to eight months in my eyes, but we’re all still working our socks off to ensure we get over the finishing line ahead of Long Buckby.

I think it’s really helping now in the run-in that we all get on so well. You can see the spirit in the group. That’s why we’re all there pushing together – just like we did on Saturday.

We are genuinely good friends, which is incredible if you think we all come from different places. If one goes to the pub, we all go to the pub. You don’t get that at many clubs and I think it’s class.

Things like when a new player signs they have to sing a song to the rest of the lads brings the group together and it does help on the pitch.

When I signed I did Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valerie’ with Chris Bacon. A few have ducked out of it – like Jason Turner – who was happy to pay his fine. He’s an experienced man so he wasn’t keen on making himself look silly.

Ash Deeney took it to another level and threw in a few remixes. Rob Hughes took his clothes off and sung naked and Liam Harrold showed some good vocals when he belted out an Oasis number. Team spirit can win you things and I believe we’ve got it.

We do like a laugh and a joke. Hughesy is a walking comedian, but once we turn up to games we know we’ve got a job to do. Setch lets us have a laugh, but he’s very professional.

He knows when we need to switch on and to be fair so do we. We’ve got a job to do and every single one of us knows it. That’s the best thing at Lynn right now. We’re all pulling in the same direction. There’s no bad eggs here.

The winning mentality around the place is massive and that comes down to the gaffer, Neil Fryatt and Ross McNeil. Neil has been different class since he’s come in this season.

He’s a bit old school, but everyone respects him. He might have the worst banter ever, but he understands the lads and how to get the best out of us.

Ross is the man behind the scenes who just makes sure we’ve got everything we need. He’s quite quiet, but he knows what it’s all about and he says some really motivational stuff. He might be Jack Defty’s best mate – which gets him a bit of stick – but he’s inspirational.

The three of them work so well together and have made us work so hard. Sometimes we have a laugh that we run too much, but you only need to see how fit we are. We’ve scored late goals because of it as we never give up.

We got the job done on Saturday and that’s all that matters. Last year we probably wouldn’t have won that game, but to a man we all showed true determination about how much we want to go up. You’ve got to credit the whole squad for where we are right now.

So many players like Dan Buhlemann are good enough to get in the side, but have remained patient when they’re not. Danny White is an unsung hero. Stuart Wall is Mr Consistency. And players like Jamie Thurlbourne and Steve Spriggs can add that bit of class. We all offer something different.

Ryan Fryatt is another who has been excellent this season and did outstandingly when I was out injured. We’ve all played our part and so have our supporters, who are different gear. When you turn up at some of these grounds and there’s 100-odd Lynn fans there it does make a difference. They’re our 12th man.

It’ll be nice to be playing at The Walks again on Saturday against Daventry, but we need to ensure we’re in the zone again. Three points is all that matters.

I might be a bit quieter off the field, but I’ll be bellowing out encouragement to the guys again if I’m picked. I hope the fans continue to get behind us vocally too because it does make a difference and every game now is vital.

• Read Ross’ exclusive column first every week on Thursdays in the EDP’s Lynn Free Press pull-out.

• Follow Ross on Twitter by clicking on the link of the right-hand side of this page.

Related articles

0 comments

Other Diss sport

10:48
Matt Clarke.

With events at Carrow Road again playing havoc with availability, Great Melton produced four commendable performances, topped by the first team’s stirring winning draw at home to Thetford.

10:44
Diss Town's U13 to U15 age groups

Diss Town’s youth football teams rounded off the 2014-15 season with their presentation day held at Brewers Green Lane. The season was a great success again with all the teams doing well in their respective leagues.

Yesterday, 10:07
Cricket.

Despite the best efforts of Norwich City only six games were conceded this week – but several matches were shortened to accommodate the lunctime play-off so generally cricket was the winner, writes Mike Ridout.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Norfolk Alliance duo Cromer and Old Buckenham have attractive looking home games to look forward after the draw for the quarter-finals of the Carter Cup.

Most Read

10:48
Matt Clarke.

With events at Carrow Road again playing havoc with availability, Great Melton produced four commendable performances, topped by the first team’s stirring winning draw at home to Thetford.

Read more
Norwich
10:44
Diss Town's U13 to U15 age groups

Diss Town’s youth football teams rounded off the 2014-15 season with their presentation day held at Brewers Green Lane. The season was a great success again with all the teams doing well in their respective leagues.

Read more
Diss Town
Yesterday, 06:30
Alfie Hewett in action during the Internazionali d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome. Picture: Laura Baccara

Alfie Hewett is eyeing World Team Cup gold for the second time in three years after the Cantley wheelchair tennis star won his first ITF Two Series men’s singles title on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Read more
United Kingdom
Tue, 17:16
Thousands of fans have already booked places on coaches and minibuses going to the play-off final.

Norwich City football club has announced that it has filled all 120 of the official club coaches which will leave County Hall to ferry fans to Wembley.

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2012
Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes referee Andre Marriner called it wrong when awarding a free-kick to Robert Snodgrass, which led to the winner. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes the Potters paid for some wasteful finishing at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition