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Post  RTFC Barmy Army on Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:21 am

Reading Evening Post wrote:Reading Town manager Colin Millard believes his current side is the strongest of his seven-year reign at Scours Lane.And the bad news for Town’s Hellenic League rivals is that Millard expects them to get even better!Town have recovered from a shaky start in their first Hellenic campaign after switching from the Combined Counties League and are currently fourth in the Premier Division.They are the form team in the division, with 10 wins and a draw from their last 12 games – and they have not conceded a goal for six games. But Millard warned that the success of his young side could see rival clubs with bigger resources moving for his players.He said: “Our squad is very young with an average age of 20 so whatever we achieve this season should be seen as the foundation for next year, the season after or even five seasons on because we are young enough.

“At the moment we are vulnerable to predators, and the club should be looking to protect its future on the pitch. “I am currently in the process of formulating plans to submit to the board in regards to this. “If we get more people into the ground my plans are viable and I would expect the club to pass them.”Millard has brought in quality players like James Suarez and Aaron Parfitt in recent weeks.And he believes the spirit at the club is one of the reasons for their current success.He said: “The team spirit is excellent and you can see the boys enjoy being together. “The lads are not just team-mates, but friends which is great from my point of view because normally friends are prepared to go the extra mile for each other.” But Millard is not taking Town’s current form for granted. He said: “Confidence is such a fragile commodity.

“We are in a good run of form, but it takes just one player to stop doing the job he’s been doing over the past few months and to start thinking we have done this or that and our confidence is shattered.“The most pleasing thing about this run has been the fact we have not conceded which makes winning games a lot easier. “But to rest on our laurels would be the biggest mistake we can make at this stage of the season.”Millard added: “Realistically it is unlikely that we will catch Hungerford, but it’s not impossible and while there is a chance we will try to put as much pressure on them as possible.“Shortwood remain, with their games in hand, the biggest threat to Hungerford winning the league. “With the exception of Witney we have to face all the other sides in the top eight at least once.

“To a degree our league position is somewhat false because Almondsbury and Chalfont Wasps do have a couple of games in hand on us which I would expect them to win. “Our aim is to take each game as it comes and hopefully come May we will be among the front-runners.” Town are enjoying their best season for many years, proving that the switch from the Combined Counties to the Hellenic was the right one.Millard said: “The squad is strong and arguably the strongest I’ve had at the club but we have always been a difficult team to play against. “Clubs in the Combined Counties and now the Hellenic never enjoying playing against Reading Town because they know that on our day we have always been capable of beating anyone. “The majority of my time in charge of the club has been spent in the top 10 of whichever league we’ve been in. “I don’t think we are given enough credit. I’m not one for standing on roof-tops singing our praises.

“People love to knock us which we take on the chin, yet we continue to produce competitive sides who play the game the right way. “I remind people that in seven years in charge of this club I have never been given the resources to win a league, so I am extremely proud of my record. “We have only lost 12 league games in the whole of 2008 which is a tremendous effort by everyone at the club and I just hope we can continue this in 2009.”Town take a break from league action on Saturday as they entertain Headington Amateurs in the Supplementary Cup (3pm).
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Post  BRAMLEY on Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:32 am

Good posting from Colin.
Team spirit is certainly the key to the improvement throughout this season.
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