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Lancashire - It Was A Mad Opening Day!

Skipper Gives His Thoughts On Macclesfield Win

5 August 2018

Olly Lancashire felt that Town were more than worthy winners after seeing off Macclesfield in dramatic fashion on the opening day of the new Sky Bet League Two season.

Koby Arthur's brace looked to have spoilt the party at The Energy Check County Ground, but Michael Doughty tucked away two stoppage time penalties to complete his hat-trick and get the new season off to a winning and thrilling start.

And Lancashire, who also enjoyed a good afternoon on a personal note, felt there were plenty of positives to take from his side's home opener. 

"It was a mad opening day," he told swindontownfc.co.uk exclusively.

"First-half we did really well and we were probably unfortunate not to go in with a lead at the break.

"We then gave away two sloppy goals which, to be fair, we can easily sort them out because they were individual errors.

"The character of the lads shone through and to keep going right until the end with Doughts (Michael Doughty) getting a hat-trick on his return, everyone is buzzing.

"It was a mad five, ten minutes at the end. I thought Jak (McCourt) was going to score and then he's whipped one onto the crossbar.

"We then had the two blatant penalties and it was more or less relief to get the three points because I thought we deserved it.

"I thought we played really well in the first-half but we just need to be more ruthless and go for teams straightaway because we can create chances, it is just putting the ball in the back of the net.

"There were a lot of positives to take from the first game, a lot of lads got 90 minutes and it is a positive start."

And Lancashire was also thrilled that he managed to get a full 90-minutes under his belt after overcoming his recent injury struggles.

"I was just delighted to be out there," he added.

"It is still touch and go because I only played 65-minutes against Swindon Supermarine, so to play 90 minutes on Saturday I'm delighted with that.

"I'm just happy to be out there and happy to get the three points.

"If someone would have said at the end of last season that myself and Dion Conroy would start the first game together and both come through it, then we would have taken it.

"It is positive signs and hopefully we can stay together for a long time."


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