Joe Romanski kept a clean sheet on his debut for Bath City in his first game out on-loan with the Romans.
The young defender played a full game for the Romans – his first set of first-team minutes since Swindon played Colchester back in November.
“It was nice to play again – the style was sort of what I expected: rough, compared to League Two. There was a lot of players really willing to get stuck in but that’s what I need so it was a good learning curve.
“It’s always the objective to be nice and solid and to keep a clean sheet and I think I was.”
It can be an awkward time for young players outside of the first-team picture when not out on-loan so Romanski was pleased with the opportunity to get back into competitive football.
“I’ve obviously been keeping myself fit in the gym and doing the extra work required but you can’t become a better footballer without playing games. That was the best part and it was nice to blow the cobwebs out.”
The aptly-named Romans compete in National League South so the comfort the County Ground has well and truly been left behind but his new team-mates have given the 18-year-old a warm welcome.
“The pitch wasn’t as good as the County Ground which obviously effects the style of football – as a game, it was quick, aggressive but it was still similar to League Two overall.
“I trained with the team for the first time on the Thursday before the game and they’re a good bunch of lads – they made me feel really welcome. I didn’t feel out of place by Saturday even though it was my debut.”