Jones pleased with point despite seeing lead slip
CLIVE Jones insists he was happy to take a point at home to Odd Down, despite holding a two-goal cushion until mid-way through the second half.
Goals from Khaled Badavi and the returning Dean Stamp – back at Silver Street after a short spell at Taunton Town – propelled Rovers into the lead after a sharp first-half performance.
But the visitors imposed themselves more and more as the game wore on with Willand struggling to defend their lead, and two goals in the space of four minutes saw both sides end the match with a share of the spoils.
Jones conceded that his players had faded as the game went on, but said a point still represented a solid return against a side he felt were the best they had faced so far in the current campaign.
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"I thought we played very well. If you had offered me a draw before kick-off then I would have taken your hand off for it," said Jones.
"We were in a strong position but we could not quite kill the game off and we faded a bit and they came back into it.
"They are by far the best side we have faced this season and if I had to be honest it was a fair result.
"We tired as the game wore on. We are so short of numbers at the moment that we just did not have the quality off the bench that they did."
The draw means Willand's campaign continues to improve after a poor start which saw them lose their first five competitive games.
Jones' men are now unbeaten in three matches, with the point against Odd Down following back-to-back victories over Barnstaple Town and Radstock Town.
Jones is also set to have defenders Simon Hill, Dan Kenyon and Lloyd Beech back in the fold soon, and the long-serving boss feels their return will boost the team's prospects.
"We are going in the right direction again. We were poor early doors but we are playing much better now," Jones explained.
"We are starting to get players back, which is very useful because it means I can start picking the team and the team is not picking itself.
"We have Simon Hill, Dan Kenyon and Lloyd Beech all coming back soon so it will be nice to have some more numbers for our next match."