Paul Joynes isn’t getting carried away despite winning his second game in charge of Waltham Abbey against high-flyers Cray Wanderers.

The Abbotts’ resilient 2-1 win after going behind lifted them off the bottom of the Ryman North and to within a point off Heybridge Swifts outside the relegation zone.




Christian Assombalonga cancelled out Grant Bassey’s first half penalty and Rimmel Daniel completed the comeback with the winner minutes later.

Joynes said his side deserved the win but knows there is plenty more hard work to do.

“A result against a side of that quality, a good footballing side, we had to dig really deep to get there.

“In the second half we were excellent. It’s a good feeling but we know it’s very early days in terms of what we’ve got to achieve which is staying up.

“We stuck to the way we want to play and worked hard and I think we just about deserved it in the end.”

The Wands travelled up to Capershotts as the league’s most potent attack, having scored 66 goals in the hunt for promotion. Abbey, on the other hand, came into the game with the 13th best defensive record, not something usually associated with a team battling at the wrong end of the table.

Another solid rearguard display limited Wanderers to just a penalty and Joynes added the half-time message was to improve the decision-making in the final third.

“The first ten minutes we were under the cosh and couldn’t get near them, but then we got a bit of a foothold and managed to gain a bit of ground and finished off the first half quite strongly.

“Even though we were one nil down, I said to them at half-time bar the penalty, our goalkeeper’s had to make one other save and we’ve had some chances and not taken them.

“Our decision-making in the final third was letting us down and if we sorted that we would get some goals. In the second half, we told them about being better in the final third, getting closer to them. They’re good if you let them play, but they took it on board and that’s all you can ask for.”

Thurrock are the visitors on Tuesday, but the newly appointed boss isn’t pinning his hopes just on getting the home form right to keep Abbey up, having secured the first three points at Capershotts this season.

“No we can’t just put it on that because we’ve got seventeen games and we need to get as many points as we can,” said Joynes.

“Obviously, you would like to make your home ground a fortress because if you’re winning at home it attracts the local community to come and watch.

“We have been quite resilient with a few draws at home but it’s about scoring goals and surprise surprise, two games with two goals and we’ve got two wins.”

Source: Waltham Abbey FC


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