Winger Jonathan Gould refusing to get carried away with Chasetown FC’s run of form

Jonathan Gould is refusing to get carried away despite Chasetown FC’s current run of good form.

Dave Stringer’s men beat Daventry Town 2-1 on Saturday to move into a play off place for the first time this season.

Jonathan Gould on the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

Jonathan Gould on the ball. Pic: Dave Birt

But Gould insists the players are not getting carried away.

“Obviously, it’s nice to be up there,” he said. “There is a good team spirit at the moment which was shown in both games at Loughborough and at the weekend against Daventry.

“We need to take each game as it comes while enjoying our football, but staying focused at the same time on the job in hand.”

Gould played a pivotal part in the opening goal at the weekend after his run and cross was converted by Nick Turton.

But the winger admits an instruction before the game helped him make the right decision.

“The manager had emphasised the importance of making up ground as quick as possible and being direct with the ball,” he said. “So when I received it, my first thoughts were attacking the full back. I wanted to beat him and get into the box.

“Once I got there, I wanted to get my shot away, but the centre back had come across and forced me to the byline. That meant I had to cut the ball back and fortunately Nick Turton had timed his run perfectly to finish it.”

The 23-year-old also gave praise to the manager for keeping faith with him despite a dip in form earlier in the season.

Gould said: “The gaffer has been great since he has come in.

“Even when I was struggling for form, he kept faith in me.

“His style of play is very much keeping the ball on the floor and making sure we are all enjoying our football. To be honest, that suits me down to the ground.

“I have played under three very good managers. All very different in their approach to the game.

“Unfortunately,¬†because of injuries I didn’t play as much as I would have liked under the previous regime – but I am making up for it now.”

Having started 21 games so far this season, Gould admitted he could not have imagined playing that amount of matches this time last year.

But the fans’ favourite said his focus is on the future.

Jono Gould slips between two players. Pic: Pamela Mullins

Jonathan Gould beats two markers. Pic: Dave Birt

“Since breaking into the first team, I have not been able to hold down a position for many different reasons, including injuries,” he said.

“Now I am playing so often, it’s brilliant for me. This time last year, I would never have seen myself playing as many games as I have.”

The Scholars have endured a rollercoaster season so far this season, finding themselves hovering above the bottom two before going on their run to the play-off spots.

And Gould admits he is delighted to see the supporters sticking with the team.

“Full credit to the fans,” he said. “I can imagine the start of the season would have been frustrating for them. Yet, they keep cheering us on – even if it’s a bad result.

“All the support is appreciated throughout the squad and on a personal level the fans have been great with me too.

“It’s nice to hear positive comments after a game.”