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Captainís Log
*In a new fortnightly website column, skipper Darren Carter shares his thoughts*
PUBLISHED: 10th Aug 17

Welcome to our new regular column from The Moors skipper Darren Carter. In the first entry of the Captainís Log, Carts talks about kicking off the new season and his pride at wearing the armband of his hometown club.

Firstly, I must say it is an honour and a privilege to be named captain of the Moors and to be leading the team out for the forthcoming campaign. I try to naturally lead in the way I prepare and play and I hope this has a positive effect on the squad. We have got a very good group and the lads make it easy for me to captain them. I guess I'm the veteran now and I'll do my best to relay all my experience to not only help the lads but also the club.

I have been fortunate to learn from some great captains in my career Ė including Kenny Cunningham at Birmingham City and Paul Robinson at West Bromwich Albion - and I have been privileged to play with some very good players and for managers like Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson, and I have taken on board pieces from each one of them.

From day one of pre-season there has been a great spirit and togetherness, we have good characters in the dressing room. I've been in the game long enough to know that even if you have a great pre-season it doesn't have any bearing when the real ball comes out and points are up for grabs. But we can take confidence from it.

We were ultimately disappointed to lose the first game of the season against Leyton Orient. We came up against a good team who should not really be down at this level, and they are a strong team with huge experience. We felt we did not perform at the level we are capable of, and we know we can up our game and play better. The goals conceded were preventable and we are clear what we need to work on in training.

There are a lot of matches coming up, they come thick and fast, and the lads want to go and put it right straight away. We have a few things we can take away from Orient and we want to go forward to Boreham Wood and get a positive result Ė the weekend cannot come quick enough for us.

This league can be relentless but as a player you relish it. We would rather be playing football matches but you have to factor in recovery and preparation time for the next game. It takes a lot of dedication.

I have every sympathy for both our fans and Chesterís supporters that last Saturdayís game had to be postponed. The squad was fully prepared for that first day of the season but you have to move on. We used the morning to have a productive training session and hopefully the issues are sorted for Barrow next week and we will finally have the chance to get up and running in front of our own fans.

Thank you once again for your continued support and we look forward to putting in a performance for you all next week.


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