Date: 5th October 2010 at 8:57am
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What a difference a week makes. This time last week ahead of Wrexham and Newport County aka Wales Week, the Mariners were licking their wounds. Woods a man under pressure after draws against bottom club Altrincham and a snore draw at Gateshead shuffled the pack.

Give him his due, four decisions from the gaffer have sparked this change in form as the Mariners have bagged braces in their last three games. Two were of course imports; Carlton creates disharmony up front whilst Wright disrupts and builds from a holding midfield roll. Both have undoubtedly played their part to help build up much needed confidence in the Conference

But the real fire in the hold has been the return of Eagle to left back and Peter Bore to wide midfield come wingers. Both give us stability on the counter; Eagle`s card count is testament to that, which has seen less embarrassing moments for a defence decidedly lacking in pace. In all other areas it is quite superb it must be added – a tribute to Woods.

The real joy to behold with Eagle and Bore is that they give us options. Both are as eager to run with the ball as they are to get to the line for a cross or even snapshot. Bore got a vital goal at Altrincham that Woods is unlikely to forget in a hurry and looks back to his best. Eagle meanwhile is supplying set piece service consistency we have been crying out for these last few seasons.

So it could be three on the bounce and a chance to go into the play offs then? And with the Forest Green away match televised ( channel 433 or McMenemey`s) things are looking up. As for Neil Woods at least a favourable wind in his sails has replaced that gale force 9.