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A season-defining win

Bromley victory huge, says Rawlinson

4 January 2020

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Matchwinner Connell Rawlinson feels our victory against Bromley at Meadow Lane could be one that shapes the remainder of our 2019-20 campaign.

The centre back popped up with his first goal for the club 20 minutes from time to send us fifth in the Vanarama National League.

And, speaking after the final whistle, Rawlinson expressed how important he felt the result might be.

“That could be season defining,” said the matchwinner. “If we’d lost we might start losing ground on teams at the top.

“It was a massive game and we’ve come through it by battling once again.

“We’re all good footballers and we know the quality is there, but what’s more pleasing is the way we battle and win matches by sheer determination.

“We’ve got to keep earning the right to play football. There are 11 players on the pitch and if eight or nine win their individual battles we’ll go on to record victory.”

Rawlinson was pleased to open his Notts account with a goal that meant a lot to him.

“I’ve got two nans that passed away and I dedicated it to them,” he revealed.

“I always say a prayer before the game to keep us safe and give us an opportunity to win, so I was really happy to get my first goal for Notts County.

“They saw me grow up playing football so it’s a proud moment, especially to score at home in front of our fans.

“I managed to chip in and help the lads get the all-important three points so it was the perfect all-round performance.”

After speaking earlier in the week about the mentality needed for success in this division, Rawlinson explained how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the team.

“You have to put your life on the line to get three points because there are no easy games in this league,” he added.

“In any walk of life, all it takes is a bang to the head to shut your lights out so you’ve got to battle hard and be the guy that’s willing to die to win the match.”

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