Saturday’s 3-1 win against Barrow at Plainmoor will hopefully act as a springboard for the first team. Goals from Sean McGinty, George Dowling, and Luke Young earned United their first win since beating Leyton Orient in late November.
Despite United’s lack of form before Saturday’s result, Young has been earning praise for his performances in centre midfield. His goal took him to five for the season so far.
“I think it was a good performance all round,” said Luke. “It was a game that we obviously knew we had to win to keep our hopes alive of avoiding the drop. It was a good result that we much needed.”
The Yellow Army and the Gaffer have singled Young out in recent weeks. His performances have not been unnoticed.
“I feel like I am playing well at the minute and in the past few games. There is a level of consistency that I try to reach. In some games your touch or passing isn’t there but I try to work just as hard. As long as you put in the effort and work rate you do well.”
Young has been aided in recent weeks by the introduction of Aaron Barnes into midfield. A defender by trade, Barnes produced another standout display on Saturday.
“He’s come into the side and fitted in well,” added Young
“He’s shows composure when he’s on the ball and he works hard and puts himself about. Everbody that has come into the team at the moment has done well. Hopefully we can kick on from Saturday and put in a good shift until the end of the season.”
Another player to help United’s cause on Saturday was forward Elliott Romain. Despite not getting on the score sheet Romain has added an extra dimension to United’s play.
“He’s a willing runner and he works hard. He’s got that natural instinct not to give anything up. If you put pressure on a lot of teams then they can make mistakes and he certainly pressures the opposition.
“It has helped having Brett [Williams] back as well. We can play it into them and we know their going to hold it up. We can also play it in behind too and they will chase things down. That can relieve pressure on the defence and allow us to get up the pitch and play our football.”
Young enjoyed scoring United’s third on Saturday. It was the culmination of some slick passing with the final ball coming from Michee Efete.
“It was a well-worked counter-attack. Everybody got forward in numbers and it just so happens it fell to me in the box and I’ve put it away. It was a great team goal and team performance.”
The team looked like it took on the responsibility of getting the Club our of relegation trouble on Saturday. There isn’t too much more room left for error in United’s season and Young is aware that the team has to embrace the situation it is in.
“It has got to, I think. It’s everybody’s jobs at the end of the day. Where do you go from the bottom of the National League? Everybody feels the responsibility to put in a performance on the pitch. We know the importance of it and hopefully we can dig in and take it game by game.”
All eyes point to Saturday’s match away to Maidenhead. United need to follow-up three points against Barrow with another positive result, aided as ever by the Yellow Army.
“Every away game is a tough one. They’re [Maidenhead] in mid-table so they’re having a good season having recently come up. They’re full of confidence but we’re looking to get back-to-back wins. Hopefully, we’re hitting form at just the right time.
“The fans spur us on. They have been with us for some tough times this season and before. Our home and away support is fantastic and as long as the fans see the lads working hard then that’s all that they can ask for, and that’s all the Gaffer asks for.”