WHAT a week to be a Wanderers fan as the good news positively flowed from the UniBol!

With the stadium contributing to the magnificent vaccination rollout in the UK, we had the appointment of two significant behind the scenes staff, boxing and darts business for the hotel and the stadium and the brilliant comeback win at Mansfield.

Things were definitely on the up as we sent the team to Roots Hall to face the Shrimpers, a place where a lot of Wanderers fans are still dining out after Mark Beevers' late winner in our last promotion season in April 2017.

It looked like Southend are still having problems with groundsmen as the pitch looked worse than Mansfield’s the other night.

Ian Evatt made one change, bringing back Nathan Delfouneso and had the luxury of probably his strongest bench of the season.

The match turned out to be a hard-fought nil-classico with a happy ending as Shaun Miller gratefully accepted their goalkeeper’s gift to score the only goal.

This match was won from defence, with all our players contributing to that and from the bench, where the fresh legs kept us going.

There are going to be matches like this where we have to dig in and get a result. In all probability, most matches will be like this at the business end of the season as all teams have something to play for and there will not be any 'easy' matches.

Every point has to be fought for and it does not matter how we get them.

We welcome to the Wanderers family, Chris Markham as the technical performance director and Scott Lindsay as the chief financial officer to the Wanderers family.

As Sharon Brittan said, both share the Wanderers' long-term vision and sense of One Club, One Community, One Town.

This is so important as we are re-establishing our identity and reputation. It is also clear evidence that we have a long-term strategy and future in place, as we recover from the depths of the dark age of winding up orders, food banks, unpaid bills and wages and not knowing if we would have a team to support from week to week.

It might not seem much to most observers, but I am eternally grateful that we have made such progress after those horrible, traumatic times and that I have still got my beloved Wanderers to support.