CITY fan favourite Craig Jones has revealed his hope the side will maintain the spirit which sees them celebrate Christmas in the top two of the Midland Premier Division.
‘Jonah’ was at the helm on Saturday (December 18) as City went into the league’s winter break with a 2-1 over fellow promotion chasers Lichfield City in front of more than 500 fans at Claines Lane.
The centre-half returned to the touchline in the absence of City manager Tim Harris who was forced to isolate after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid.
While Harris picked the team from home, Jones and the management team were thrust into the limelight as City looked to round off 2021 in style.
Goals from Billy Shaw and Jamie Douglas sealed another game unbeaten for a City who have not lost since October, a run which has propelled them to second in the table.
The win gives the club 36 points from 18 games, giving a two point average per game in the league for the first time in some 40 years.
“The result was a good one for us, the performance wasn’t quite what we wanted but we ground it out and found a way to win and the three points which is the most important thing,” Jones said.
“We wanted them to them play their own game, conditions here are quite difficult and the surface is not the best for us to play our football on but it’s important we recognise the talent in our dressing room and we can play on these sort of pitches.
“We didn’t play down the importance of the game and glad the team found a way to win the game and put four points between us.”
City return to action against Walsall Wood on January 3 and Jones said the aim for the second half of the campaign remained the same – to take each game as it comes and pick up as many points as possible.
“Mood is good in the dressing room, we’re winning games so it should be. We need to keep our standards high and our feet on the ground and doing the things which have got us this far,” he said.
“We’ve got some good competition for places but there is a good spirit in there and I think we looked comfortable despite Lichfield making it 2-1 from the spot in added on time at the end.
Jones has been given an early Christmas present regarding his comeback from an ankle injury with a potential return to training pencilled in for late January.