James Bent talked to the Yeovil Town Clubcall Service on Monday 15th January 2001, three days after he scored the winner against Bath City in the FA Trophy Third Round 2-1 win.
Clubcall: Joining us now is James Bent. James, first of all the news that Yeovil have been drawn away to Emley of the Unibond League in the FA Umbro Trophy. How do the players feel about that?
James Bent: It's a long trip up to Yorkshire. I haven't really seen any of the players since the draw as we didn't have training today. But I think everyone was hoping for a home tie. Instead we've got a long trip away. We've just got to go up there and win.
CC: They actually play on a Rugby League ground at Wakefield Trinity, so that will be interesting won't it?
JB: Yes, we've got Leigh RMI in our league and they play on a Rugby League ground as well - that's where my dad's from.
CC: What about Saturday? It was a hard fought match against Bath but good to get the win in the end.
JB: Yes I was really pleased to get on in the end and to get the goal. I thought that Bath were better than us in the first half. But the gaffer had a couple of words to say at half time and the boys gave a better performance in the second half.
CC: You came back with two quick goals. You got the winner so tell us about that one.
JB: I was just in the right place at the right time. Ben Smith went down the left and got to the by-line, chipped it in to the far post and I was standing there to nod it in. It was my first goal since September, so I was quite happy.
CC: There was a big crowd there and a good atmosphere on Saturday.
JB: Yes, the crowds are getting better every week now. We were disappointed in the run up to Christmas, because we were doing so well, that we didn't get over the 3,000 mark. But then against Forest Green we had around 4,500 and now with 3,500 for Bath City we're really happy. The atmosphere has been great.
CC: Of course a lot of Conference sides were knocked out of the FA Trophy on Saturday which really makes it all wide open doesn't it?
JB: Yes, I think we've been installed as favourites because we are top of the league, so I think we've got every chance of winning it and maybe looking forward to a day out at Villa Park in May.
CC: That would be a great incentive wouldn't it?
JB: Oh yeah, I don't think many of the players have played there. I think Warren has played there, but I haven't ever even been there to watch a game so it would be nice. I went up to Bolton last week and that was a really nice ground and it would be great to play at another one.
CC: So what about yourself - do you think that goal might signal a nice run for you?
JB: Well lets hope so. I've been really disappointed about being dropped by Dave Webb the old manager. I haven't had a look-in since. I just hope I might get a chance now. But fair play to all the boys - they've been winning, so you can't really change the team. Andy Lindegaard has been doing alright on the right hand side and I'm not going to move Bazza or Wazza up front. So I've just got to wait for my turn and make sure I take it.
CC: Well done and good luck in the Trophy. But also good luck in the league - you're very nicely placed.
JB: Yes, we're looking forward to it. We've got a good chance of winning it now - a few points clear and a few games in hand. We're not going to say anything big in terms of predictions, but all I'd say is that it's a great chance of winning it.
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