THERE were no complaints from Elmore manager Pete Buckingham after watching his side earn a hard-fought draw against Westbury United on Saturday thanks to Matt Harvey's late equaliser.
The Eagles went behind with only a few minutes left to play after Danny Tapp inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net from a cross.
But the hosts showed great spirit to fight back in search of an equaliser, and it came thanks to Harvey's fourth goal in five games.
And Buckingham later revealed that he felt sides were upping their game these days when they came to visit Horsdon Park.
"It was a game of two defences and a very hot day too. We were also missing a handful of players so it was difficult," he said.
"I'm not making excuses though – it was an even encounter. Westbury were a very hard-working side and they did just that.
"Our pitch is looking mint at the moment – it is like a putting green – and I think that when teams come here and see that it gives them a lift.
"Westbury were full of it and played with lots of confidence."
Buckingham has been forced to contend with a large number of absentees recently, as well as the departure of former joint-manager Ryan German.
And the former Cullompton Rangers boss admits he is looking forward to a return to normality in the coming weeks.
"All I am looking for is some stability. With Ryan leaving and some players moving on too, I just want to limp through the next couple of weeks hopefully with a win or two under our belts," he said.
"If we can get over the next few weeks, I am confident that we can start climbing up the table."