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Cheltenham victory tops a fine weekend for Ben House

19 April 2022

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After netting his first City goal on Good Friday against Portsmouth, Ben House backed up his successful outing with his first start on Easter Monday in front of a home crowd at the LNER Stadium.

Ben’s versatility saw him complete his first 90 minutes for the club in central midfield, a role he excelled in despite his lack of experience.

He said: “I only found out I was playing there about an hour-and-a-half before kick-off, you don’t get told until then. I was surprised, much like everyone else probably, but I think I took it well and did alright.

“I’ve never played there before; I know that I can, but I’ve never done it. I’ve been doing it in training because of the numbers we have up top but that’s really they only experience I’ve had.”

Since his arrival in January, playing time has been limited for the former Eastleigh-man as he became accustomed to life in Lincolnshire and Sky Bet League One. Ben admits he had to be patient, but that he earned his opportunity through his hard work.

He added: “It’s been a big transition and move for me personally. The football is so quick with much faster and more technical players so it’s tough, even in training every day, but it makes you a better player. I’m still only 22 and I’m still learning my trade in this game.

“I had to be patient, I knew I wouldn’t be coming straight in and starting so I’ve been working hard and thankfully the gaffer had a bit of trust in me after Pompey and he put me in.

“The staff have been speaking to me and telling me I was doing everything right and that I needed to keep that up because my chance will come. Thankfully it did and I’m delighted I’ve been able to get my first goal for the club and my first start in one weekend.”

Ben and City will return to the LNER Stadium on Saturday April 30 for the final game of the season against Crewe. The supporter-voted Player of the Season Award will also be announced on the pitch after full-time; tickets are still available for the event and can be purchased HERE.

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