What a performance from our first team against table-toppers Tring Athletic who, until Tuesday night, had lost just once in the league all season.
It puts us up to fifth place in the table and extends our unbeaten league run to seven games with a return of 19 points from a possible 21.
But it wasn’t so much the victory but the way that it was achieved that was most pleasing.
The first half was all about controlling the game, but attacking when we had the opportunity to do so without leaving ourselves too open in the process. It was a waiting and holding game, honed and refined in training, and carried out to perfection in this game.
Our second goal, early in the second half, gave us the distance and breathing space to allow us to limit Tring’s chances and earn a comfortable win.
Tactical familiarity breeds confidence and a desire to have the ball. There wasn’t a single Biggleswade United player hiding out there and that is a tribute to the present and past coaching staff (Cristian Colás, Jimmy Martin and now Emilio Gutierrez) and the playing template that has been put in place, both with the type of players we want and the style that we want to play, and which is now reaping dividends.
There were five players in the line up that had been signed by Cristian and it was previous coach, Jimmy Martin who put together this squad and imbued it with an atmosphere of competitiveness and camaraderie, and the present incumbent, Emilio who picked up the baton from Jimmy and has more than risen to the challenge carrying on where he left off.
In fact the biggest compliment I can pay Emilio is to draw everyone’s attention to results since he stepped up to the plate, which indicate that the change of management has been absolutely seamless.
In the past it has occasionally felt like some victories came around more by accident than design. Not any more; we are now clearly a side that are in no doubt about what we have to do to be the best we can, to get the very best possible results and that is the reward for all the hard work, commitment and dedication showed by our coaching staff and our players, especially on the training ground.
There is now a healthy competition for places in the starting line up and every player should know – even those not currently making the starting XI – that if they are part of the first team squad they will have every chance of playing if they can show in training that they are ready and able to do so.
Behind the scenes I am touched by the large amount of volunteers that have come forward offering their help as the re-structuring at the club continues apace. And we are of course always looking for more volunteers even for such things as tweeting the scoreline and main action during games.
Make yourself known to someone at the club,; we will always be able to find you something to do.
We now look to try to extend our winning run when we visit London Colney tomorrow (Sat KO: 3pm).
See you there,