Four wins on the bounce and with our poor form either side of the New Year now a distant memory, things are looking up at Second Meadow.
The side is unrecognisable from the one that lost twice either side of the New Year including the first game of 2017 at home against Leighton Town. We now sit eighth in the table and look to start reeling in those above us who have, to date, played between one and six games more that us this stage of the season.
While on many occasions this season we have started slowly before actually imposing ourselves on the game in the latter stages, against Broxbourne it was the complete opposite with a scintillating first half display followed by a second period where we seemed to coast towards the final whistle.
Football is a strange game. Forget the last match, In truth you are frequently only ever perceived to be as good as your last half hour – or even less – and in the eyes of the fans, playing a bad first 45 minutes before coming out all guns blazing to win in the second period is somehow more acceptable than winning the other way around.
This isn’t a criticism – far from it – but merely an observation of just about every football fan in the world from every club from Arsenal to Zaragoza.
What is important is that since the end of year blip we have regained our winning mentality by concentrating on the minor details and the basics and combining that with hard work and commitment from everyone at the club.
Football is not just played on the pitch but also in the mind. Winning and losing are contagious in equal measure – ask Leicester City.
But it’s obviously more than that. You need the players and you need the infrastructure and a sound base from which to work and we are constantly looking to improve everything concerning the club both on and off the pitch.
On the player front I am absolutely thrilled to have secured the service of Norwegian striker, Simen Moller who will be with us for a couple of months from March, not just because with 40 goals in his last 58 games in Norway’s second division, this is clearly a man who knows where the goal is, but for what he can bring to the rest of our players and how he can help us to galvanise that winning mentality.
As part of that infrastructure we are blessed with a fine team of physio’s, namely Ikera Williams, Flo Morris and Joe Pratt who are constantly in touch with each other with reports on all the players’ fitness and injuries and who are available for ALL our players from ALL of our sides. Their contribution to the club is immeasurable and I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work, effort and professionalism.
Tomorrow (Sat)we face a real litmus test as to just where we are at the moment when we visit second placed Hertford (k.o 3pm) who have lost just twice in 28 league games this season. Then on Tuesday we welcome London Tigers to Second Meadow (k.o 7.45pm).
See you there.