After a great run, our last five games have seen us take just two league points out of a possible 12 and get eliminated from this year’s FA Vase.
And it isn’t good enough, not because we may have lost, or dropped points but rather because of the way we have allowed this situation to come about, how we have created this rod for our own backs.
In three out of the four league games – Harpenden apart – we have been in total control, taken the lead through some excellent goals, failed to kill the game off, and then inexplicably allowed our opponents back into the game.
We all fully understand and expect to be outplayed, outskilled and outclassed by certain opponents on certain days and in certain conditions. That is part of the journey, part of the process and can in the medium to long term give you a better understanding and help to make you better, stronger.
You can coach tactics, skills, set plays, plans, manoeuvres et al, but what you can’t teach is heart, courage and the ability to pick yourself after a reversal of fortune. We all make mistakes and we must all be prepared to roll our sleeves up and do whatever we can to get back on track.
It isn’t about mistakes, bad luck, poor decisions or any of the other vagaries that can damage your prospects of victory on any given day but rather how you deal with them when they occur that marks you as a side.
At the moment our reaction to adversity is to drop our heads, stare down at our boots and effectively hold our hands up. While we may well be beaten by a better side, being outfought, out-battled, out-hearted by opponents who – with the greatest of respect to them – I think we should be beating, is not an option
We need to be brave, not panic, dig in and show some resolve if we are to turn the corner and start to climb up the table which is where I believe we belong.
We have two more home games now that will hopefully put us back on track starting with London Tigers tomorrow (Sat ko 3pm) and then the following Saturday unbeaten league leaders, Berkhamsted call in.
We owe it to our fans to show them what we are made of and if we can win both of these games and particularly if we can inflict a first league defeat of the season on current leaders, Berkhamsted, I know we can kick start our season once again.
And there was also a little bit of history made during our midweek game against Colney Heath when our newly formed media team broadcast the second half live on our YouTube channel and plan to do the same for the whole game on Saturday.
See you there.