It was a huge disappointment to get knocked out of the FA Cup by Potton United so early, after a match when we created a host of chances but once again showed that we need to be more clinical.
We made mistakes that we need to be focusing on sooner rather than later if we are to be competitive this season. We need to understand how to cope with opponents better and how well we do this will demonstrate just how far we have progressed.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but perhaps at 1-1 we left ourselves far too open as we went for the win especially bearing in mind the fact we were playing against ten men. In the end we paid the price going down 1-2.
That said, to put it into perspective, our main priority this season is the league and we must be in a position to compete for it. A lot of teams are investing very heavily – certainly for this level of football – because this time around there is the possibility of more than one side being promoted at the end of the season.
But I never entered this level of football to take part in a money race, but rather to improve the level of coaching and it is interesting that many other clubs have followed suit. It’s a challenge I welcome; bring it on.
We now face two games in the league that should tell us a lot more, starting with our opening league fixture against Holmer Green tomorrow (Sat 3pm) before we travel to Stotfold on Tuesday (kick off 7.45pm) where our former coach, Mick Reardon is now in charge. It will be good to see him again.
Personally I think this is the best set of players we have had since my arrival at the club. That isn’t to say, of course, that we aren’t always looking at the possibility of improving it.
Two hard, competitive games before we have so much as kicked a league ball should stand us in good stead, not least because they help highlight any things that need to be worked on but in truth, the proof of the pudding should be there for all to see within a month.
As always we are trying to reinforce our Under 23 squad with a view to preparing for the same likelihood as occurred last year when we had five or six players come through the ranks into the first team. It is a rite of passage that we want to continue.
Similarly we are always on the look out for financial backers that can help us improve the clubs infrastructure, the club crest has now been painted onto the club stand and looks sensational and we are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of new Biggleswade United merchandise.
Onwards and upwards starting tomorrow (Sat) against Holmer Green.
See you there