It’s good news and bad news for us at Biggleswade United this week although we certainly seem to have hit the floor running as we start the competitive part of the 2016-17 season.
Unfortunately the sad news that Nyasha Sagwete suffered a fractured ankle setting up the first of our two goals against Hadley FC takes the gloss of the two victories in a row that we have enjoyed at the start of what we all hope will be an excellent season for everyone at the club both on and off the pitch.
Get well soon Nash; everyone at the club wishes you a swift and speedy recovery.
The 2-0 win against Hadley in our league opener came on the back of victory against Newport Pagnell Town in the opening round of the Emirates FA Cup.
There isn’t a country in the world that has a competition as inspiring and potentially dream-filled as the English FA Cup and to say I love it with an unbridled passion is something of an understatement.
To give you some idea of just how much I feel for the tournament, I interrupted my holidays on the Costa Brava to fly back to England for the game before reclaiming my place on the beach.
I wouldn’t have missed it for the world and, work permitting, now look forward to the next hurdle we will be facing when we travel to Aylesbury United on Sunday August 21st for the next round.
We were originally down to play London Tigers at home so obviously that match will now have to be re-arranged.
Saturday’s match was a tense affair played in hot, sticky conditions with both teams forced to make changes because of the holiday commitments of some of their players.
In the end it was decided by new boy Sergio Urbano whose excellent lob was ultimately what separated the two sides.
Sergio has been a revelation since he arrived in England from Mataro just outside Barcelona. A former Espanyol and Barcelona player who has played for the Barcelona B side under the tutelage of a certain Pep Guardiola, has come to England to try to build a new life for himself and his wife and young family and we are delighted to be the club he has chosen to try to get his working life and footballing career back on track.
I predict that this attacking midfielder who plays just behind the strikers, Josh Sturniolo, Scott Batchelor and Charlie Black, will scare the life out of defences this season and another fine 75th minute strike against Hadley on the back of Sturniolo’s opener guaranteed a 2-0 win in our league campaign opener.
And to make it even sweeter, a second clean sheet in a row.
It’s great to be back for a new season that we go into with high hopes. Next in town are newly promoted Edgware Town who visit us tomorrow (Sat) kick off 3.00pm. See you there.