Seven games unbeaten now and we are now really beginning to show that as well as having quality players we also have strength in depth.
It was never going to be an easy night’s work on a sloping pitch at Crawley Green and coach, Cristian Colás rang the changes by drafting in some of the Under 23 players for some first team experience in this Spartan League Challenge Trophy game.
And I am delighted to say that those called in to do a job stepped up to the plate magnificently as we negotiated our way into the last 16 of the competition.
Special mention to Khy Cyrus making his first team debut on the left wing after some impressive displays with the under 23s and also to right back Giorgio Cammarano as well as goalkeeper, Robbie Ponting whose confidence seems to be growing with every game.
It was also wonderful to see Liam Sweeney who plays for both the under 23s and the first team and is looking stronger than ever.
We had to make changes when Martin Russell was forced to go off with a dead leg and it was great to see Paul Donald stepping into the breach in the centre of the defence to such good effect and where he played with Andy Stadnyk, also from our second side.
Antonio Mitri capped off a wonderful performance with a superb goal to put us ahead three minutes into the second half and the win was secured near the end with a goal from Sergio Urbano.
Antonio, unfortunately, begins a three match suspension tomorrow and it will also be Sergio Urbano’s last match with us, at least for the time being, before he returns to Spain.
It has been truly wonderful to have Sergio with us these past few months and his experience, influence and guidance has been an inspiration to us all. I know he is heartbroken to be leaving us and I just hope he will come back and see us again as soon as possible.
Berkhamsted, who are riding high in second place in the table at present, will be our guests tomorrow (Sat 3pm). So far they have lost just two out of 11 league games and could potentially provide us with our sternest test of the league season so far.
We are currently in eighth place but with games in hand over every club currently above us except Hertford. If we win all of them we will be in the mix near the top of the table and victory tomorrow will not just set us on the right path but also serve as a pointer as to just how much we have progressed this season.
I’ve managed to delegate my Sky Sports La Liga duties to Phil Neville for the day so I will definitely be there.
Why not join me?
See you there.