As always, it seems, there is a combination of good news and bad news about life at Biggleswade United.

I always thought that our trip to Southall in the League Challenge Trophy was going to be much harder than it might have looked on paper and so it proved. Southall may well play a league below us but they are not in the last 32 of the FA Vase – the lowest ranked side still left in the tournament – for no reason.

They were well deserving of their 3-0 win and so now we dust ourselves down and move on to the good news which is that two of our under 12 players have been called up for trials for Luton Town.

This is wonderful news and while it’s still early days for our academy, the signs are that people are beginning to listen to us and see what we are trying to build here at the club.

I have always maintained that our strength, the difference that will eventually bear fruit, is something that will manifest itself on the training ground with the strength in depth we have with our coaching staff. That is why we need to maintain a three days a week training schedule unlike the two nights a week practised by most clubs. It will in the medium to long term set us apart; it will make us better.

Off the pitch a new look web page is about to hit your computer screens, the result of months of work  from a number of passionate volunteers without whose help the club could not survive.

We are also now looking to get some of the members of our younger sides involved in the volunteering aspect of running a football club and I plan to be writing to our Under 15 side to see if they would like to help us to manage a match day as volunteers and see what is involved the other side of the whitewash.

We also have a business team and other volunteers eagerly looking to find new sponsorship for us at the club, not to mention those involved in pushing the Biggleswade United name on all the usual social network sites.

We are always looking for new ideas and new ways of improving our product so we can attract more people to watch our games and grow with us.

Back to football matters and tomorrow we welcome free scoring Tring Athletic who hit Leverstock Green for six in their last league game and are also still flying the Spartan League flag  in the last 32 of the FA Vase. It won’t be easy, but should be fun.

See you there.