A missed penalty and a fragility on set pieces were enough to cost us dear in a fine display against Welwyn Garden City on Wednesday night where we should have at the very least have come away with a point and probably all three.
Champions League duties meant I could not attend the game but following a long conversation with coach Cristian Colás after the game who informed me that this was as well as we have played all season both with and without the ball I am more than upbeat about the future.
After the game Cristian tweeted, “Lost three points but what a game. What a performance. Unbelievable. So proud of you. I’m convinced that’s the way.”
Two silly free kicks conceded led to two headed goals from Welwyn and ultimately decided the destination of the points but in no way tell the story of a match that saw us control matters for much of the proceedings.
Charlie Joy’s finish put us on terms after the first reversal and he had ample chance to put us back level in the 75th minute only for his penalty to be well saved.
That’s football and now hopefully we can all put this reversal behind us and make Tring Athletic pay for our bad luck when we visit them this Saturday for one of only two league games we have this month, a league incidentally, that seems to be one where anybody can get points off anybody else.
To date, there are only two teams – Welwyn Garden City being one of them, Hertford the other – that have not lost a game yet and I think it’s going to be an incredibly competitive league that will go to the wire.
We need to stand firm, resolute and faithful to our plan and I know that in the end we will prevail.
We certainly showed what we are capable of, this time with more success when we put Eastern Counties side Whitton United to the sword with a convincing 4-0 win in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.
Next up in the competition is Woodbridge Town who play in the same league as Whitton and who will visit Second Meadow on September 24, and as much as we are eyeing promotion, a strong run in this most wonderful of competitions would be absolutely fabulous.
But first things first with the visit to Tring tomorrow and a visit from Pitstone and Ivinghoe in the first round of the League Challenge Trophy on Tuesday night (7.45)
See you there.