Our previous three fixtures over an eight day period have seen us pitted against 1st, 3rd and 5th placed sides in the league and it was always going to be a good yardstick by which to measure where we are currently.

Sad to report, therefore, than one point out of a possible nine is far below all of our expectations and, for that, we must all take our share of the blame.

Our performances have not been poor, as such, but could have been so much better. and while we are not exactly letting lots of goals in, an inability to make the most of our chances at the other end have cost us dear.

I hear the frustrations of the fans and I feel their pain particularly when it looks like we are seeing the re-surfacing of old familiar problems particularly in our opponents’ penalty area.

We have brought new players into the squad in an attempt to strengthen our squad but I am fully aware that we need to bring in even more if we are to become more competitive. Our failure to do so puts us in the dock but that said my overriding impression is that we can – no must – all do better because there is room for improvement everywhere we look. Solutions are at home.

I know that the coaches are doing a huge amount of work with the hours that they have available to them for training and I see a committed set of players. In truth, however, I would like a better attendance from players in training, because it is only by training and hard work that we will improve.

Obviously our chances of gaining promotion have been hit but we all need to be reminded that there will very probably be two teams promoted this year and that we still have 69 points to play for plus a couple of cup competitions.

Any notion that we can now ‘celebrate’ our end of season and Christmas party at the same time needs to be swiftly disabused. There is still much to play for and the way to get to where we want to be is by giving more, working harder. Progressing. Learning.

We need to remind ourselves that anyone can score, chances are created, and what we need above all is to play as a team everywhere, creating opportunites for everyone to score as well as the platform to prevent the opposition from doing so. We are doing most of it. We just need to convert those chances.

This Sunday sees an Academy day at the club, with games, competitions and general fun to which you are all cordially invited. Come along, take part and meet the coaches and those involved in running what is the very lifeblood of this club.

Come and talk to us about any problems, suggestions, or ideas that you might have and remember that this is your Academy as well and we want to know how you think we can make it the very best it can possibly be.

We have no league match this weekend because our scheduleded opponents Welwyn Garden City are involved in the FA Vase but travel to Bedford Town on Tuesday night for a Beds Senior Cup match (ko 7.45pm). Can we get to the next round of one of the two cups we are involved in?

See you there,