The problem with going on a winning run is the further down the victory road you go the closer you get to it coming to an end because for some inexplicable reason you stop doing those things that have earned you victory.
And so it turned out when last Tuesday we came up comprehensively short at Harpenden Town , conceding three goals in the last 25 minutes, in the process bringing to an end our 12 match unbeaten run.
I kind of felt that in the last few weeks we have been riding our luck a bit and we have only really enjoyed a good 30 minutes or so per game which up to then had been sufficient to see us over the line.
But our luck ran out at Harpenden and now we need to wake up to the fact that if we want to get back to winning ways then we need to sustain our intensity for all, not part of games, and, specifically, maintain our shape and designated positions because that fundamentally is what has given us the edge against our opponents so often throughout our unbeaten run.
So it’s back to the drawing board, back to the training ground, and back to listening, learning and hopefully getting back on track.
On a more encouraging note Stuart Bimson took charge of the Under 23 side in the absence of Joan Garzon who was away but who will be as proud as punch with the sides’s victory particularly bearing in mind the fact that the team contained no fewer than three recruits from the under 18s.
Similarly there were three under 23 players in last Saturday’s first team squad which is precisely what we have always believed to be the way forward at this club with everybody helping everybody and young talented players making the logical progression through the ranks. Long may it continue.
Tuesday night’s defeat was hardly the best preparation we would have hoped for in advance of our vital FA Vase match against Yaxley tomorrow (Sat ko 3pm).
Nor have we been helped by the news that Claudio Ofuso who has been in such a rich vein of form will not be able to play for us in such an important match not because he is cup tied but because he is with us on a work experience arrangement and therefore ineligible to play in the competition.
Why?? You tell me, because other than ‘that’s what the rules say’, I’m blessed if I know. Better still, ask the FA, I’m sure they’ll have 1001 good reasons why we should not be allowed to play one of our most in form players for probably our most important match of the season merely because he is with us on work experience.
On second thoughts let’s just try to take it out on our opponents as we look to take one step closer to Wembley. Then with Claudio allowed back into the side, Colney Heath visit Second Meadow on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm) for a league match.
See you there