Regular readers of this weekly rant will know that I have never – not for a sngle second – doubted that we have the skill, quality of coaching, and commercial backing  to build something really special here at Biggleswade United.

But football – the fickle mistress that it is – has a habit of asking all manner of different questions of everyone involved and events over the last couple of weeks have contrived to convince me that we are definitely heading in the right direction.

As I say, I always knew we had the players, but our last two cup matches have shown me that we now also have the strength in depth to put on a show against whoever we might draw in any competition.

Equally important, last Saturday’s league match against a second placed Berkhamsted proved beyond question that what we also possess in abundance those other fundamental qualities that are needed to guarantee long term success – heart, commitment, passion and pride.

Having taken an early lead against our higher placed opponents we played close on to 80 minutes with just ten men after central defender, Jordan Wright was sent off in the 14th minute for a professional foul.

Despite being under pressure for much of the game, a second goal scored by Nick Elliot guaranteed the points and we might even have scored a third  as Berkhamsted piled forward in their efforts to try to get something from the game.

On Tuesday no fewer than five players from the Under 23s lined up for a Bedfordshire County Cup match against Kempston Rovers who play one league above us in Division One Central of the Southern League and took their more highly ranked opponents all the way to a penalty shoot out before finally losing 7-6 on spot kicks.

Last Saturday’s match was tinged with sadness following the departure of Sergio Urbano who has left us to return to Spain to be re-united with his wife and young son.

His contribution to the team, both on and off the pitch, since he came here have been invaluable and I know how much he has enjoyed his stay with us. It was a pleasure to see him presented with a signed club shirt and everyone at the club wishes him all the very best for the future and a swift return to these shores.

Back to business and the small matter of the first round proper of the FA Vase which sees our neighbours Baldock Town make the short trip to Second Meadow tomorrow (Sat 3pm)

Baldock who play one division below in the Spartan League first division had been flying high in their campaign this season but visit us on the back of their first league defeat of the season.

They will however be no pushovers and more than up for what promises to be a great local cup tie and one which I will unfortunately miss due to a prior commitment that will see me talking all things football, including Biggleswade United, in Gibraltar.

Tuesday night sees Hoddesdon visit us in the Dudley Latham Memorial Cup.(k.o 7.45)

See you there.

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