The vagaries of the English weather have once again prevented us from playing and what was initially a mere irritation is now fast becoming a major problem for us at Biggleswade United.
Tuesday night’s scheduled match against St Margaretsbury was called off, because the pitch was deemed unplayable as was the Crawley Green game that we were supposed to play over the weekend.
Not counting any cup matches, we now find ourselves facing 22 league games between now and April 29 which is when the season officially finishes. To add insult to injury, our home match next week against Broxbourne Borough has been postponed because our opponent’s youth side are in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup against Aston Villa.
The league has decreed that the first team players should be allowed to go along and cheer the youngsters on in the biggest match in the club’s history, something we would wholeheartedly agree with had they, in the spirit of mutual co-operation, helped our growing fixture log jam by acceding to our request to play the match the evening before on the Friday.
Apparently Broxbourne have told the league that isn’t possible and so while wishing the club’s youngsters all the luck in the world, I have to say I am not impressed with the club’s interpretation of the notion of ‘mutual co-operation’.
Aside from the extraordinary level of commitment, as well as the strength in depth, required to fulfil such a programme, what it does show us once again just how vital from every aspect (community, skill, safety, consistency, regularity) a 3G pitch is for everyone in the area and I will not rest until we have, at the very least, access to such a facility.
We are also delighted to announce that our sports mad, marathon running, (perhaps he can give Cristian a few tips), sitting Member of Parliament, Alistair Burt has agreed to join us on the board as Vice President.
Alistair has a love of football at all levels, but particularly at grass roots. He will bring to the club a wealth of experience in public service and community engagement and his long term vision for the community of Biggleswade will be vital in our development. Welcome aboard Alistair.
In the mean time we visit Berkhamsted this Saturday, 3pm KO. Victory will see us leap frog them in the table, before we really find out what we’re made of when we visit league leaders, London Colney on Tuesday night (k.o 7.45pm).
See you there.