FA Vase replay commitments – regrettably not ours – did at least give us a free week for training without the distraction of a midweek game and it was probably a blessing in disguise.
It gave us the chance to go back to basics on such things as positioning, our use of possession, how to get into the box quicker, plus helping us to regain that little bit of mental freshness that sometimes the routine of two games, week in, week out can take from you.
Sometimes when you hit upon a winning run as we had done, complacency can set in especially if you begin to think victory inevitably follows the mere act of pulling on the shirt; it doesn’t.
The week, if nothing else, it will help to remind all of us that training is still very much an essential part of what we do and without it we are a lesser team.
Talking about training, we are still very much on the lookout for coaches at the club including one for the Under 8s and an assistant coach for the under 23s.
And on the subject of the under 23s we are under no illusion that it is a very difficult group because not unnaturally many players that play in it aspire very much to being part of the first team set up.
But it is also crucial and fundamentally part and parcel of the process we set such store by at this club which is as a development side that will often be fed by youngsters graduating from our under 18s to test their level.
Many of those who play for the under 23s will indeed make it into the first team squad. Last season about eight or nine players made it there precisely by this route and long may it continue.
Logically, not everyone that is in the under 23s will make it into the first team but they are all an essential part of the process that will help the whole of this club become better and more competitive.
My one real wish is that the first team and under 23s could kick off at different times so we could then see both sides much more often but infortunately that is not possible with the way the leagues are timetabled.
Results to date may indicate that we haven’t quite clicked yet but performances tell us that we are certainly heading in the right direction. Joan Garzon is performing miracles with the side and I am absolutely convinced that he and his team will get there.
Behind the scenes we are now also looking at the possibility of organising in the near future football trips to Spain for our Academy sides with a trip to Valencia for our Under 16 girls already in place for next February.
Back to the playing side and despite losing to Yaxley in last Saturday’s FA Vase match we still find ourselves going to Wembley tomorrow – not the stadium however, but rather to Vale Farm the home of our next opponents when we return to league business. Kick off is at 3pm
See you there