Mission accomplished last weekend when with a 2-0 win we saw off the challenge of Thrapston Town to earn a place in the FA Vase first round proper when Peterborough side Yaxley will visit Second Meadow on October 21.

While our performance never hit the heights of our North Beds Charity Cup win against Barton Rovers we once again secured victory and most pleasing of all kept a clean sheet for the fourth game in a row.

Such defensive solidity is never accidental or a matter of good fortune but rather all about proper coaching and application. What has been encouraging is how so many different players have been asked to put in a shift in defence and have, to a man, answered the call.

It is more impressive given the fact that much of how we play is reliant on a high pressure game where solid defensive cover, focus and concentration is absolutely essential and demanded of everyone wherever they play on the pitch.

Matt Cooper has taken like a duck to water to a central defensive position and he has helped us look far more creative when building from the back while the form of our goalkeepers has been very encouraging with Robbie Ponting making match winning saves and Reece Voller always showing himself to be more than a capable alternative when called into action.

Our developing side are currently struggling a bit to get results but I am confident that they will get there. While many teams use their second string sides to play out of form or back from injury first teamers we have always considered the Under 23s to be a development side with youngsters learning their trade, getting better and progressing, hopefully into the first team and there is nothing that will make us change our philosophy with this.

Now we need to put any thoughts of FA Vase success onto the back burner and concentrate on a strenuous programme that from tomorrow (Sat) will see us play seven games in 21 days (six league, one Dudley Latham Memorial Cup).

We need the points to force us up to where we want to be in the league table. Next up is last season’s runaway champions London Colney (ko 3pm) who beat us by the only goal when we met in the reverse fixture at second Meadow back in August and then on Tuesday night we visit Tring Athletic (ko 7.45pm) for our DLM Cup match.

See you there

Guillem

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