I have always said that it will take time for our style and ethos to come to the fore and start to pay dividends. But trust me, we will get there.
Against Berkhamsted we dominated the first half but once again paid the price for avoidable mistakes as well as injuries to Lee Bilcock and Gareth Hunt.
League tables may not lie but neither do they always tell the full story, namely that if you want to build a new style of play from scratch, create a new template then you will need patience, application, dedication, and above all – time.
We will only really begin to see the benefits in two or three years times when the players that have been coached the right way begin to break through into the first team.
At the moment, sometimes it pays off as it did in our home match against Welwyn that inflicted the only league defeat suffered all season by the champions in waiting and sometimes like all works in progress it comes up short which is why our season frequently has the look and feel of a game of snakes and ladders.
Tomorrow (Sat ko 3pm) we visit our town rivals, Biggleswade FC who have had an excellent first season in this league and are a very good example of what I am saying.
Their side is made up primarily – though not wholly – of what used to be their under 18s that grew and prospered together, played the game the right way, and consequently are now beginning to reap the benefits. The corresponding fixture at Second Meadow earlier in the season finished 1-1 and I will travel in from Spain just for the game.
And we also now have an Under 18 side that we can be proud of and their 4-0 win over Biggleswade Town FC U18s in the Bedfordshire Challenge Cup Final at Langford FC this week; a side that, hopefully, like Biggleswade FC can stick together and blend seamlessly into the first team in the future.
Credit to their dedicated coaching team of Keith Castle and Sam Goodman and to all the time consuming work put in by Academy boss, Fran Constancio and the tedious but so very necessary administrative efforts of Lizzie Bruce.
Defeat for the first team against Potton United was a real smack in the face and we now need to try to salvage something from our season by finishing as high up the league table as possible. If we can finish higher than last time around then we will at least be able to say that we have made progress and are heading in the right direction.
We have seven games and 21 points to play for starting with Biggleswade FC before Leighton Town call into Second Meadow on Tuesday. Let’s finish with a bang and not a whimper; our loyal supporters deserve nothing less.
See you there