After a well deserved victory against the league’s virtual Champions elect we were brought straight back to earth with a bump following our second league defeat of the season to lowly placed Edgware Town.
On Saturday we went mano-a-mano with London Colney who barring a meltdown of cataclysmic proportions are destined to be crowned league champions sooner rather than later, and beat them fair and square.
At the end of February we played them in the league away fixture and had to make do with a 1-1 draw when our performance certainly merited all three points.
The only team that has the slimmest of chances of scuppering London Colney’s title chances are Hertford Town who, currently, sit eight points behind them and we have also managed to beat them on their own patch and draw against them at home this season.
Unbeaten this season against the league’s two front runners yet somehow we have contrived to lose 2-0 both home and away to 19th placed Edgware Town this season.
As to why you can play so well against top opponents and then badly against less capable sides is something we could argue about into the middle of next week, but put simply Edgware defended very deep and to counter that unless you move the ball very quickly and create patterns of play it is very difficult to beat those sort of sides. Put simply we did neither and it ended up costing us.
Sides like London Colney will always give you a chance not least because they will always feel they are at least the equal of you and are always prepared to set their stall out to prove it, which is something that will always give you more opportunities.
Unfortunately we showed once again certain weaknesses at both ends of the field falling victim to two set pieces from corners and it wasn’t so much the first defending that disappointed, but rather our defending of the second ball where we were found really wanting. In a word, we were soft.
At the other end we created sufficient chances to win the game but once again were not aggressive or ruthless enough when it came to converting them.
In the end we paid the price although if we can learn from our errors it will hopefully stand us in good stead for next season.
May 13 has been set as the date for will our end of season night with the Academy awards being presented during the day with the first team and under 23s having their evening at the John O’Gaunt golf club in the evening.
Tickets will be £10 per head with food, entertainment and hopefully some celebrity surprise guests in attendance. More details to follow.
On Tuesday night (k.o 7:45 pm) we welcome Baldock Town in the semi finals of the North Beds Charity Cup with Stotfold awaiting the winners in the final. Before then we hope to get back to league winning ways when we visit Leverstock Green tomorrow (Sat k.o 3pm).
And in between the two fixtures our head coach, Cristian Colás has a date with the roads of Brighton, (26.2 miles of them to be precise) when he will be attempting to complete his first ever marathon. Is there no end to the man’s talents? Cristian will be running for one of nominated charities, Football Beyond Borders and we all wish him the very best of luck.
Rather him than me!