When I first joined Biggleswade United a home win followed by an away draw would have probably been considered as a good week’s work.
It’s a measure of how far we have come, that the point we left Crawley Green with on Wednesday night feels much more like two points lost rather than a point gained.
In truth we should have been, at least, three up by half time having created and squandered a hatful of chances.
We are certainly heading in the right direction and as our skipper, Martin Russell pointed out at the end of the match, away draws on the back of home victories are always welcome. That said, we really need to become more clinical in front of goal and more concentrated on finishing off our opponents when we have them on the ropes rather than relaxing too much and admiring our skills.
From cruising to what looked like an easy victory we let our hosts back into the game and, to add insult to injury, we could even have left Crawley Green empty-handed had it not been for a penalty save by our debutante keeper, Robbie Ponting.
On the plus side there is no way that either the effort and the commitment of the players can be questioned and what we are working on in training has been apparent for most of the matches we have played this season.
It was also wonderful to see Robbie make the transition from the Under-23 side to the first team and play with such distinction and a wonderful lesson to any players in any of our sides that if they show the application, ability and desire than they will get their chances with the first team.
What we really need is to build on that confidence and play with that belief that I know we have.
Finally a word of support for young Charlie Black who suffered a freak dislocation to his knee right at the end of the warm-up last Saturday.
Charlie is young, fit and dedicated and I know he will be back stronger than ever. Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.
We get our next chance to show what we can do tomorrow (Sat) when we visit Broxbourne Borough (k.o. 3.00) who have yet to win a point at home this season before returning once again to Crawley Green on Wednesday (7.45 pm) this time for a league Challenge Trophy game. See you there.