It’s never much fun losing any game but here at Biggleswade United we can at least take a lot of heart from our narrow 2-1 Bedfordshire Senior Cup defeat at Bedford Town this week.
Ultimately we fell just short but not before we had taken the lead and, on the admission of our host’s own coaching staff, bossed the first half against our higher league opponents. Once again we paid dearly for not being able to deal properly with set pieces and the truth is that the higher up the league ladder you go, the more proficient the opposition becomes at exploiting such situations.
But on balance, I am most pleased for stand in coach, Stuart Bimson who has been called up to the number one coaching slot in the club, standing in for Cristian Colás who is currently unwell. Meanwhile everyone at the club would like to extend our very best wishes to Cristian for a speedy and complete recovery.
Tuesday night must have felt like a bit of a homecoming for Stuart who actually cut his coaching and managerial teeth with Bedford Town, a side he also represented as a player in the twilight of a playing career that saw the Liverpool born defender represent Bury, Lincoln City and Cambridge United in a total of 254 Football League appearances.
Stuart is a UEFA A Licence and also spent time as the Assistant Manager at Altrincham and as development coach at the Southend United centre of excellence. The value of Stuart’s experience from the professional game and his input into the first team has been immeasurable and I also know that in Cristian’s absence he is the ideal man to step up to the plate.
He will be assisted by Albert Martinez will step up from fitness coach to first team coach Albert joined us in June 2017 from Amposta (Spain) where he worked at a number of semi professional clubs in Catalonia.
He holds a Masters Degree in Physical Performance and Rehabilitation of Injuries in Soccer from the University of Seville and his knowledge and experience has been vital this season in ensuring our players remain fit. He also holds qualifications as a personal trainer and a Level 2 football coach.
Both Stuart and Albert have been excellent while filling in for Cristian and their next challenge will be Hadley who we visit tomorrow (Sat ko 3-00pm) and who currently sit one point behind us in the league but with a very similar record. Certainly if we can demonstrate the same style, skill and endeavour that we showed against Bedford Town then I am confident we can bring home the three points.
See you there