I know exactly what Robert Louis Stevenson meant when he said that “to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.”
In football, winning is truly wonderful – particularly in something like a cup semi-final – but it is not everything, and as I have often said, sometimes you can learn more from a defeat than a victory.
But at Biggleswade United – just like at any football club – victory is the ultimate aim, the pot of silver at the end of the rainbow.
But as with any adventure, the nature of your journey, the friends you make along the way, the relationships you build with players, coaches and fans, the bonds you create as, together, you go in search of that ultimate aspiration that is victory, is as important and integral a part of the whole process as is the victory itself.
We can reflect on our Bedfordshire Cup semi-final against Barton Rovers with our heads held high. They play a division above us and the clinical manner by which they went about their business in front of goal was where the difference between the two sides was most apparent.
But we will learn from the experience, re-group, carry on what we are doing and come back stronger, better prepared. There will be other occasions, other crossroads moments, but for the time being my immediate ambition is to maintain the closeness and camaraderie that we possess in our squad right up until the end of this campaign and beyond.
There is still much to play for. We certainly aren’t favourites but are still by no means out of the league title race and we have to compete to the very best of our abilities and finish as high as possible.
Officially only the champions are promoted from our league at the end of the season but there is still a chance according to what is happening with other clubs in the various leagues that a second-place finish might yet be enough to see us go up another level. We’ll see and hope for the best.
As with all lower league clubs, the need to raise money to help us to continue to operate is a constant preoccupation and to that end I will be looking to raise as much of the stuff as possible when I hold one of my ‘Evening With..’ nights at Osinsky’s in Hitchin on April 18 when I will be joined by Jesus Perez, the right-hand man of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur, along with other special guests to be announced soon.
We will be talking all things football, not least about Jesus’s career to date, his time at Spurs working with Mauricio as well as answering the audience’s questions on matters relating to the game
It should be a fun night. Tickets are now available at £15 with all proceeds going into club funds.
Meanwhile, on the pitch it’s back to league matters this weekend and tomorrow (Sat) we travel to Leighton Town (KO: 3pm), looking for another three points to keep the pressure on the three sides currently above us at the top of the table.
See you there,