In terms of impressive comebacks, you’d have to go a long way to see anything quite like George Brinkman’s cameo performance for us this week.
George suffered a double fracture of the leg back in September and marked his return on Tuesday night with a sensational left foot strike from outside of the area after coming on in the 85th minute of our home game against Harpenden Town.
The goal in the 93rd minute was the icing on the cake on what was an excellent 4-1 victory.
The goal and his recovery are a tribute to his hard work and desire to get back and also to the sterling efforts of our club physio, Ikera Williams and her wonderful team in helping George on the path to recovery.
And his return to the fray has come at precisely the right time and just when we need everyone fit and focused as we enter the finishing straight of yet another roller coaster of a season.
The win puts us clear in fourth place in the table with nine games to play. The chances of us actually winning the title are now pretty remote – especially after last Saturday’s home defeat against current league leaders, Hadley – but that is no reason why we shouldn’t fight right until the end of what is unquestionably our most successful league campaign since we have been competing in the Premier Division of the Spartan League.
We also still have the chance of playing for some silverware and face a North Beds Charity Cup semi final match at home against Biggleswade FC on March 19.
It was wonderful to get back on track after a recent blip in form that saw us lose our two previous league games although we still need to show more ruthlessness when it comes to converting the many chances we are creating.
I firmly believe that if we can sustain our form, in the first instance, for the next three league games we will have more than a fair chance of finishing as high as second in the table. If that happens we will have to wait and see if that might be enough to see us gain promotion although that is something that is out of our hands and would almost certainly depend on the fortunes – or more likely, misfortunes – of other clubs in different leagues.
For the time being, we can only concentrate on doing our job on the pitch as well as we possibly can while, meanwhile, off the pitch doing anything and everything that can help us to raise as much money as possible to enable us to keep ploughing forward.
On Saturday week (March 9) we have a Ukelele night at the clubhouse with free entry, and tickets are still available for my “Evening with…” Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager, Jesus Perez at Osinsky’s in Hitchin on April 18. All monies raised will go to helping to finance the club’s Academy.
But before then we travel to Leverstock Green tomorrow (Sat KO: 3 pm) in search of what would be another very welcome three points.
See you there