Thumping 4-0 wins for both us and FC Biggleswade set the scene perfectly for this Spartan League form clash at Second Meadow tomorrow (Sat KO: 3pm).
While we saw off the challenge of London Tigers, FC was comprehensively bettering Hadley by the same scoreline. Something’s going to have to give.
There is much to admire about the way our neighbours have gone about their business this season. They are playing really good football and have been beaten just once in the league, and that was way back on August 21 when they lost at home to Potton (1-3).
They have dropped just five points – a defeat and a draw – all season on their way to amassing 46 points from a possible 51, including 15 wins.
Apart from that defeat to Potton, the only other points they have dropped came more than two months ago when they drew 2-2 at Edgware Town on October 10.
And ironically, it was Edgware Town that was the last team to take any league points off us as well, again following a 2-2 draw on October 27.
We know that it is going to be a tough game and there is no doubt that we go into it as the underdogs. But that’s a long way from saying that we won’t be approaching the match with our confidence sky high, fourth in the table and unbeaten in the league since October 6 after a run that has seen us take 28 points from a possible 30.
We are a different side to the one that was beaten 4-1 in the corresponding away fixture way back in August in only the second game of the season, and much more like the one that beat FC Biggleswade 2-1 on October 23 in the Bedfordshire Senior Cup.
We are better prepared for just about anything that the opposition can throw at us and far more comfortable and confident all over the pitch, thanks largely to a superb team spirit and a squad that has developed and blossomed primarily because of their willingness to listen, learn and work tirelessly for one another.
We will certainly afford our opponents all the respect that their performances this season clearly demonstrate they merit, but that is a long way from saying that we will fear them, and I know we will have been planning all week on how to achieve the victory that will pull us ever closer to the top of the table.
Whatever the outcome, the one thing I am sure of is that it should be a wonderful game of football, fiercely contested by two sides, both of whom are committed to playing the game the right way.
I can’t wait.
See you there,