Unbeaten in the league in the past nine games, with a tally of 25 points from a possible 27, we now sit in fifth place in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League table with games in hand on three of the four sides currently above us.
We have not lost a League game since October 6 and have scored an impressive 25 goals while conceding just eight.
The players are training harder than ever before and the loyalty and commitment they are showing to the club and its coaches is humbling and encouraging in equal measure and a perfect explanation for our recent run of form.
Long may it continue.
But maybe now is the time to strike a note of caution.
I have always said that the more you win the closer you always are to defeat, for many reasons but not least because – unless you are aware of it – it is all too easy to forget what you did in the first place that helped to bring about a change in fortunes.
Sometimes the confidence that comes with winning can carry you through so you can win in a different way, but there were certainly signs in some of our latest performances that suggest that our recent form has dipped slightly and we need to go back and examine and reinvigorate those aspects of the game that set us on the winning road.
Without trying to sound too picky, we need to work a little more on the creation of better positioning of our players, especially when they don’t have the ball, and predominantly so they can offer more options to whichever teammate does have it. Good movement without the ball is one the single biggest contributions that teammates can make for each other. It is as fundamental as it is vital.
That is something that is learned and honed in training and essentially what guarantees having control of games; sometimes winning merely by being strong in both boxes can create a mistaken impression of dominance.
Our Academy Christmas ‘bash’ was a great success with first team coaches Emilio Gutierrez and Alex Salvador and a very large gathering of players, parents and club officials in attendance.
First and foremost it was a great opportunity to offer their thanks and say their goodbyes to departing Academy chief, Fran Constancio, and the number of people who have stepped forward to volunteer to help with the running of the Academy post-Fran is heartwarming and bodes well for the future.
After a weekend off last Saturday, we now face another short break from League duties as we face two cup challenges in a row. Tomorrow (Sat KO: 1.45pm) we travel to Bovingdon in the League Challenge Trophy before Bedford Town call in at Second Meadow on Tuesday night for a quarter-final Bedfordshire Senior Cup match (KO: 7.45pm).
See you there,