First and foremost let me congratulate Biggleswade FC for making their way into the FA Vase quarter-finals following an emphatic 6-1 thumping of Windsor last Sunday.
They now find themselves just two ties and three games away from a place in the FA Vase Final. Rivalries apart, I sincerely wish them all the luck in the world in this most prestigious of competitions for teams at our level and hope they can go all the way and win it for the town.
FC’s obvious interest in the FA Vase means the final third of the league programme could become even more interesting and we firmly believe that, at the end of the day, we are still very much in with a chance of coming out on top. But as regards our rival’s desires to make it to Wembley and into the final of a national competition, I wish them nothing but the very best when they visit Canterbury City later this month.
These are indeed good times in Biggleswade for all followers of non-league football and the level of football being played by the two sides in the Spartan League is a tribute to magnificent coaching on offer to youngsters in the area and has been achieved, not because of, but despite the level of facilities available to them.
Both Biggleswade FC and we are showing that if you have the right coaches you can move ahead, although our immediate and primary goal must be to strive together to provide the level of training facilities and top quality all-weather pitches that the skills of our coaches and the efforts of ALL Biggleswade and the area, youngsters deserve.
Facilities that can help us to maximise the footballing – and life – potential of all those youngsters that are a major part, and very much the future of, our Community.
To that end, the search goes on for 16-18 year youngsters with aspirations, not merely to play football, but also to learn how to play it the right way. We are not necessarily looking for the biggest, strongest, tallest of players but rather those who have been ignored by the bigger clubs because they feel they do not have the necessary physical attributes that they are looking for.
In a perfect world, we would like to build two sides around the 17 and 18 year-old age range to compete in the EJA and hopefully, blaze a path that will eventually lead all the way into the first team. Interested youngsters can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And we are also, hopefully, closing in on some silverware in the shape of the Bedfordshire Senior Cup, the county’s premier cup competition.
We are just one step away from the final where we would meet either Biggleswade Town or Luton Town’s Academy side.
Before then we first have to see off the challenge of higher league opposition, Barton Rovers, when we visit them in the Semi-Final on Tuesday night (KO: 7.45pm) and we would love to see as many supporters as possible coming along to cheer us on.
But first, it’s back to league action tomorrow (Sat) when we visit Crawley Green (KO: 3pm), while our under 23s welcome Kempston Rovers to Second Meadow (KO: 3pm).
See you there,