Hi EVERYONE! Hope you’re all well and looking forward to a lovely Easter weekend.
We are, two games in four days, tonight against our local rivals at Scunthorpe, who we had a good win against earlier in the season, and then on Monday at home to Carlisle, with whom we have some unfinished business to attend to since our comprehensive defeat up there on Boxing Day.
Two wins would make our weekend, and probably yours, just as a hotly-disputed penalty last Saturday against Southend spoilt that weekend.
Tom Clarke, who had an excellent game, could not have got his arms out of the way of the ball when struck at him, at force, from close range. He did not deliberately handle the ball, it hit him! Surely not a penalty, and we didn’t deserve to get beaten.
Saying that, we didn’t deserve to win either. Lots of endeavour from both teams but not very much in the way of quality on show.
We were disappointed with the result, of course we were, we want to win every game, but the performance warranted better.
Much has been written about the team being on a sort of trial until the season-end.
We’ve got five games left and with little chance of making the play-offs, so the team are playing with only their integrity as professional footballers at stake.
For the best players, there’s no greater incentive than playing for personal pride, cups, leagues and promotion are achieved on the back of that attitude.
Lee has said that the remainder of the season will show us the true, real characters who want to come with the club on its journey to success.
I hope there’s stacks of these players because I do believe with a good pre-season behind them they can lift to the next level. Only time will tell! As optimists we expect to go out on a bang, winning our last five games and going into the off-season on a high.
Quote of the week: “Never try to be better than anyone else, but never stop trying to be as good as you can be.”
John Wooden, the most successful basketball coach in history.
Onwards and upwards!