They say a week in football is a long time and anything can happen, the last 7 days has shown exactly that
Let’s start with the Durham game, we started really well, creating good chances and playing on the front foot, moving the ball well and playing with confidence, then a moment of madness cost us badly, the sending off, which in my eyes was the right decision changed the course of the game. We conceded from another set piece which as disappointing as it hasn’t been the first time this season, after the goal there was only one team in it, we passed Durham off the park and deserved to go in at the break 2-1 up. We knew the 2nd half was going to be tough and it was exactly that, we found ourselves getting deeper and the extra man started to show, we thought we were going to hold on, Durham were awarded a penalty from a nothing challenge, which they were happy to accept. The attitude from the lads was first class and everyone of them put a shift in, at the end of the season this will definitely be one point gained.
The Morpeth game midweek was a game we deserved to win, I thought our finishing first was the difference between the two teams, two from hendo who is playing very well at the moment and one from Taylor was the difference. Morpeth got one back before the break, again not from good play, but from a lapse in concentration, that goal give Morpeth a glimmer of hope and ensured we had to concentrate throughout the whole of the 2nd half. It wasn’t until a great volley from sparky we knew the game was won
Then we saved our worst performance of the season for our rivals, the management and the players would like to apologise to the fans for a poor performance, we set ourselves very high standards at Spennymoor FC, our fans rightly expect high standards and we didn’t deliver.
You can have all the quality in the world, but if you aren’t prepared to match teams for work rate and effort, then that ability will count for nothing, which was proven on Saturday. The one positive that came out of the game was we secured one point, which in my opinion we were lucky to get and if it wasn’t for Peter, it could have been a different story.
The good thing about the northern league is, you don’t have to wait long to put a wrong right and we will be aiming to do that against Hebburn midweek
On the injury front we have some good news, which is Bobby and Wayne will all be available for selection this week, whilst it is tempting to put them straight back in, we need to manage the situation correctly, to ensure their not back on the treatment table and out injured again. The bad news is we lost Dan Taylor on Saturday, he didn’t recover properly from a couple of tough tackles against Morpeth and pulled up before the Bishop game, I feel for him, he has just came back from a long term injury last season, which meant he missed most of pre season, the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time as Dan had started to show glimpses of what he is capable of.
We have a great Physio at the club in Andy, he has had his hands full over the last couple of weeks and I would like to thank him for his hard work getting the injured lads fit again.
We haven’t showed the form of last season yet, but rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to get it right starting against Hebburn on Tuesday night