Diary of a Staines man

#2, Published October 1st, 2012

Tuesday September 25th

Well that was a bit of luck that the referee decided Staines A v A Basingstoke the other Saturday due to rather moist conditions. I suppose we could have continued the game if we waited for an hour or so – they would have done if it was a cricket match!

The Non-League paper even gave the star man award – not bad for 7 minutes 20 seconds – and I think Steve’s report in the paper was longer than it would have been if the match lasted for 90 minutes. So the game was rearranged for last Tuesday and we won 2-0. Of course so the smiles are returning to our home ground. Their players seemed to be more keen on falling over and shooting high and wide than actually scoring to our delight or perhaps it was well organised defence.

Saturday September 29th

Then on Saturday Harare - I mean Salisbury – top of the table – visited our humble home and a very well deserved half time lead of 2-0 still has people worried that we could not hold on this lead. We had about 12 games last season when we scored first and did not win so this stat is still remembered for this season – so winning 2-0 at the interval made some people still not confident. Salisbury seemed a bit slow on trying to save the game with no real sign of urgency until the last 5 minutes or so, where of course they made the score 2-2. But we had other ideas and a great strike into injury/stoppage time won us the game and the Staines fans decided to enter the national smiling competition where I am sure we won that as well. Tomorrow we visit Hayes and Yeading – well Woking actually – where they are currently playing awaiting their ground to be completed – it will be strange as Staines fans will have the shorter journey. No game next Saturday as we bowed out of the FA cup at the first attempt and then we visit Eastleigh unless they draw their FA cup game.

So then hopefully the crowd will increase for our next home game after two successive wins and I understand that Arlanda will be busier than normal!