Diary of a Staines man

#14, Published December 31st, 2012


There seemed to be similar days approaching our last two home games with the rain in the forecast before and during the games with the possibility of a waterlogged pitch but with the superb efforts by our grounds staff the pitch was in excellent condition and looked dry to the naked eye and it seemed unlikely the players would be covered in mud.

Nice to be involved in fresh air on boxing day with the rain starting after lunch and I had received a decent soaking while buying the programme so like everyone else decided to go under the covered standing area along the side. 0-0 at half time ¬– we should really be a few goals down – and in the second half a Dave Wheeler screamer opened the scoring, but, needless to say, our opponents Boreham Wood cancelled out lead. But then we hit the post and missed the good old fashioned open goal – straight into the goalkeeper’s arms just before the end of the game (ended 1-1) – I was not sure if I wanted the game to end then or hope we may score a second, bearing in mind our opponents may do the same!

On Saturday Maidenhead United visited us. This day the rain began early but luckily finished before the 3PM kick off. This time the opponents did score a few goal before half time – only after 5 minutes we were behind with one of the softest goals I have seen and quickly (or is it slowly?) half time arrived and losing 3-0 – We did not seem to create anything in the game and no real surprise we lost 6-0 – a dreadful performance I am afraid to say.

One of my friends says he is not enjoying the games this season – losing 6-0 at home in the rain and you are not enjoying it – where is your sense of adventure? Now we have played more games than anyone (but equal with one team) and our goal difference has the biggest minus sign in front of all the teams but as yet we are not in the dreaded bottom three and with two away games next, against teams in the play-off area, things do not look rosy for the mighty swans – sorry I cannot continue with these negative vibes.

So let us hope – and I mean hope – for a much needed win or two (next report after the two away games) and of course for teams around us in the league to lose all their games in hand and then I can say happy new year to everyone!