Diary of a Staines man

#38, Published January 14th, 2014



So the Swans are unbeaten in 2014 with some fine performances away from home. Just as well Saturdays game was away as the pitch / ground / car park all underwater. As far as I know the other Swans (the white bird type) have not taken residence and Wheatsheaf lane is closed for traffic.

The new year's day game due to be played was a victim of the rain as many others in our league so we went to visit Bath on the Saturday with this game being touch and go all the way down but looking at the pitch it seemed fine to me. Perhaps players are not allowed to get muddy anymore. A decent performance with a last minute equalizing goal by our captain ensured a 1-1 draw.

Then on Tuesday a visit to Whitehawk who have secured a couple of promotions in recent times at their "enclosed ground" with about 2000 seats and I donít think anybody sat in them - crowd was about 150 or so and it just seemed a bit strange. We could have easily been 4-1 down at half time but only 2-1 in the end and then somehow we were 3-2 up in the last minute before an injury to our player resulted in our goalkeeper kicking the ball out of play but the home team decided to go for goal rather than kick the ball back to us and of course they scored to make the result 3-3. Our manager did not complain and said we will learn from this - but said our keeper should have kicked the ball as far as possible rather than present it to a good position for the home side to score!

And now on to Farnborough where we have already beaten them this season at home and away in the FA Trophy so should not be a problem - 1-1 at half time and we just kept on going and finally won the game 2-1 to pick up our first maximum on the road this season to propel us up the league table.

We have had a few instances this season where one of goal scorers has been incorrectly given to the media (not the fault of our tireless club secretary) and it seems difficult to comprehend how this happens as it is not like the players all look like each other or have a similar surname - Our midfield player was credited to a hat trick at Whitehawk and I donít think he had a shot on goal. But soon after the game ended there was his name on people's mobile phones / BBC sport / league websites ETC so I think he must have asked for a pay rise for his performance.

So now looking forward to Saturday's game - well hopefully as the pitch is under water - so a doubt already I suppose? - with another home win of course. I will not say onwards and upwards as most people are saying this on the forum especially after we win a game.