After Tuesday's performance I approached today's game with some trepidation. Looking at us starting with no real centre forward (George and Kane not starting) and some of the fringe players having a start (Laza Jnr and Harry Pearse) I wasn't really sure what to make of it all.
So the first half started, with a strong wind, Windsor playing three centre backs in back four, Bedfont with a flouresent giant in goal and a beast of player in defence (possibly a rugby league player) and Windsor with a very small midfield and forwards the half promised little, and delivered even less. A few nice passes but litttle else, nil nil at half time flattered both sides....
Well the second half livened things up a bit, first of all the Bedfont fan behind the goal decided to "get amongst" the Windsor fans. This octo-genarian just wouldn't shut up, non stop flap flap flap went his mouth, saying how great Bedfont are, slating Windsor and their fans and saying how great the CCL was and the officials were fantastic and, well I sort of shut him out after a while.
So, almost on cue Windsor capitulate way too easily and Bedfont take the lead. Whooping and dancing in front of the Windsor fans this gent's delight on display for all, but then it all went the way of the pear.........
A ball comes into the Bedfont box and the keeper goes for the ball, as does Windsor's big strong centre back. From where I was standing it did look like a late hit on the keeper and a free kick, however the ref gave nothing and the ball fell to Laza Snr and a fine strike finds the back of the net. now I am sure I would not have been happy with the decision had it been against my team,, but they happen, and have happened to all of our teams.
So our friend curses and gets over it? oh no, he decides to start abusing the referee, abuse the Windsor fans, abuse the Windsor club and even state that the officials are cheats (the same officials who were the best around not 20 mins ago). Aren't football fans fickle?!?!?
A Bedfont player is sent off for saying naughty things to the ref and this causes us great delight. The keeper is clearly in some discomfort, but when he recovers he goes on to make a draw saving save and was, in my opinion the man of the match. he looked safe and made a few good saves throughout the game.
Once again for the second time in two matches Windsor do not take advantage of the extra man; indeed again I forgot we had the extra man and that is just disappointing.
My concern really is that we appear to have lost something in the league, i don't now if it is the realisation we will not win the league but can win a cup or two, or just maybe a little bit of inexperience or lack of leadership. I still feel taking us player by player we have a very talented and strong group of players in almost every position, as a team however, something appears to be missing. I am sure the cup final will be a great display and a cracking evening, but the league performances have been disappointing. Maybe I do expect too much from our unpaid youngsters, from a team that, due to many reasons, is always changing. But if we are going to push for the league next year we need to be able to beat these teams and grind out a result where necessary.
So come on boys, lets get a trophy or two and finish the season on a high, and who knows what next season could bring.....