I hear what people are saying about a play-off position and, from that, they must be giving serious consideration to promotion. But I wonder if this might not be just a bit too ambitious at the moment?
I fully accept that a club has to be ambitious and to go into every game looking for a victory. But that ambition has to be realistic. Nine months ago who would have thought we would see John Batch’s phoenix rise from the Conference ashes to the top 5 of the Ryman North? These youngsters have done a fantastic job and, in spite of their lack of experience of football at this level, have hushed their critics and done the business. More than the business. But it has been a terrific learning curve all season and many of the mistakes made and the points dropped have been the result not of inability or shortage of skills, but rather, lack of education of the game at this level. This is Pabird’s regular observation and I can rarely find anything he writes with which I can disagree.
Just a point of view, but would it not be better to remain positive and successful for just one more season in this league, rather than a disappointing season and possible failure in the next league up? Because I do feel that, at this moment in our club’s development, this is what would happen if we got success too early. That lack of edge that was so rightly pointed out in earlier posts does not punish us too often at this level and we have got away with an awful lot. Can you imagine that Ilford lacklustre performance against Chelmsford? Doubt we would have come out of that one with 3 points.
I am as passionate as the rest of you and followed the old Canvey from Essex Senior League to the Conference. I like success. But success has to be planned for and, as part of that planning, I would be happy to see an element of consolidation built in so that we don’t rise too quickly, only to come back down again but our pride, morale and resolve having taken a battering along the way.