Gills game is off

Hands up who is upset right now…?

Most of us found out about 1530 yesterday, and you get the impression that there wasn’t too much angst and blubbing going on with the announcement.

True, it seems a tad warmer here at SW19 Towers than it has been recently, though the KM pitch has been frozen since the middle of last week.

And while I don’t know how cold it’s got in Kent, if Gillingham had their covers on for two weeks and it’s still unplayable, it’s been pretty bloody cold.

The last SW19 update said that if our game today got called off it wouldn’t be an entirely bad thing. Now it is postponed, I’ll got a step further – I think it’s brilliant news.

Just as I think us not playing this weekend is as well.

If anyone needs a rest, it’s us. We just about kept going on Saturday, and it was part (though only part) of the reason why we crashed out to Sutton.

We might have done OK tonight, but more likely we might not. It would have been like Chesterfield, where we were second best too much to a team lower down.

But we’ve now got this break, and we should take it with both hands.

The OS update soon afterwards might have been happy co-incidence, but how effective would Taylor, Barcham and Parrett have been?

We’ll need Elliott back, and this layoff has come at the right time for him as well. We can get him fit and firing again before t’Blades.

Perhaps as importantly, we get a mental health break too.

For especially away from home, we’re in a psycohological rut. We saw that again in Derbyshire, almost as though we’ve forgotten where the net it.

It’s up to NA and co to figure out how to approach this downtime, but I would hope that we treat it almost like a mini pre-season campaign again.

No, I don’t mean an underwhelming friendly at a Turdeyland side, but just go through everything that we’ve done so far.

Somebody elsewhere suggested we should at least consider a couple of days in Spain as a training camp/bonding session. I can hear the rising blood pressure of our beancounters from here.

But then, if somebody comes up with the dough for it, that too wouldn’t be the worst thing for us. A change of scenery, and all that.

More likely, it’ll be some work at whatever 3G facilities are available locally, and plenty of downtime. Along with, I hope, a focus on finally doing something on the road.

Bramall Lane would be a daunting place to kickstart the season again, but wouldn’t that just be stereotypical Wimbledon** to do that?

** – I haven’t bothered checking results over recent years, but by “stereotypical” I mean playing these sort of teams and winning, often with the odds stacked against us. But is it actually true? Or do people still live in the WFC era over this sort of thing…?

Even so, any sort of reboot will be welcome. We’ve got a bonus of a break, and we should use it wisely. Even a mild upkick in form will ensure us in the third tier again next season.

No doubt we’ll have a backlog of fixtures at some point, but by then they should be academic to our survival/success. And if we’re fresher than other teams who are still playing, it could become an interesting remaining couple of months.

One final thing – I bet none of you are going to miss standing in their open stand tonight. Even if it does cost a tenner to get in…

4 thoughts to “Gills game is off”

  1. I for one think this is great news. I hope we give the players a couple of days off training. Help them relax physically and mentally.

    1. I think that the break will benefit the team. There is a much needed rest for the team. This is quite critical in shaping the outcome of the remaining season. I believe that the break will kickstart the winning run which will ensure that the team stays in League One next season. This is the minimum hope that the team hope to secure this season. I personally hope that it will be more (promotion to the Championship) which I feel that it is still possible. However, it is the best that the team secures as many wins as possible to reach 50 plus points to ensure safety first.


  2. Can’t remember being so pleased to hear a game called off. A very hard won point at Chesterfield but with such a scratch team we were hanging on against pretty poor opposition at the end on Saturday. Good to see the youngsters get a run out and get some first team experience. However, not sure Egan and Beere are strong enough at the minute to play together, especially when the ball regularly came straight back from Barnett every time it went forward! Hopefully the rest will do everyone some good (fans included) and Lyle and Tom will be raring to go again at Sheffield a week on Saturday.

    1. Experience will come with time as long as the academy players are given opportunity of first team football. The manager must be willing to field them in the starting line-up and continue to encourage them along the way.


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