And we’re back. Without our weekend getting ruined to boot…
Before I begin, this isn’t a long writeup. I haven’t asked for any match reports (STTA is only doing the odd one this season, so if you fancy being a regular contributor…), and it’s too early in the season for many.
Any updates might be a bit sporadic this week anyway. I’m currently doing a CompTIA A+IT Support Technician course this month, which is making my brain ache a bit (all employment advice appreciated, excluding the “insert it 45 degrees afterwards” route), and I’m leaving the shiteness that is BT Broadband this week.
So if we do reach this thing called the “second round” of the Carabang Cup (or whatever it’s called) on Tuesday, and you don’t hear much from this place, then it’s not because I’ve fainted. Honest.
I could make a joke or two about technical breakdowns and iFollow, although I won’t. It’s interesting how many people couldn’t log in for at least some of the game, and unless I’ve missed it there were no formal instructions on the OS about working your way around it.
Unfortunately, those who do programming/development are to testing and actually making sure the thing works to begin with what Tyrone Barnett was to scoring. For many, one suspects iPloughLane will still be the go-to place this season.
Season tickets for that are very cheap, by the way. And the people behind it really would appreciate your dough.
Anyway, whether you’ll be online or even physically at KM on Tuesday, we go into that with something from deepest Lincolnshire. To be honest, when we went 1-0 down after however many minutes it was, I kind of expected it.
I know it’s a new season, and all that, but old habits can sometimes die very hard. I watched the replay of the goals, and you might as well have laid down the welcome mat for their player and given him a cup of tea while you were at it.
Decent strike, admittedly, but it’s like praising a swinging drunk for hitting you when you’ve deliberately stood in his way.
To our credit, it sounded like we got the early season ring rust out of our system quickly after that. By all accounts we deserved the equaliser and perhaps even to win it – it’s always telling when you’re slightly disappointed to come away from such a fixture with a draw.
Last season, it was often mentioned that we had a backbone that got us out of some holes. That was before we discovered there were some, ahem, players not entirely on the same page. And while it’s only one game, at least our ability to fight back is still there.
Those there can fill in the gaps about who played well, who didn’t, and who should be loaned out to Woking. And no doubt, those who were absent will still pontificate like all-knowing sages anyway 😉
But the general mood is one of promise. We have a plan A now, which actually works in (at least some) competitive games. Whether we still need the big lump up front or not remains to be seen, but we’ve got another three or so weeks to decide on that.
And as somebody elsewhere pointed out – we’ve already got more points this season already than we had for the first four games last time out…