April 24, 2018, 8:20 p.m.
Our monthly update is on the back of a mixed set of results for the first and reserves, and a difficult start to life in the Premier for the Veterans.
Starting with the Veterans, it has been a tricky start, though they were clearly unlucky not to get anything out of a very narrow defeat (2-3) against Dereham in their first match, but in their second against Cringleford, they were up against the likes of Darren Huckerby, Roger Hickman and last season's best Hempnall player, Karl Izzard, with Hickman scoring 5, Huckerby 4 and Izzard a hat-trick.
They will, of course, come good, as Cringleford are by far the best team in the league, so they will in future be facing opposition who more adequately reflect true grass-roots Veterans football. Great to see the likes of Huckerby still enjoying their football though.
The Reserves have had a mixed start, though Matt and Nick are confident they will hold their own in their Division, and they have 4 points and are currently 13th position. They should be able to field a more settled side now that the season is well under way. The spirit in the team is clearly good, but with Matt and Nick at the helm, how could it be otherwise?
Similarly, the first team have shown glimpses of what we can hope for during the season, but fortunes have been mixed. Cup games have seen the team falter, but in the league, which must be Greg's priority for his brand new team, we have witnessed two good performances, the latest against Aylsham last Saturday where they settled into the match and scored 6. Our best wishes go to Tom McCarthy, who picked up an injury, and who has shown signs of being a very good centre forward, despite normally being a centre back. He is clearly important to Greg's plans, so we hope that his injury will not mean an extended absence from the team.
The Management Committee are extremely pleased that the team managers are showing great postivity and are becoming integral to the club and not just their teams, and for the first time for a few seasons, we can see the club returning to it's family feel, with more of the players' families coming along to support their lads (and the club).
All is well on the administration front and our discipline has improved dramatically this season.
The cost of running the club is increasing, but we thank all who support our post match bar, which helps finances immensely.
Other jobs we have in the club include, of course, pitch maintenance, and with Peter Downing now helping with divot repair, and with advice from the ground standards officer at the Anglian Combination and previous advice from Ray, we are doing our best to produce a decent surface – we doubt we will reach the heights of previous seasons, but we will do our best to give the lads a surface that will stand comparison with most in our league. We are learning as we are going on, and both Steven and myself are grateful for all the advice we have received to date.