We do like to make it hard for ourselves

Another point yesterday as we inch closer to safety, but at 2 up with 15 minutes remaining you do feel you should win the game and you have to remind yourself later that you didn’t lose.

I set a target of 52 points to be sure of safety. At this rate 1 point every game will get us there. The frustrating thing is that we could have won each of the last three games and been safe by now – mind you we could have lost all three as well – so at least we are extending our unbeaten run.

Interesting to watch the video footage of the game here. Most of the time we only get one chance to see the game live and make up our minds as to who might be to blame (or praise) for a particular action. When you see it on film it shows what really happened.

Having watched the video, for me our first penalty yesterday was more of a certain penalty than the second one yet immediately after the game I would have said the other way round, as in my mind Ryan Ashe was much closer in and certain to score for the second one – the video says otherwise.

Anyway, having more regular video at our games is something I’d like to see next season. If anyone fancies getting involved let me know, I reckon the Ruislip gun tower would be the perfect place to film from.

University challenge

Many supporters will have noticed we have had a camera crew at some of the recent games.

These have been manned by students from the University of Westminster studying for journalism courses including a broadcast journalism module. You can read some of the reports on this website.

My main contact from the university Amy Downes is a mad Ipswich town fan and I will add a link to her blog ‘Diary of a Tractorgirl’ here as well.

I am hoping to get some of the footage that they have shot from our recent games either up on the website or else possibly some copies to buy – especially the interviews with Gordon and Ryan Ashe after the Borough game.

We will try and link in with the University early in their September term in the next academic year as it would be great to make the filming a regular event – for us as well as helping them hone their journalistic skills.

Defensive worries at Maidstone tomorrow

We go into the last five games of the season still perhaps 4-5 points from being completely safe.  Our recent form has been good and let’s hope we can finish March on a high note at Maidstone.

It will be tough though, James Gray starts a three match ban tomorrow, Andy Howell will be out for perhaps the rest of the season and Carl Martin is almost certainly out after receiving a kick against Harrow.  Marcus Gross has also almost certainly played his last game for us, as he is away for a couple of weeks in April and has made himself unavailable tomorrow.  So we hope to have a new signing in place for tomorrow as we need a defender.

Please note that according to the Maidstone website there appears to be a pitch inspection tomorrow morning at Bourne Park – with more rain forecast the game may be in doubt so check before you travel.

Maidstone appear to have improved in the couple of weeks since we played them helped by the signing of former Arsenal star Ian Selley.  They will be desperate for the points so I am expecting a really tough game tomorrow – don’t forget Maidstone share at Bourne Park, Sittingbourne as they work towards developing their new stadium in Maidstone.

Stones win County Cup

Congratulations to Ricky Murphy and everyone involved with the reserves for their dramatic success winning the Middlesex Premier Cup beating Ashford Town 3-2 on Wednesday night at Earlsmead, coming from 0-2 down at half time.

Ricky’s had a tough season and this success is due reward for all the hard work he has put in.  Whatever he said in his half time team talk must have worked as goals from Wayne Reid, Omar Sagna and Kurt Moriese turned the game around.  You can read a report here. Due to a family commitment I had to miss the game but nevertheless I was delighted to receive the text when it came in.

Well done guys.

A Wealdstone education

During the week Gordon, Fingers and I attended the open evening at Stanmore College for our scholarship scheme.  The room was full of people hoping to sign up.  As well as needing the requisite grades at GCSE level the boys will have the opportunity to prove themselves in the football trials coming up in early April.  Maybe the next Jermaine (or even the next Ben Clark) was sitting in that room.  Good also to see Carl Martin working as one of the tutors on the course, James Duncan is another.

Two other players who have benefited from a Wealdstone education are Liam Henderson and Dale Bennett, both of whom have been given a pro contract at Watford, following their spell with us.  Following the success with John Joe and Theo las year we are delighted that the relationship has worked for both clubs again this season.

Good news from the seaside gales

Quite a day.

First the good news.  Andy Howell is going to be ok.  After landing awkwardly he complained of breathing difficulties with what was then thought to have possibly been broken ribs.  We went to the local hospital and fortunately after much waiting around (though no complaints at all about the way they took care of us) he was told there was no break.  I imagine he will be out for a few days though broken ribs would have probably meant the season.

So to the game.  A point gained or two dropped?  I’m delighted with a point, coming back from 2 down against the wind.  Lee Chappell’s goal to instantly equalise at 3-3 was a sensational strike but what a shame the same player missed in the last minute from 6 yards. We did miss plenty of chances but showed great spirit to battle back.

The last time I took Andy Howell back from a game was after the AFC Wimbledon hammering.  The form and tenacity we’ve shown in the eight games since then has been excellent.  I think two more wins should be enough with results going for us today.

We’ve had four trips to the seaside this season and not lost, with wins at Folkestone and Hastings and draws at Ramsgate and Margate.  Closer to home on Monday and whilst not expecting a repeat fo Boxing Day…it would be nice.

Wealdstone rock

A great night at Ruislip by all accounts.

A good turn out for what appears to be an almost unique Wealdstone experience.

Plenty going on at Ruislip across several fronts.  We continue with our plans but we do not underestimate the amount of change or investment that needs to happen on the site.  Good to get the first WFC event under our belt and some great pictures here.

A good week really.  Two important wins and yesterday possibly the best performance since Boxing Day.  Up to 13th but still only 4 points above the relegation zone.  I’ll leave it to you to suggest how many points will ensure safety.  Believe it or not in this crazy season we are only 8 points off the play-offs.  So only 15 points between 3rd and 21st – have you ever known anything like it?

On hols for the rest of the week

Off to the wild west tomorrow for my annual Cheltenham Festival jaunt together with Mark McManus, Jez Albert and Dave Parish.  I feel I need a break though no doubt the phone will be red hot.

I wasn’t best pleased we ended up with a home fixture tomorrow night so we will be missing it. I was very depressed on the drive home on Saturday.  It was a certain 0-0 played in tough conditions.  I bet even Arsenal at their flowing best wouldn’t have been able to pass the ball on that pitch and then everything was ruined by a linesman 5 minute from time.  Even their officials apologised afterwards.

goes without saying really (though I will say it) it’s a big game tomorrow night!

Welcome…

to Jackie Taylor who starts with the club on Wednesday taking on a commercial role.

We are delighted Jackie has joined us.  She comes as a result of our relationship with Staines FC, for whom a lady called Angie has performed a very successful role over the previous few months.  I hope Jackie will be as successful for us.  It is very exciting to get someone involved in this crucial area.

Anyone with any ideas and more importantly any leads should let me know so I can pass them onto Jackie.

Stones Aid III – get your tickets now

Stones Aid III is just a matter of days away and will be worth a visit this coming Saturday night at Ruislip.

Tickets are available now (or at tomorrow’s game) from either Graham Jones and Mark Lloyd at £8 each or £5 for under 18s (£10 on the night).  You can even email events@wealdstonefc.co.uk or see the club website for details.

Stones Aid has always been a fantastic ground breaking event and it is great that we will have the latest one at Ruislip this weekend.

On the bill are the regular bands Metal Mode, MyGayMonkey and newcomers The Rigsbys who are a band made up  of our good friends from Maidenhead.

Should be a great night.