We’ve had a good run of success in matches where we have travelled down to the seaside in the last season and a half and when Chaps put us 1 up after 20 minutes yesterday at Hastings I couldn’t see any other result than another three points and that run continuing.
Instead James Gray hit one flush past Sean at the worst possible moment, in first half injury time and then having conceded again we failed to equalise, despite Marvin hitting the bar and Monty firing a foot wide with almost the last kick of the match.
No disrespect to Hastings but for me that was three points dropped, we played some lovely football but without a cutting edge. And with a run of games coming up against Tonbridge, Ashford and Sutton before we play Harrow the coming weeks will be tough.
I ended up taking James Gray back from the game as he needed to get to hospital where he found he has badly bruised his ribs. James is the original hard man, who comes back from every knock he gets in next to no time – probably too quickly and the enforced rest over the next few weeks means he will hopefully come back much fresher. He has had a tough week, with the red card and giving away the deciding penalty last week against Dover, his own goal and then doing his ribs in a collision with Sean. But if anyone can come back from it then James will.
We also lose Marvin Sordell who has done really well for us in the brief time he has been with us. Remember he is only 17 but the new manager at Watford has called all his players back so there is nothing we can do there.
So with a cup game against the Met Police on Tuesday you should expect a few changes, and a chance to see how some of the squad players perform. Darren Locke has already proved that making the step up can be done so let’s hope some of those who get their chance on Tuesday night do the same.