Holidays are fine, in fact they are brilliant, but it is good to be back.
I really enjoyed yesterday at Dartford. After an amazing start we fought tenaciously to get an excellent point. Make no mistake, Dartford are worthy favourites this season. With the set-up they have there, and over 1000 fans every week, there is a huge expectation that they will be successful this year. That’s as maybe, but they have made an excellent start and the feeling afterwards was that we were the best team they’ve faced so far this season.
Gordon McKay told me that, certainly in the first half, that this was the best we had played so far this season. My view is that we have had 1-2 (too many) injuries in pre-season and are only slowly getting to where we want to be in terms of fitness. I believe we will only improve, and that as each game passes this will happen. What is clear is that we have retained a great spirit and determination to fight until the final whistle. This will be a crucial characteristic in our very competitive division.
So good to be back, although you never miss the 45 minutes it took to go last few minutes to the Dartford bridge.
Since being back I’ve now spoken to just about all the other directors at some length (with the exception of Paul Rumens who is away) and had nearly an hour long conversation with Gordon Bartlett earlier today. We have just embarked on a process of review of the way the Club is running at the top end. This is planned to be a wide ranging review so that the Club is as well placed as possible to deal with all the big challenges we have to face. I will write plenty more about this in the coming weeks.
On the field it doesn’t get any easier. Tomorrow we face Sutton, who have also made a good start and are another team who will be expecting to be there or thereabouts this season and we will have 1-2 enforced changes. Next Saturday we travel to promoted Aveley who beat Carshalton 4-0 yesterday, followed by a tough FA Cup trip to Arlesey. So plenty of hard work ahead.
Mind you someone mentioned that after we drew at Dartford last season our next game was at home to Sutton so let’s hope history continues to repeat itself.
See you tomorrow.