The outpouring of emotion on the Forum or in the conversations that followed Saturday’s game and our ignominious FA Cup exit have all been justified.
I think we all felt amazed how we could witness a performance that was just so flat and by ‘all’ I include the players, the officials, the management and so on.
But ‘flat’ is what we got. And Saturday to me was no different to the Potter’s Bar game of a few years ago or various other embarrassing cup performances we’ve had to endure.
I was nervous before the game, I worried that a team full of confidence on a great run with a bit of pace about them might cause us problems, but with no disrespect at all to Beaconsfield we couldn’t have been better hosts for them. The only time we got going was at 1-0 down and the second goal finished things off.
I know I wasn’t alone in not being great company and then sleeping badly on Saturday night.
So what do we do about it? Well we have been here before, pretty much every season since I’ve been involved with the Club and I know we will be here again, whether this year, next year or some other time. Ultimately for me you have to ask yourself are you doing the right things? If the answer is yes then all you can do is roll your sleeves up and work harder and things will turn.
Do I think we have the best manager we could have? Yes. Do I think we have the best group of players we’ve had in several seasons? Yes. Do I think they are underperforming? Yes, both individually and collectively.
Will I still say yes to all those questions if we repeatedly perform like we did on Saturday – No!
Football is a game of opinions. I read some of the comments on the Forum and I understand both the emotion and some of the well thought through opinions. Some of those contributors won’t agree with me, I don’t agree with some of them. That’s fine as long as we agree that everyone continues to do their best for Wealdstone FC.
However, to the person who chose to anonymously have a go at Wes Parker on Twitter, let me say that was out of order.
So where do we go now? Well I want to quote from one of the emails I received on Sunday morning from a long term supporter and former club official..
“I’m not trying to be Churchill but we need to respond to this is a way that enforces why we are a special club. At a time when we all probably feel less inclined and less enthusiastic about finding even more time to help Wealdstone Football Club we must do what we can to manage the consequences of yesterday.
Gordon and the management team will do what is necessary on the playing side of things but we must do whatever we can to influence morale and finances off the field.
Let’s work together this week, next week and every other damn week to make sure we are stronger and more successful each year.”
We are a special club, we have all worked hard to get to where we are, which is why days like Saturday are such a blow.
We still have much to play for this season and our next 5 league games are all against Clubs higher in the table than we are, which given we are 8th tells you what a tough spell we have. Everyone has a part to play in being successful so once the pain subsides we must all dust ourselves down, pick ourselves up and continue to make sure Wealdstone FC continues to be a special club on and off the field.