Reflections on a windy day.

Posted on Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Mike says –

“As I said on Friday I thought the pressure was all on our players as a Lothian win would have put them 7 points ahead of us. Because of that I was a little apprehensive yesterday morning wondering how the players would react to that pressure. My apprehension and maybe that pressure was blown away when we arrived at Saughton Enclosure.  

In the “old” days you played in any conditions but nowadays referees will put a game off because of a strong wind (as with 3 games in the SFL yesterday) and the man in the middle at Saughton seriously considered calling the game off. (What is it with us and Lothian – the game at the Academy earlier this season was in doubt because of water on the pitch). Anyway the game went ahead and we not only played with the right spirit, we adapted to the conditions better than the home side.

I like Lothian; I like the way Lothian play. It could be the wind put the home side off more than ourselves but both teams tried to pass the ball on a difficult day and thankfully we came out on top.  It was a good team performance with each and every player getting pass marks.

Talking of the wind, “Windy” Miller must be a disappointed man today and if the truth be told so am I. Bonnyrigg is about 10 miles from the Academy and I would like to think our team and theirs are on a par. Common opinion may be that Bonnyrigg are a bit better than us having won a stronger league last season but I think everyone would agree we could compete at the same level.

What am I saying? Spartans have been about since 1951 and have never played a competitive game against a “like” team 10 miles away. The Broch winning yesterday has made sure it won’t happen for another year at least.  Could Mr McLeish please do something about it.

It had to be Fraserburgh, didn’t it? Another Saturday journey north for yours truly to spy on our “Scottish” opposition. Jimmy Murray and I know the journey and Bellslea Park as we took in a Fraserburgh v Buckie Thistle Friday night game a few years back before a Buckie Scottish cup-tie at City Park. After drawing at home few would have given Fraserburgh much chance at Bonnyrigg but Charlie Duncan knows his stuff and his young side surprised us all.

It is a journey and a game we are all looking forward to on 24th October.

Finally Sam organised a meal after the game yesterday in honour of David Etale who heads for Afghanistan this week. David very soon became one of us after joining the club and we will all be very happy when he returns from his tour of duty. We will miss him both on and off the park over the next six months but we’ll keep in touch. I’ll relay any messages from David over the website if I can decipher the code that is. Good luck David.”


Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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