Management thoughts on a good exercise which could have been more.

Posted on Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Mike says –

“Unlike most if not all East of Scotland teams yesterday, both Easthouses and ourselves played 90 minutes of football on an excellent surface. Because it was a friendly the result was of little importance but all those involved got a good physical, competitive run out which should hopefully keep the fitness levels of both teams up during this stop, start season.

Could it have been more? We are an East of Scotland side who had a perfect playing surface available but unable to play an official game despite having a home fixture. If we could register both pitches at the Academy (I’m merely speaking for myself here and don’t know the EOS rules) it would be easy to switch pitches at the last minute. As it was we tentatively approached Lothian (about playing our King Cup-tie on the Field Turf) but they declined probably because of the earlier kick off. Either way we would have had to seek permission from the Association at least and probably do a bit more.

I’m in no way having a pop at Lothian here but if both Academy parks were able to be registered at the start of the season and teams knew when the fixtures came out that a game would go ahead on one of the pitches, they could prepare accordingly. We only approached Lothian on Friday morning when we realised the grass park would not be available and in the same position Sam and myself may have declined such a late change. 

As I say, these are my thought only and not those of the club but in an age where it’s obvious that winter weather is getting colder and wetter, having a field turf option may become a necessity rather than a luxury in future. 

We changed things around once again on the park yesterday but by the time the game finished everyone available other than Flocks (who misses next Saturday) got at least 30 minutes football. Despite going behind on the half hour we passed the ball really well for 90 minutes at a pace and tempo which pleased both Sam and myself. There is no doubt in my mind that working twice a week on an excellent surface doubled with the structured training exercises Mike puts the players through is showing dividends. Add to that the fact the squad of players are kept on their toes by a management team who don’t know their best starting 11 and you get a motivated group of individuals who try out of their skin when they get a starting jersey.

With Edinburgh losing yesterday to Glasgow in a British University cup competition our midweek league game against the students will go ahead but on Wednesday, not Tuesday as advertised. I’ll comment on the build up to that game on Tuesday morning.”


Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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