A strange weekend

Posted on Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Yesterday was a strange day, in fact it’s been a strange past week…a ‘free week’ is not something you expect or budget for at this time of the season. On the back of our excellent cup win over Tynecastle, when some of our attacking play was excellent, we were left kicking our heels yesterday.

Although we had planned and hoped to play a friendly vs. ‘Nitten’ yesterday, for a number of different reasons we had a change of plan. One of those reasons was a season ending injury to Chris Flockhart. ‘Flocks’ has been in excellent form this past few months (despite playing with an injury for the past 6 weeks) and will be sorely missed. Fortunately, we have experienced and very capable back-up in Ross Gilpin, who played for our U21s midweek and is once again fit to play.

Of course, as with any situation when asked to consider “what could be good about this?” it’s always possible to come up with some answers. Players who have been playing whilst carrying knocks and strains enjoyed an opportunity to rest and recuperate. Others who were unavailable due to illness now have a chance to recover in time for the next game. Before that, Mark Whatley and Jack Beesley will both play on Wednesday night in the East of Scotland vs. Scottish Universities select game.

With no game and both Stirling Uni and ‘The Watt’ on the horizon, Zorro and I headed for Riccarton yesterday to witness Stirling win all 3 points through a Liam Corr strike. Considering the playing conditions I thought it was a good, honest and entertaining game. Anyone who thinks that the current Champs have given up the ghost (worse still, are in some kind of free-fall) does not know the people at the helm and/or the players…Stirling is a club full of pedigree and class. It was good to catch-up and see some old friends from University football yesterday.

Today is also about old friends. I hope ‘The Welfare’ lift the South Challenge Cup today. Why? Because Micky is a friend…the most successful manager in E of S football history has good staff and a pool of talented, experienced and hungry players at his disposal. It’s also a Club where I enjoyed the best years of my playing career. Peter, Andrew, Derek, Bowie, Fairman, Wallace and Tommy have all given up so much of their time…have invested so much of themselves, it would be great for all of them and all the other regular fans, if they can lift the cup today. Lastly, I believe it would be good for E of S football for the cup to remain in our league, so to speak.


Next Fixture

                     
Date: Saturday 13th April
Opponent: Stranraer FC
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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