GB on Player News and County Cup Exit

‘I was really disappointed that Saturday’s game against Aveley was off to put us even further behind on fixtures but we now find ourselves with a minimum of 3 games in hand and still holding on to a play off spot.

In fact, Saturday’s postponement turned out to be fortunate for both Darren Locke and Luke Woods who would have struggled after going down with the flu and couldn’t train with rest of the squad.

Kieron saw a surgeon this morning (Saturday) and was given the all clear on his fractured knee cap. Great news and he trained with the rest of us this afternoon and look forward to getting him back to fitness in the next 3 or 4 weeks. The long lay off has also helped with goalkeeper Sean Thomas, who trained for the first time today after fracturing his fingers in November.

Congratulations to Luke Woods who has been informed that he has been selected to play for the English Universities Team and I am delighted for him to gain this honour. It will mean however that he will miss a few games for us at the end of January and beginning of February.

In a game that has already been cancelled 4 times already, we look forward to playing again with the visit of Uxbridge in the Middlesex Senior Cup on Tuesday. I think the County must seriously look at the competition rules for next season after seeing so many senior clubs in the area putting out under strength teams this season. I believe this once prestigious competition is being devalued simply because of the amount of games being played at this stage of the campaign coupled with most clubs priority being focussed on the league. Maybe an earlier starting date for the competition would help because most clubs have larger squads in early season, as well as usually having a number of free midweeks available. I also think being able to use all 5, or even 5 from 7 substitutes, would help clubs manage the time players are on the pitch as well as being able to give youngsters valuable experience. Another possibility, is that prior to each tie, and with the agreement of both managers, extra time should be abandoned which would enable the tie going straight to penalties. I fully realise it is an old established trophy and difficult to change the rules, but I believe adjustments need to be made if senior clubs are going to continue seeing this as an important competition in the future..

I’ve got withdrawal symptoms with all these weeks with no football!!!’.