It’s good to look forward, but equally so, reflection is also important. Certainly as far as the weekend is concerned, looking back to the Connah’s Quay Nomads’ game, the result brings much satisfaction.
Prior to kick-off, with so much at stake, I felt a tinge of nervousness. Although we are just one-third of the way through the season, the last thing you want to be doing is playing catch-up against a side of the Nomads’ stature.
They have improved very much in recent years and without doubt are the main contenders to the throne that The New Saints has occupied for the last seven seasons.
The most important thing for me personally was to avoid defeat. To go one better – and with a 3-0 scoreline as well – was brilliant. Although we are very fair on TNS Radio and always show the opposition respect, nevertheless we got very excited when the goals went in.
Watching the players on the pitch as they battled away and gave their all made me so proud of them. In my five seasons at the club I have seen players come and go and from a personal perspective that includes individuals that you get on very well with.
This is football though and the nature of the beast. You have to live for the moment and enjoy what’s happening right now and I certainly did that on Saturday.
Looking ahead? Well, I most certainly hope that this is now the time that the team pushes on and extends the lead at the top. We all need the challenge of ‘rivals’ in life to motivate us but only in the context that we become better not beaten.
By the way, I hope you like the new website feature called Five Talking Points. Here’s the one from the weekend’s game.
Lead image: Action from the weekend’s game, courtesy of Brian Jones.