Good afternoon and welcome to Mulberry Park for today’s penultimate league fixture of the season vs league leaders Harleston.
It’s testament to our whole squad that we go into today’s game knowing 3 points would leave us needing to beat Hellesdon next Friday night to secure the league title. Credit must also go to Harleston for their excellent season.
Regardless of today’s result, It’s important we must celebrate this season as a massive success, not only on the pitch but off it too. On the pitch, this campaign was a big challenge following our excellent first season in charge with a 3rd place finish and lifting the Mummery Cup. it was important we set optimistic objectives and these were to better our league position and secure 20 more points. If we reached these heights, we knew we’d be there or there abouts for the title. So far, we’ve secured 2nd and currently have 19 more points so we’d class this season as a big achievement.
Switching our focus back to today’s game, It’s refreshing we go in as the underdogs given we’ve trailed Harleston all season and the pressure solely sits with them to secure some silverware. It’s a nice feeling we’ve managed to compile a team with zero player budget, just a bunch of lads hungry to succeed for each other. In fact, we’ve used 10 players less than any other team which shows the level of commitment our small squad has shown, not only for matchdays but for training too. The lads rarely miss a session which makes our job a lot easier!
We’ve always said investment must always go into the club’s facilities and youth structure to ensure long term sustainability for the village. This paid off when we received the news we met the correct ground grading to ensure we’ll play in the Thurlow Nunn league structure next season, for the first time in the club’s history. Thanks must go to the volunteers who work tirelessly for the club.
On the injury front, it’s a massive blow that keeper Tom Wright and I (Ben) won’t play in today’s game following a hamstring injury at Beccles last Saturday. Well, that is if Tim Sheppard didn’t work his magic this week! Other than that, we have a fully fit squad with everybody raring to go.
The only thing left for us to say is, enjoy today’s game, grab a drink from the Tea Hut and head over to the BBQ for a hot dog or burger!
Win, lose or draw, see you in the social club for a beer afterwards!
Ben & Danny #MWFC