K&P FC: A slip in our standards
ROYALS REVIEWTHE defeat at Wisbech last Saturday was disappointing.After the previous defeat to CRC in midweek had finished off any chances of competing for the title, it was a disappointing day all round.
THE defeat at Wisbech last Saturday was disappointing.
After the previous defeat to CRC in midweek had finished off any chances of competing for the title, it was a disappointing day all round.
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Everything about the game, from when we left the club to the time we got to the match itself, the attitude was not right. The problem is that now we're in fourth, which is a great achievement in itself as it will be our highest-ever league finish, we technically can't finish third or fifth.
But we need to keep the high standards we set ourselves and on Saturday I felt we let that slip - and the lads know that.
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Wisbech are a difficult side, who play route one with a big, strong outfit. Saturday's pitch was the worst we've played on all season - but that is no excuse, you have to deal with that and we didn't!
Nothing went right for us on the day. We were 2-0 down after ten minutes and no-one seemed to be able to lift it after that.
We had a strong line-up, having mixed the side up again with two changes, but no-one seemed to be able to pull the side around after the start we had.
We got back into the game with a penalty from Woody and that galvanised us a bit, but we never reached the levels we are used to.
We did battle to the end after they made it 3-1 early in the second half, and Liam and Nathan went close but the game became a bit of a stalemate.
It was one of those days and we'll put this behind us now. We've three difficult league games to go now - starting with a tough trip to Mildenhall tomorrow.
We then have Needham Market next Wednesday, who are still playing for the title, before we finish the league campaign at home to Ely on May 1.
We then have the cup final and we know it is all to play for, with a place in the starting 11 up for grabs. Ian Dawson is likely to miss out tomorrow with a slight pull, while Dave Tarawalli - who was due to return in the week - is still stuck in Ethiopia amid all the air chaos.
The important thing for us now is that we know our big game is the cup final - but we have three big matches before that in the space of a week and as a management team we'll have to be careful in our selections.
To finish fourth will be a massive achievement for the club, and it is also a season in which we've reached the furthest we've ever got in all the cups.
The lads have done extremely well and a lot of people forget just how young these players are - so putting all those things into consideration it has been a really good season.
James Hutchinson and the reserves have also done a fantastic job this season, and next week they can secure promotion to the premier league, which will be fantastic for them and the whole club - they've done really well.
Mark Boggis was speaking to Jon Reynolds