My last column was very subdued after three tough losses; however I’m feeling more optimistic now! The last two games have undoubtedly been better from the lads. Nico has tinkered with the formation, and gone back to three in midfield. This has stiffened up the team, and taken away the soft centre that was in place before. Meanwhile Brett in attack has merited his recall to the first XI.
The second half of the Gateshead game was as memorable as the first was forgettable! Goals and near misses galore; how the away team didn’t score more was down to some desperate challenges, one stupendous save from Brendan and the woodwork standing firm when we needed it most!
The smart finish from Williams to finish the game was probably one of my high points of the season. The expectation of a disappointing last-minute equaliser is always high on Bristow’s, so when the points were wrapped up it was celebration time. In fact my dad celebrated so keenly, he almost pulled us both into the row behind! Silly really, but being a ‘Gulls’ fan you have to enjoy those moments when you can.
It just reminded me why we continue to turn up and get back on the TUFC rollercoaster ride. For moments like that, when your team wins against the odds and sends you home with a smile on your face!
I just wish that big Aaran hadn’t got crocked. It put a spoiler on a nice afternoon, and to hear he’ll be out for a year is gutting for all concerned. He really fitted in perfectly, so by the way did Hodgkiss at right back. I marked him down as my man of the match; tidy in possession, competitive and a communicator. Just the sort of assets we need at the moment.
Last Saturday was more frustration away from home. Déjà vu really as an early goal and yet another penalty did for us again. If we had a club record for giving penalties away in one season, then it would surely be broken by now! Up the other end we could have had a penalty ourselves, but sometimes you just have to ignore what goes against you and take destiny into your own hands. Sadly we just aren’t there yet.
Still, it’s time to put things right this afternoon and I think the lads have got their game faces back on after the early-January rut. We have a good record against Macclesfield, so no reason that can’t continue. Hopefully Fitzy will treat us to a farewell goal, and help us bag another three points.
Come on you yellows!
Bristow’s Bench Season Ticket Holder