Late leveller silver lining to bad week
WITH virtually the last kick of the game Jason Oswell sent the County faithful home from Darlington’s Blackwell Meadows Rugby Stadium with a wry smile on their faces.
That one moment, that one shot was without doubt the highlight of the football week! A week that promised so much but for the very large part failed to deliver.
Let’s go back a few days. Last Saturday we threw away a threegoal half time advantage to FCUM.
That in itself was both hard to digest and unforgivable but we were still in the Cup and had a second chance on Tuesday night at Broardhurst Park to make amends, we were still favourites and after all, lightning doesn’t strike twice.
There was a healthy following in the away end. However, on the pitch things didn’t look so good Oswell, Clarke, Minihan, Duxbury and Warburton were all missing – five of our best players out due to injury (Matty Warburton while washing his hair apparently !!!! ) which meant a much changed side but still we had a decent chance to progress.
It didn’t take too long before things swung our way. The home side seemed intent on handing the tie to us, on a plate.
They committed foul after foul that led to one, then TWO red cards in the first half hour. On the terrace we were making plans for the next round, enjoying life and already lapping up the victory in what would surely be a County victory that would last in the memory for years to come.
What happened will go down in folk law as one of the lowest points in County history.
I’ve witnessed defeats and horror shows the length and breadth of the country, Caernarvon, Staines, Grantham – but none like this.
We were useless, gutless, clueless, it was embarrassing and the FC support, quite rightly took the mickey.
Is this the same team that just a few weeks earlier hammered six past Southport and four past North Ferriby? It was hard to believe.
There was no direction from the touchline, no leadership on the pitch, it was in truth a total failure from all concerned, as I said, an embarrassment all round.
On Saturday, at Darlington, I was hoping for a reaction, I got one but had to wait until the 90th minute for it.
The game was looking like a training session for much of the afternoon. They scored thanks to Scott Duxbury’s attempted clearance beating Hinchliffe at the near post while we had to wait for the last 20 minutes before we got into any real rhythm.
Ben McKenna came on and duly delivered some pace that ultimately led to Oswell finding the net.
It’s been a hard week and I’m hoping Jim has learnt something about his squad.