The First Team managed to keep our treble hopes alive last night with a battling draw at Slimbridge...a result good enough to put us in the Final of the Challenge Cup on May 6th. It's a superb achievement by Stuart and the lads - we've hardly had it easy in the competition this season with away ties at Carterton and North Leigh and the semi-final draw put us against arguably the 'form' side in the Premier League since Christmas.
I didn't manage to get to the game so I won't offer any thoughts on individual performances over there. I was, however, watching the Reserves play Wootton Bassett at the Loop and I'm glad I did. Mark Janes's team are excellent to watch, play the game in the right way and the match was terrific. Bassett (I think) had first team players in their line-up and it showed. It was a tasty game with tackles flying in and every challenge competed as if the League title depended upon it - we ran out 2-1 winners. Mark's team revolves around Rod Dorrian and Mani Wango in midfield - they would both do a job in the Premier Division and therein lies the success of the reserve team this year. Last night Glyn Jones scored the best goal I've seen this season - a 35 yard volley which went in off the underside of the bar. The winner was a tap-in from Billy Warner who has scored a hatful for the Reserves and Youths. Clearly Billy has ability, he has good pace and he is now filling-out a bit which makes him stronger on the ball. He looks a good prospect but needs a bit of composure which will come with age.
The Reserves are just one win away from securing the Division One title and on last night's evidence it would be a trophy that they thoroughly deserve.