Posts Tagged ‘football league trophy’

Cups Run Dry

16 December, 2008

cup_brokeThat’s the end of the cup stuff for another season.  Yet another one-nil result, but the wrong way round this time.  In the words of the singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves, ‘Broke down, cracked and shattered, left in pieces like it never even mattered’. Yes, that’s the Paint Pot Trophy for you.  Now that we are out of the competition it’s easy to say it wasn’t worth winning anyway, and there’s always the old cliché – we can concentrate on the league.  How we need to concentrate on the league. Hang on though, we’re still in the Essex Senior Cup.  In reality we should win that every year if we field our first eleven players, except that we use it to give match practice to the subs bench and walking wounded on their return to fitness.  We’ve reached the quarter finals, where we have been drawn at home to Hornchurch.  Perhaps I’ll stick the cup back together for that campaign.

Now for the really exciting news.  This Saturday will bring a great opportunity if results go our way.  We just need Hartlepool to beat Southend on Friday evening and then a win for ourselves at home to Scunnie will put us above the South Essex outfit on goal difference.  Now that woud be something to shout about.  Something to get excited about even.  It would raise the stakes on the whole season so far.

Good luck to Luton in the Trophy.  They need something to raise their spirits this Chrsitmas.

Cherries Pipped

6 November, 2008

trophyAnother 1-0 win in the Paint Pot Trophy.  It’s getting repetitive, since this is the third consecutive result by this scoreline in this competition, but I have to say it’s good match practice for the lads.   Especially good is the fact that the new boy Williams (no relation) scored the winner.  While we haven’t been slow in scoring goals recently we do have some problems up front with injuries and consistency.  As I’ve said here before I’d rather have extra points in the league than a good cup run, but it is something encouraging for us fans to be cheering.

Next on the agenda is another cup match, at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday.  Our first home cup match at Cuckoo Farm and maybe, just maybe another historic FA Cup run is about to start?

Cup Run Continues

7 October, 2008

Like many others I’d rather trade this cup run for some league results, although I have to confess that the Cup runs in 2006 were inspired by a team performing in the league as well, resulting in promotion. Perhaps we can take heart from that, but a 1-0 away win at League Two Gillingham for the second time this season doesn’t really do anything for my thoughts on the general state of the club. An occasional set piece goal from an individual who does little else for the team isn’t going to translate into points when we need them, unless of course the defence plays a blinder week after week.

A couple of away games coming up during a period when we will finally get to see who has been chosen as the replacement for GW. PP is not my first choice, even though it seems he might be available and there is an increasing voice in favour. Although AC might be good for us I can’t see him dropping this low so soon after leaving the Premiership. There are loads of other contenders out there who I’d also not want to see at the club, like IH who talks too much, or TS who didn’t make enough of an impression here as a player. What the players need is someone to give them a good roasting. Now, there’s an idea – Gary Rhodes. He’s free now that he’s been ‘released’ from Strictly Come Dancing! We could do worse, couldn’t we?

More Cup Football

2 September, 2008

Resorted to a combination of occasional radio updates (BBC Essex) and text snippets on the ‘match centre’ via Football365.com for this Football League Trophy match. Is this a cup worth getting excited about? Well yes, since we got to the final a few years back (1997) and enjoyed a Wembley visit – even though we didn’t enjoy the result. It’s supposed to be a chance for the two lower leagues to earn some more revenue from the extra games but in reality I reckon they make a loss with very low attendances (2,456 tonight). The early rounds are also used to give a few players some much needed match practice, unless of course you get through to the later rounds when it becomes a matter of pride that you’re on a cup run and suddenly it’s as important as any other competition.

It does have the advantage of adding some extra rivalry to the league matches as there’s a good chance of playing teams from your own division. Of course there’s also the extra fun of watching Leeds United playing for a trophy that they clearly think is beneath them. In its early days this trophy was won by current Premier League clubs Wigan, Bolton and Stoke, so it hasn’t done them any harm.

It’s getting a bit like cricket now in a way. They have 20, 40 and 50 over competitions and 4 day games mixed up throughout the summer. We’ve already had League Cup, League One and Trophy matches (in our 7 games to date), with the FA Cup to come in November. Maybe they could do a Twenty20 here and make the Trophy into a 6-a-side competition of 2 x 20 minutes and played on a regional league basis, with a finals day at Wembley. Then it really would be a fitness test for bit-part players. Actually I can see some specialist 6-a-side players evolving. We’ve got several players who only make an effort for part of the game anyway – it would suit them down to the ground. I’m sure every club has got some of these too.

So, another first round away cup win, with a clean sheet. Exactly the same as in the League Cup. That was a Tuesday night as well.