But the spirit in camp was positive. We had all accepted that it would be a tough opening and we now had experience in this league to know that it was a long season. A couple of new recruits from Loughborough Uni, including David Shotton, Nathan Lamden and Jimmy ’The Boot’ Fouracre made an immediate impact in a commanding 28-10 win. It also happened to me my first game back in the black and gold. I suppose it would be wrong to claim full responsibility for turning the team’s fortunes around but…;-)
Winning is definitely a habit and once we had broken our duck we put together a string of excellent results, including home wins against Basingstoke, Bracknell and away at Havant. There was an away loss to league favourites Barnes but an encouraging fight back restored some pride and gave us plenty of positives to move on from (oops…couple of clichés in there sorry!)
Next up was a trip away to Gravesend where we faced my old scrum half from Uni John Clement. Although it was certainly good to see him again, the game was a bit of a horror show. We started well but suffered from ‘Arsenal-itis’ of trying to be too elaborate. For all our possession and domination in the first half, we didn’t get enough points on the board and promptly capitulated to a 34-21 loss in the last five minutes.
Another debilitating loss at home to huge local rivals Bishops Stortford meant that heads were starting to drop again.
|The crazy state of the pitch at Diss|