A midweek win away at Waltham Forest could not arrest our inexorable slide out of the play-off places.  The Saturday game at Grays Atheletic was always going to be a tricky fixture and finished as a 2-1 defeat and it’s fair to say that allowing Great Wakering to turn us over at home the previous weekend was a sign of the team’s current loss of league form.   Looking at the last 6 fixtures of the regular season does not hold out much hope for a climb back into the play-offs.   Every match will be a ‘must win’ which become’s problematical when you consider that we face Needham Market on April 12th.    Our only hope there lies in their recent slight drop in form, only managing a draw against Ilford, who are currently just off the bottom of the table.   I wouldn’t count on them doing us a similar favour – earlier in the season they were hammering goals in for fun and a return to such a streak of form for the last few games is not impossible given a 7-0 thrashing of Stowmarket recently in a friendly (they have time to play friendlies in mid-season?)!

Bottom of the table Waltham Forest should be a game we can win when they visit but an away game against Heybridge Swifts would not be one I’d bet on for a victory.  Cheshunt were under strength when we beat them away, they may be a different proposition when they visit us.   Thamesmead away is another difficult match but the last match of the season is against Brentwood, ironically, the only one that might be considered a 6-pointer depending upon the results around us and in our previous 5 matches.  Our involvement in the play-off’s might come down to that final game if all the other results go our way and the teams immediately above us suffer some poor results.   I suspect in reality our goose has already been cooked.

The one thing that might turn the season back in our favour would be a win in the final of the Ryman League Cup tomorrow night.   The confidence boost would be tremendous both for the team and the supporters.   But, whatever else it achieves, a win tomorrow would at least mean that we have something to show for a season which has seen some excellent performances from the team and it will be the first piece of silverware for many a long year…

Come on you Blues!

All thoughts expressed are my own and do not represent the views of Wingate & Finchley FC.

UnisonOver 250,000 people – the Police confirm – marched through central London today to protest about the government spending cuts which threaten to decimate the jobs of workers in the public sector.   We as a family were amongst them, marching with my wife’s PCS colleagues past the Houses of Parliament and up Whitehall.

Whilst the government are keen to stress that they are clearing up the previous government’s mess, they seem to conveniently sweep under the carpet the involvement of the banks and their greed that brought about a collapse of the global economy.   David Cameron in particular seems to feel that there should be no retribution on the greedy people who got the western world into this mess – he prefers taking it out on the poor instead.   I guess that is understandable as he is a Conservative Prime Minister and therefore has to ensure that the cream gets to the fat cats.   What Nick Clegg’s excuse is though, I’m not sure.   I wonder if this brief moment at the pinacle of UK politics will see the Lib Dems consigned to the same percentage of the vote as the Monster Raving Loony Party in the future – those who trusted them to bring change will probably have difficulty doing so again!

Even Old Heroes, Gurkha on Victoria EmbankmentSo – how was the march?   Noisy, friendly and colourful.   Among the various civil servants, nurses, firemen and other public servants, there was even a small contingent of retired Ghurka soldiers, which was a surprise (I’m pleased that they weren’t in charge of crowd pacification!). There were people of all ages from babies in buggies to the elderly with their walking sticks and some wheelchair jockey’s determined to show their feelings.Can't Hear The Police on the main march must have had a relatively relaxing day – I spoke to some in passing and everyone was friendly.  Even had a joke with a couple of officers outside the National Gallery…We were looking at the particulary heavy scaffolding outside and agreed that none of us would ever understand Modern Art 😉 Any issues? – not on the genuine march, though I understand that some sicko’s took advantage of the Police watching us to launch attacks on shops in Oxford Street and Piccadilly. These people are a disgrace and probably are too stupid to realise that they provide an easy get out for the very people who they are against by allowing them to pull the anti-thuggery card.

Also outside the National Gallery and a pleasant surprise for me was a Routemaster, there with the Kindness Offensive.  You can catch up with what they’re about on their site.Kindness Offensive, RCL2259 I didn’t need any hugs, a Routemaster always makes me feel good!