Saturday - and the chums are on the road again but this time just down the A34 to Wallingford. It puts me in mind of Canned Heat ( sensational blues band of the 60's/70's) and their hirsute and obese leader Bob Hite (think ZZ Top) -
"I'm on the road again
The first time I travelled out in the rain and snow
I didn't have no woman
Nor even no place to go".
Well we have rain and snow and Stotty declares to anyone who chooses to listen that he has a woman and , maybe, even a place to go.
The top of the table is tight as a duck's posterior with a point or two separating the leading five teams - the chums are handily placed in third spot but this game represents a golden opportunity to pocket three points and fill our boots. A few goals would be very handy, further improve our already impressive goal difference and virtually be worth another point.
Wallingford, sadly, (cos they're a good bunch, it's not too far to drive, they provide curry for tea and have Doom Bar on tap) are rock bottom of the table, are missing Millsy their inspirational goalkeeper (the best goalie in the League apart from Fearless of course) who appears on crutches and are clearly short of a number of other regulars - some injured and others, apparently, skiing. So it is becoming increasingly apparent that many other clubs in this league, comme nous, are suffering unavailability issues - in fact the problem seems to be commonplace. On the other hand Maidenhead, another side in the leading pack, managed only a 2-1 win against them the previous week.
Once out on the pitch it is apparent that Wallingford have fairly modest ambitions with damage limitation being paramount. Despite the Wallingford bus being parked full square in their half the chums score goals at regular intervals and contrive to miss a few others as well. Their substitute keeper also has an outstanding game but it finishes 6-0 and gives the chums a goal difference of 29 for the season - miles ahead of anyone else. A very satisfactory afternoon's work which also propels the chums to the top of the league with a game in hand over all but one of the chasing pack.
Next week sees the visit of OMT. We owe them a seeing to after failing to perform at their place. I'm looking forward to it.
"And don't forget to Boogie." - Hite.
MoM - Connor Payne
DoD - I've forgotten.