THE INSIDER: A point gained

What a shame that this spell of cold weather has arrived and caused chaos amongst the sporting world.

Its no surprise that our last two games have fell by the wayside and need to be rearranged. I know that Yarmouth did all they could last weekend to try and get the game on but its fair to say that their weather has been worse on the east coast than it has over here and I know that takes some believing! As soon as I saw what the London and south east corner had in the way of snowfall it came as no surprise that the FA Vase game was going the same way as loads of other fixtures for the weekend.

The Norfolk Senior Cup game is now due to take place on the 7th and the FA Vase game the 11th. The forecast for the next few days is for this cold weather to continue so things will be getting really serious if the games continue to be postponed. Of course nothing can be done about it but when we get round to the months of March and April its going to be sometimes three games - maybe four - a week. That will be a test.

Looking at things from a financial point there have been no games at The Walks for the first team since mid-November and if things carry on as they are we could be looking at New Year's Day before we see a return to action. That is not good news because the bills will keep coming in just as they do for me and you regardless of the weather.

Still, as people keep reminding me its now winter so what are we complaining about. I managed to get over to St Ives for as it's turned out, our last bit of action a fortnight ago and what a game that was. The conditions were difficult but it was really like a cup tie with both teams really going for it. The play was switching from end to end and it was good to see both sides really going for it throughout and throwing caution to the wind. Some will say a couple of points dropped but for me it was one gained because we could have easily lost that game. In my opinion the draw was the fairest result. Well done to both teams for putting on a great advert for UCL football.


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Not such a good advert at St Andrews last week as Birmingham City and Aston Villa fans were involved in some ugly scenes following the home team's league cup win over the old enemy. I was of the impression that all of that kind of thing had all stopped a while ago. Apparently not. The police looked to have done a marvellous job in containing the trouble to what they did but the sight of plastic seats flying through the air and angry faces full of hatred just wanting to scrap brought all the memories of yesteryear flooding back.

I don't for one minute think that had anything to do with England not winning the bid to stage the 2018 World Cup but you had better believe that all off those people able to vote last Thursday would have known all about what happened last Wednesday evening. Yes, I love my football and I reckon I always will but to see that kind of thing and people getting themselves into such a state about what should be a sporting event between teams takes some believing. Grow up and get real.

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Keep warm in this weather.

Mark

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