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The Luke Graham Blog: Planes, trains and automobiles...in the snow
10:01am Wednesday 6th February 2013 in Sport
LET’S hope that’s the last of the snow!
Everyone loves a cheeky “snowed in” day off, yet for a footballer it’s been an unofficial winter break.
It’s the time of the year where the gaffer gets text messages from players using dodgy photos from Google images; driveways covered in snow and cars unable to drive us in.
Successful attempts to commute from Northampton to Hereford have been comical and dangerous.
At one point, Chris Carruthers’ “black bullet” (Peugeot 206) was really put to the test on a late Sunday afternoon, we were stuck in a snowstorm.
We had discussed that we didn’t want to be one of those people you see on the news, stranded on the motorway, already.
Well it was nearly us. It took us more than four hours and I thought we were in a moving Igloo at one point!
It really was planes, trains and automobiles and, you’re right, CC does look like John Candy… Safe to say, we stayed over a lot in Hereford over the past three weeks in a stationary Igloo.
We stay in a converted garage in “the house” and let’s just say there are a few drafts coming under the doors… Wrapped up like mummies in our single beds, move an arm out of the cover and frost bite would strike!
A few extra nights over in Hereford didn’t do us any harm and the Costa Coffee club was growing in numbers, too.
The snow always brings the motorists who believe their car can become a jet ski, doesn’t it.
Well those expensive Mercedes cars, with rear-wheel drive, didn’t get Harry Pell and Josh O’Keefe very far; it couldn’t get them out the Hereford car park!
One car that did make it out was Joe Heath’s “Silver Peugeot bullet”, although when a few of us saw it going down the hill in reverse, we had to get out and push him.
The biggest snow fight happened while I was resting a sore back and I’m devastated I missed out on the fun.
Harry Pell got slaughtered by the lads and rightly so; he is always talking himself into trouble.
He had a few war wounds and took being hammered by snow balls and piled on in the snow very well; we wish him and Will Evans well in their respective moves.
Finally, we got to play another game and credit to everyone who has helped with our pitch.
But it was another draw at home, which is frustrating as we have managed to score a few goals, at last.
Our last three games at home could have easily yielded nine points and every goal we have conceded has been of our own doing.
That’s frustrating, more than anything, and the league table could look so much different.
James Bittner has had some good games for us this season yet will accept that he could have done better for a few of the goals recently.
He was dropped on Saturday and it just shows you that the individual errors need to stop, as it can cost you your place.
I thought young Kingsley James had a good debut and hope he can get the midfield going again with the departures we have had.
With the amount of matches left, I’m relishing the games coming thick and fast.
If we can get back to winning ways at Braintree, then that confidence can be taken straight into Tuesday’s game, and so on.
In this league, a few wins can shoot you up the table and we are still unbeaten this year so far, so we want it to stay that way.
The football club had a successful day hosting ‘Dignity Day’ in the Starlite Room and many people came to support.
I was chosen to speak on behalf on the club and, of course, I was a little nervous beforehand, especially when the lads were seen at the back of the room.
I got my points across and was told I represented the club well, yet the real hero of the day was Simon Weston.
A true inspiration to us all.