THAT which is left undone will tie you up in knots.
Leominster Town were due to play Stone last Saturday, but Stone didn’t want to play that day.
So Town sat Saturday out while St Martins, the side that (inexplicably) beat them 5-3 at Briarwood the previous Saturday lost 1-10 at their own home to Penncroft now just one place above them – on
Town are scraping their boots this Saturday too. Wem wanted to make the journey down from north Shropshire on the Wednesday instead.
Bello di notte – as they say in Serie A.
Wem will arrive on a run few saw coming, topping the table after a 0-2 win over Salopian rivals Haughmond having taken out title pacesetters Wyrley 2-3 away the previous Saturday.
The Saturday that Town should have been playing Stone who beat Wyrley 1-0 on the following Wednesday.
Town, though, needed the breather. Talk at Briarwood pre-season was of a top three finish, results so far have cheapened that talk.
The opening game at home to Shenstone was thrown away, but a 2-2 draw at least earned Town their only point. They made the best of a Tuesday night at Wyrley but went down 5-1 – to six shots on
Smethwick went one better, beating Town 6-1 with the Briarwood Boys broken by two goals either side of half-time.
Town then traded goals with St Martins in that 3-5 game but got the rough end of the deal, their inability to contain a lead costing them dear.
So, four games in, Town are on a single point with 18 goals against.
The question to be asked of Town, then, is not whether they can play at this level – they can. It’s how they adapt to playing at this level. Together, the Briarwood Boys pulled themselves out of a
tailspin that could have sent them down last season. Just four games into the new season and lying 15th in an 18 strong league they’ve got to do it all over again.
Right now though, they just want to get a game - their game - on.
See where this is going…