Good Evening everybody and a warm welcome to Ricky Cornish, the players, staff and officials of Mildenhall Town FC again for tonight's league fixture.
We were delighted to get through to the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday and were made to work to the 95th minute to see the game through, something we know our opponents will ensure we have to do again as they re-visit this evening. It is always difficult playing a team in quick succession as both groups know so much more about one another, and with the energy exerted from both sets of players on Saturday, on a bone dry pitch, makes tonight an even tougher mental and physical challenge, with only two days recovery.
We give fitness tests to two tonight, who we hope will come through to go again this evening, but with our schedule this month being so relentless we have and will continue to freshen up the side when we feel it's required. This can sometimes mean leaving players out to be rested on the back of good performances, both individually and collectively, in order to maintain our current good form.
It was sad to see the passing of Jimmy Greaves at the weekend, and whilst aware of his goalscoring exploits, it was only when reading his obituries it dawned on me the extent of his goal scoring records for clubs and country. Often the game gets compared to then and now, but I can't help thinking that with the difference in balls, pitches, refereeing, training, sports science and not having centre backs allowed to kick lumps out of you, Jimmy would have scored even more goals in the modern era. This would have of course made him comparable to only Messi and Ronaldo, but with better game to goal ratios and of course in the Premier League. I'll let you decide his market value in today's game over a half time cup of tea, but make sure it has nine digits! Rest in Peace Jimmy.