We regret to announce that all fixtures for Norsemen have been Postponed
Returned post haste from La Belle France to be at Hydeside for our last games before Christmas.The first team once again having a much changed team from last week's unlucky defeat in the cup took on Carshalton who we had lost heavily to in the first game of the season. This was a game we should have won with two defensive mistakes costing us goals and us missing several good opportunities from close range the game ended in a 2-2 draw. In the world of three points for a win draws can be costly, let's hope they do not cost us dear later in the season.
Once again I must appeal for people to be available every week. We will get nowhere without this. What's the problem, we have great facilities, we have to create an environment where people take a pride in playing for our club, feel a sense of belonging and take a pride in our successes. Maybe we would be better off with disposing with our prima donnas and only selecting players who have demonstrated their desire to play with 100 per cent effort for our club.
The Reserves remain in deep trouble but were unlucky to lose 1-0 to the league leaders. The 3rd XI had trouble getting a representative team to travel south of the river and lost 5-1.The 4th XI had a good win keeping them top of the table, well done to them, they won the Presidents jug but as at 5.00pm there were only two present, the President decided to keep his money in his pocket the 5s & 6s were all defeated, not a good end to the year.
This is the halfway stage of the season it looks like we have a chance of one team reaching our goal of promotion to the first division and of one going down to the third division so we are just about holding our own nothing better.
I think it is a demonstration of where we are that we have no desire from the membership to arrange games over the next two weeks, we used to have wonderful days with three games played on Boxing Day which showed a lot of club spirit and some much needed income for the bar.
I would like to see our membership pick up the baton and get much more out of the club by way of more involvement which I am sure would lead to more success on the field
I am beginning to think I am beating my head against a brick wall in writing this column, so far it has produced nil feedback to various discussion points that I have put forward and most people don't seem to know where to find it on the web site.
However I am not easily discouraged and will continue to write it until I can see some stirring in the heart of the club to restore it to one of the best football and SOCIAL clubs in London.
To the playing side I watched the Reserve team go down to a disappointing defeat to fellow strugglers Old Stationers. To lose to a last minute goal after coming back from 3-1 down must have been hard to take but defensive errors cost us dear.
The 3rd XI team had a good win against a physical and noisy Merton team and the 4th XI continued their good form with a good win against Broomfield to remain top of the table, the 5th and 7th XIs lost their games but the winners of the JUG this week are the 6th XI who won away to Old Owens during which our fill in goalkeeper Jason Bush saved three penalties which must be some kind of record. It was good to see them return to the club to collect their jug which is the object of the exercise.
Graham Lewis was telling me that he attended a Youth Cup match between Arsenal and Torquay on Friday evening and both sides included former players from Norsemen Youth. It's good to know they are producing players of that standard hopefully a good number of those not quite up to that standard can find a home with us where they will enjoy good football, great facilities and an enjoyable day out.
Lets try and mark the upcoming two week winter break with an undefeated day next Saturday. COYN