Walsall- where our promotion hopes said, “tarra for a bit?”
A full CTSA coach left the Broadfield at 10.15am last Saturday bound for the Midlands. To many on the coach a journey to Birmingham was just a sunday afternoon drive. The now familiar route around the M25 and up the M40 was covered with out fuss or hold ups. Richie Barker had billed the match as the “first of ten cup finals”, as he still feels that CTFC have some kind of slim chance of making that last play off place. Regular readers will know that I feel the same way however after our draw at Yeovil my resolve is somewhat diminishing.
After a truly forgettable opening period when we only had one shot, Proctor (50 mins) got the party started with a stunning strike. Then we scored a really rare scruffy poachers goal when Hayes (70mins) followed up and reacted first to a loose ball. The 140 of us all went mad at that point and most of the players came over to celebrate with the now regular away follower Reginald the Red. For the next twenty mins everything was rosy in the garden and even when the Saddlers scored a ‘consolation’ goal spirits were at fever pitch. BUT our world caved in when on the stroke of full time a cross from the left was left unchecked to roll to the back stick and their striker joyously prodded home. SILENCE !
Understandably the ride home was pretty flat getting back to base around 8pm. Sorry for such a downbeat report today but it reflects the disappointment of a lousy, wet and expensive day out.