Saturday really was a day to forget....
Belper Town 1 - 5 Quorn FC
Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 4 Plymouth Argyle.
We saw the game at Belper and it was, overall, a pretty poor show. With the exception of 3 or 4 players, the team showed no enthusiasm, endeavour, commitment or spirit.
Bear in mid Quorn had won only 7 games all season before this. It didn't help that early on, skipper Jon Froggatt crashed in a shot which came down off the underside of the bar and bounced up safely into the keepers arms. Something told me then that this wasn't to be our day but I didn't expect the display we got.
One of the very few positives from the game is the performance of Aaron Pride and Cameron Martin who came on a second half subs. Aaron has been warming the bench recently following a 3-match suspension but after the second half yesterday - I don't see how he can be dropped again!
Cameron Martin is a young lad from the Belper reserve side. He worked hard in the second half and tried to keep up with Jon 'Frogba' Froggatt who once again led by example with little or no support.
Aside from Jon, Lee Thompson and Nick Darker are about the only two of the other players who emerged from this disappointing display with any sort of credit.
The contrast between the two teams was interesting - every time a Belper player had the ball, he was immediately pressed, harried and hurried by at least 2 Quorn players. Our boys often stood and watched (seemingly in awe!) whilst the ball was brought under control or headed clear.
The extent of the disappointment was summed up for me by Captain Jon Froggatt as he left the pitch. He said, as he removed the captains armband "Nobody else cares!" A damning indictment.
Disappointment etched on Nailers faces as they left the pitch.
Anyway - if you want to see the action (or lack of it in Belper's case) Tim "Snapper" Harrison's record is here:
I took about 150 pictures and have had a quick look through - but to be frank - I really can't be arsed to make an album this week.
That's basically all you're getting this Sunday. Next week is busy - Monday evening I'm to be at Manchester airport to collect two visitors from Canada and I have to return them to the airport by 4:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. Not much chance of getting back to Sheffield to collect the Duchess and get down to Belper to see the semi-final of the President's Cup - Belper v Newcastle Town. That might not be a bad thing if the team performs as it did on Saturday!
Main highlight of next week comes on Friday when our son arrives at Manchester airport for a brief visit to see a mate who has a bit of a problem. I've booked a day off and will collect him cos that is probably about all we'll see of him before he heads back to Rotterdam on Sunday or Monday.
Thing is - a lousy weekend makes Monday morning even more of a drag although I guess it's a bit sad that a 61-year old bloke has his duck knocked so far off by a couple of football results! But - isn't that what being a footy fan is all about?
'Til next time mes amis......