“Fuck Setanta and fuck Tuesday’s” is what some wag behind me said as we left the Kassam on Tuesday with a 3-1 win.

Well exactly. And fuck financial problems. As unpleasant as our current off-the-field situation is, there is still no reason why we shouldn’t be able to compete with every other team in the division.

This was my previous assertion about 100% effort, 0% fear in action. Joe Burnell set an example with his scything tackle after 15 seconds. The burden of a booking of no consequence, when you’re setting a tone for your team. Constable and, in particular, Guy were tireless, every time they looked like they’d finally run out of steam, they’d spring to life and create more trouble. Brilliant.

So, what a difference a fit Billy Turley, Phil Trainer, Jamie Guy and James Constable make. What a difference an in-form Adam Murray and Chris Carruthers make. What a difference an unsuspended James Clarke and Luke Foster make.

Which is probably the biggest concern; getting their form, fitness and discipline on an even keel for enough of the season to make an impact.

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