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Tractor Tales - November 4th

2 weeks ago By Stephen King

A series of personal thoughts from the seat of the tractor.

By Aiden Mynott


When do you be blunt and inconsiderate, instead of choosing your words carefully so as not to offend? A question, which can cause debate for many an hour. Do you act promptly or take your time and think an action through to its conclusion? That’s 2 questions and I can go on but I won’t.

I have watched the last 4 games, which have consisted of 3 defeats and one draw. The defeats have involved 14 goals being conceded. I know it sounds that the defence never turned up. However in all 3 of those defeats the team was never completely out of the game until the last 20 minutes. If the team is working as a group and has been unlucky in periods of the game, then perseverance is required. If it is clear there is a game plan and gradual improvements in the group appear each time then again it’s fine. When I was Chairman one season we lost our first 9 games, but then all of sudden the group clicked and we finished 8th.

However on Saturday, I saw a team lacking confidence in certain areas. I saw a team who were not prepared to get players in the box. I also saw glimpses of what I had seen in 3 previous games. In fact for the first 20 minutes of the second half we looked the team in the higher division not our opponents. This was emphasized by the frustration and anguish of their Manager on the touch line.

However at that point we conceded a third goal. Then the Manager declared that as far as we were concerned the game was over, by substituting our 3 most effective players. I found this as hurtful as losing to Hertford. It was clear to all, players and fans that any intention of forcing a possible draw was not intended. To my generation all games are important. There is no such thing as a Mickey Mouse competition. Winning is a habit and there are no excuses for not attempting to win every game in my book.

We are back to the questions. How do you renew confidence? How do you motivate your team? Again if I knew the answers Ware would be playing in the Football League alongside Stevenage, who we were playing 25 years ago in the same Division. I know and understand he who pays the piper calls the tune. So here is the last question. Is it time to change the tune?


And on that bomb shell

Updated 18:55 - 7 Nov 2017 by Stephen King

Where next?

In memoriam. At this time of remembrance we recall those members of the club who died in the armed forces.
Ronnie Buckingham dates for 2018 Further evenings with the sublime medium Ronnie Buckingham have been booked for 22 March 2018 & 1 November 2018!

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