Guillem Balague: lessons from our FA Cup defeat

Biggleswade United Director of Football Guillem Balague and a young fan with the FA Cup PNL-150508-110928001
Biggleswade United Director of Football Guillem Balague and a young fan with the FA Cup PNL-150508-110928001

Our FA Cup dreams fell to earth with a bump last weekend against high-flying Grays Athletic although it’s fair to say the Essex side certainly needed a ‘Little’ help before managing to secure victory.

Ultimately it was the skill, guile and experience of the evergreen Glen Little – 39 years young, but still a class above anybody else on the pitch – that made the difference when he came on in the 75th minute.

The former Burnley and Reading man who has played in the Premier League, laid on three of his side’s four goals in the last quarter of an hour for a 5-0 scoreline that flattered the home side, who although clearly the better, certainly hadn’t look two divisions better than us.

But while a 5-0 defeat was a bitter pill to swallow, we move on, bloodied but unbowed and in the hope that we can learn something from this reversal. Saturday’s match was above all else an object lesson in the need to concentrate on the small details, the basics and remain focused for the whole 90 minutes.

Now, starting with the visit of Hadley this weekend, we need to focus all our efforts on winning the points that will see us climb up the league table.

That’s not to say that our hunt for trophies has finished for the season. On Tuesday we go to Harpenden Town in the SSML Challenge Trophy and on October 3 we face Leverstock Green in the FA Vase, effectively the present day version of the old Amateur Cup and the only realistic chance we have of ever playing at Wembley Stadium.

On that same day we are going to announce a brand new sponsorship deal with one of the world’s largest kit suppliers who will be in attendance along with various social media sites who will also be there to record the day. Watch this space.

Meanwhile our development side lost for the first time 3-0 to Hartley Wintney and this week face their own giant killing mission when they face Uxbridge who play a league above them in the League Cup.

This weekend our under 16 side’s campaign gets underway in the tough Eastern Junior Alliance League with a trip to AFC Dunstable and we are still keen to find new players and coaches to join us. Anyone interested should contact