Cup Exit Not The End Of The World For M&T
Adam Dennehey makes a welcome return to Under The League, this time examining why a heartbreaking penalty defeat in the FA Cup might not be as bad as it seems for Maldon & Tiptree FC.
Originally this article would have been a piece about Maldon & Tiptree’s progress through to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup. It would have been a short piece about why that feat wouldn’t have surprised me, after all I do know several of their players and coaches quite well.
However it turns out Terry Spillane’s boys went out heartbreakingly 9-8 on penalties last night to Steve Witherspoon’s Brentwood Town after a 1-1 draw after extra time.
So there will be no magical Cup run for Spilllane’s men who were looking to match Redbrifge’s famous Cup run from last season. Is this the end of the world for them? In all honesty in the long-run this might, just might, be a blessing in disguise for them.
As annoyed as I know Spillane and his team will be about going out of the world’s greatest Cup competition, they have a league season to fully focus on now and after narrowly missing out on the play-offs last year whilst at Redbridge, there’s no reason why M&T cannot secure a play-off place at least this season.
They have a great squad, great coaches and a great set-up. I tipped them to win the play-offs this season and I still stand by that and back them to win promotion this season. Yes fans may just state that they are Redbridge’s team of 2011 but in Ollie Berquez, Jamie Guy and Dave Wareham they have 3 proven-players at this level.
During Barkingside’s Essex Senior Cup defeat last week to Bowers & Pitsea, I spoke to Joe Ellul who has re-signed for our tenants this season. Joe played well for Redbridge last season after joining us half-way through the season and is a hungry young footballer who whilst being capable of playing up-front is an incredibly brave and reliable centre-half.
Joe was telling me that he has seen M&T several times this season and before I could even ask him what players had impressed him, he spoke very highly about one individual in particular.
The name of this individual is Jamie Guy, a talented forward who is coming back from suffering a broken leg. He has already scored 8 goals this season forming a devastating partnership up-top with James ‘grandson of Jimmy Greaves’ Robinson with the duo having already scored 15 goals this season.
Clearly if you have a partnership as good as that in the Ryman League you will have a good season. What’s also important is a good team-spirit and that’s something that Spillane promised to me in an interview at the start of last season that Redbridge would have.
Perhaps it was because I enjoyed the football so much last season that instead of scuttling off home after a game at 5.15pm, quite often at home games I’d stay until 5.45pm enjoying the banter amongst the squad whilst asking messrs Spillane, George and Brown any football-related question I could think of.
So to supporters of M&T, you may be hurting about losing last night. But in the long-run now you will not have to put up with a congested fixture-schedule meaning your players will be fitter as a result. You will win a lot of games from now until the end of the season and even if you don’t go up (which is something that I can’t see happening!) you will at the very least be seeing a great enjoyable brand of football every week.
Thanks to Adam for this piece. Do you agree or disagree with Adam’s views? Leave a comment and get involved. You can follow Adam on twitter: @TheMotormen. For more information and news on Maldon & Tiptree FC, visit their website.