Tuesday 15th August
Burridge survived a brief scare in a game against older legs. Although the first twenty minutes held no suggestions of what was to follow; Alan Newman clipped calmly over the advancing keeper for one-nil, before Bryn Schwodler made it two. Burridge then went onto enjoy perhaps too much of the ball, like a kitten with a wounded shrew, they knew not what to do with their prey. As a result Albion drew level before half-time, the second goal a rasping drive from an indirect free kick in the penalty area.
Things got worse in the second period. Albion counter attacked and no sooner had it looked to have died out than the ball was delicately chipped in. Burridge reverted to playing quick passes. John Hutton levelled after being in the right place at the right time on the far post after a flowing move, leading to a flurry of goals. Kristian Hewitt kept a shot from inside the penalty area down for the lead; Lee Fielder drove into the box and dispatched, and Ben Hutton grabbed a brace - one of them after a forty yard run.
So Burridge can gain heart from this exercise - that not only saw everyone get through the game in one piece - but also as it served as a further 90 minutes for players to take a step closer to match fitness and an understanding of each other. Of course, there is room for improvement - more cohesion and communication - but these pre-season games serve exactly for that purpose.
4-4-2: Sam Schwodler, Luke Sanderson, Kev Willsher, Matt Birks, Jay Schwodler, Steve Froud, Ben Hutton, Kristian Hewitt, Bryn Schwodler, Alan Newman, Lee Fielder
After 3o minutes reverting to....
4-4-2: Sam Schwodler, Luke Sanderson, Kev Willsher, Matt Birks, Jay Schwodler, Greg Baker, Ben Hutton, Kristian Hewitt, Bryn Schwodler, John Hutton, Justin Newman
After 60 minutes reverting to....
4-4-2: Sam Schwodler, Jay Schwodler, Kev Willsher, Alan Newman, Steve Froud, Justin Newman, Ben Hutton, Greg Baker, John Hutton, Lee Fielder
NB OUR NEXT FRIENDLY IS AGAINST DYKEY'S MOB: BLUES ON WEDNESDAY 23RD AUGUST AT SARISBURY SPARKS, WHICH YOU'LL FIND AT COAL PARK LANE, WHICH IS OFF SWANICK LANE. KICK OFF TIME HASN'T BEEN CONFIRMED, BUT I IMAGINE IT'LL BE AROUND 18:30.