Last Saturday we were knocked out of the FA Cup at Tranmere and that was disappointing, as I felt we outplayed our League Two opponents for much of the game and demonstrated that we have a side capable of competing at that level.
At Alfreton Town on Tuesday we hoped to pick up another three points but although I felt we were the better side, we were unable to convert any of the chances we created.
I think that game highlighted our need for a striker who is capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis and Darrell is working tirelessly to bring in a player with the those qualities.
In the last week Adam Cunnington has been recalled from his loan, by Cambridge, and we have brought in another loan player in the shape of Lyle Della-Verdi from Fulham. We wish both players well for the future and thank their parent clubs for allowing them to spend time on loan with our club.
Off the field, we learned that Tom Curtis, who has headed up our Academy for the last two years, will be leaving us at the end of the month to take up a position with the English FA as a Youth Coach Educator which will see him continue in Youth Development, working with coaches and young players in the country’s Academy system.
Tom has overseen the development of our Academy coaching programme and the introduction of the EPPP (Elite Players Performance Programme) into the Academy and we wish him every success in his new role.
Next Tuesday, at 7.30pm at the Memorial Stadium, we take on Cinderford Town in the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup and I hope as many of you as possible will come along to see our young side, many of whom have come through our Academy system, in action.
On Wednesday afternoon local councillors granted planning permission to increase delivery hours to the proposed Sainsbury's supermarket at the Memorial Stadium.
Naturally, we are very relieved and satisfied at the outcome, though there are still a number of hurdles to clear before we are in a position to commence work on our new UWE Stadium.
We will endeavour to keep you informed of further developments, through reports such as these and on the official club website.