After being idle for over 4 weeks our U21's face Edinburgh University on Saturday in League action.
"Firstly I'd like to thank Murieston United for agreeing to play the game on Wednesday night, Norrie Anderson and Dave Harley were more than happy to oblige when I asked if it was possible to get a competitive fixture midweek.
It's hard to believe that we had went over 4 weekends without a game with our last competitive game until Wednesday night had been against Tynecastle back on the 1st November.
We haven't exactly had bad weather so far in the past month but for one reason or another we have been left kicking our heels. Saturday's late postponement away to Knightsridge was hard to take, especially when the team had relinquished the reverse fixture only 4 weeks previous, the reason was an unplayable pitch.
While I'm not disputing that the pitch was unplayable the photos of the pitch I received would show that the pitch was unplayable long before the 11am call off and the fact id spoke to the Knightsridge manager earlier in the week asking the likelihood of the game being played, with such a late call off it meant we were unable to organise a game of even training.
Wednesday's game was not pretty with us being 3-1 down inside the first 25 minutes but we showed enormous character to bounce back when a few teams would have thrown in the towel. We eventually won the game 7-4 and I tried explaining to the players that going so long without a game can impact on us certainly physically but also mentally as tiredness took its toll late in the game. It was a great effort from our guys but they know we need to improve if we are going to take all 3 points from this Saturday's game.
The only positive thing I can take from the last 4 weeks not having a game is I have been able to go watch a few teams and watch some old 21's players, 3 weeks ago I took in this week's opponents away trip to Tynecastle and although Tynecastle won the game 3-0 I seen enough to realise that Saturdays game will be difficult and we'll need to be wary, Michael De Angelis side like to play football from the back and press very high up the pitch.
Its also great to see 2 ex-players from the 21's last season currently doing well for Leith's first team, I've managed to watch two of their recent games and witnessed ex 21's forward Keith Murray bag another hat trick taking his tally to 21 goals already this season, Stephen Baigan who has had to be patient for his chance appears to be taking it and played a positive part in the senior teams last 2 games, these guys are proof that we can develop players through the club and is what I try and tell our current team to aspire to; guys like Keith and Baigan.
On the selection front we have a few missing, we have Connor Pont is still serving a suspension, Kieran Ferns and Darren Linton away at the weekend and a few other noticeable absentees in John Robertson (work) and Captain Todd Smith (injured). Another plus point to Wednesday was the impact new signing Lewis Smith had, along with the return from injury of Callum Mein and Kevin Hamilton with all having a big part to play in the coming months. "