Chairman's Column 04.02.2022

Guillem Balague

Chairman's Column 04.02.2022

Here at Biggleswade United we, like so many others around the country, are passionate in our commitment to be a part of the exponential growth that is taking place in women's football all around the world.

But as someone once said, talk is cheap, actions speak, which is we will be putting our money where our mouths are by looking for ten local women who we can fund through their level one coaching badges.

Perhaps we already have them at the club currently playing for us or working as volunteers and would now like to take the next step, or indeed they may be local women of any age that have long harboured an interest in getting involved in football coaching but who have in the past been put off the idea for whatever reason, not least the cost implications.

Whoever they may be, they should contact us at biggleswadeunited@gmail.com and see if we can work and grow together.

And growing we certainly are.

While our women's Red side did not have a fixture last weekend because our opponents were unable to raise a side, we currently have 35 women, who make up the squads of our two senior women's side, signed up.

On the pitch disappointment following our 1-0 home defeat against Potton United on Tuesday night was more than compensated by the fact that we all witnessed a great night, a fantastic atmosphere and a match personifying the very lifeblood of football at this level.

A game watched by more than 200 people and the only remaining reminder we now get of those true ‘down the road’ local derbies we now miss out on since both of us were moved into the United Counties League from the South Midlands Spartan League.

Effectively a great club day which showed us once again that at this level of football you need to be prepared to wear a whole host of different hats with people like Bernat Puig who when he isn't the club's physiotherapist, can, when fit, be found playing for the first team or helping to coach the Under 13s while Dan Watkins is not just the head of our Academy but also doubles as goalkeeping coach.

It would, of course, have been nice to finish the night off with a victory that would have helped us to ease our relegation fears and we might well have achieved that if we had been a little braver in our approach right from the start rather than waiting until we had been reduced to nine men before doing so.

We now need to start converting performances into points if we are to avoid the drop and the battle continues tomorrow (Sat) when our mens first team host Cogenhoe United FC (ko 3pm). before, on Tuesday, travelling to Godmanchester Rovers (ko 7.45pm).

Our women's Red side visit Cambridge City Ladies & Girls Ladies Dev on Sunday (ko 2pm) while at the same time the Blue side travel to face Herts Vipers Women Development .