Chairman's Column 09.04.2022

Guillem Balague

Chairman's Column 09.04.2022

We haven't always enjoyed the best of good fortune this season, but two decisions taken by the governing authorities within the space of a week have helped to transform the campaign of our women's section at Biggleswade United.

Late on Tuesday night we heard that Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses Women our our women’s red side opponents in the Bedfordshire County Cup semi-final had been disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the game despite having won the game 3-1.

The ruling in the case was that any players signed in the winter window had to have played at least four games to be eligible to play in the semi finals.

It affected us as well as our opponents because the postponement of games during that period for whatever reason meant we had players that were ruled out as a result for the simple reason they hadn't had the opportunity to play the required four games.

When our request for special dispensation to take into account the lack of fixtures was declined by the FA, it meant we travelled to Wootton with just 15 players, two of who were injured, and without being able to use some of those players we would have wanted to.

It certainly isn't the way we would have wanted to make it into the final although rules are there to be maintained and enforced, although the irony is that some of those ineligible had already played in the quarter final stage of the competition because the four match rule did not kick in until the semi finals.

The rule is obviously in place to stop sides bringing in 'ringers' merely for important matches although it's difficult to see how they can play the required number of games if they are postponed. But the bottom line is however unfair or not the ruling might be, we kept to it and our opponents didn't.

It now means we can look forward to a final evening out when we travel to Stotfold on Wednesday April 27 where we will meet Eastern League Premier Division side, Bedford Ladies and where we will start the game as massive underdogs.

I would love everyone at the club to be there to support our women in what will be for everyone at the club a historic day.

The news came on the back on our confirmation of our Women's Red side as runners-up in their first season in the First Division of the Eastern Region Womens League when they were given the points after the late postponement of their match against Cambridge City Ladies Development side.

Meanwhile, with just two games remaining are Women's Blue side continue to battle for what would be a highly creditable third place finish in Division One of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Women's Football League.

With just four games left to play our men's first team continue to look over their shoulders in their bid to avoid relegation.

We still have a three point cushion between us and the drop and need to try to get into the right frame of mind, enjoy the fight and the challenge and do everything we can in order to ensure we stay up.

And we will need to be as positive as possible when Hinckley LRFC, who are currently chasing Harborough Town for the title, call into the Keech Hospice Care Stadium tomorrow (Sat KO: 3pm).

Our Under 23 men's side travel to Crawley Green Reserves (KO 2.30pm) before welcoming Riseley Sports First on Wednesday night (KO 7.45pm).

But before then I look forward to returning to the UK this weekend when we will once again be holding a stall and on Saturday's market and where accompanied by stadium sponsors, the Keech Hospice Care Stadium I look forward to meeting up with the people of the town and talking all thing Biggleswade United and Keech Hospice.

See you there!