Cheltenham Town: Russell Milton's youth in focus column
JUST when you think you have seen everything in a football match, events conspire to change your mind.
This was the case last week when we kept up our unbeaten run with a 4-1 win against Hereford United.
Harry Williams, who now has 10 goals in seven league and cup games, and Bobbie Dale scored a brace each and also assisted each other too.
The objective before the game was to start well, get on top of the game and stay there.
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However, things started badly, when we couldn't gain control of the game and Hereford dominated.
After the Bulls missed three good chances we proceeded to go down the other end and score after fine work from Williams and Dale resulting In the latter scoring from eight yards.
About 10 minutes later Hereford had a penalty that Harvey Rivers saved with a dive to his left.
As often is the case the other team then go up the other end to score.
We did exactly this and went 2-0 up. Then within 10 minutes we were 4-0 up, despite Hereford maintaining large parts of possession.
To say we were all perplexed, including Pete Beadle in the Hereford dugout, was an understatement.
Physio Tommy Cosh said comically: "I will never ever understand this game!"
We were 4-0 up at half-time and I would say we had only four players who performed anywhere near their potential.
The saying usually goes eight players or more playing well and you win the game, five to seven you can get a draw or the odd win, but less than this and you're looking at defeat.
So to be ahead by this margin was a massive bonus.
Still this didn't deflect from a few home truths during the break.
After the oranges and drinks we played better in the second half but couldn't convert the chances created, eventually coming out 4-1 winners.
All in all, though, it was pleasing to win by this margin and not play well.
This morning we play Oxford United at home, so it's first versus second at Seasons (11am kick-off).
As was the case when Connor Roberts went with Wales Under-21s last month, Harvey Rivers will deputise with the first team, and without Harry Reynolds who has been ill, we will be looking to call on Under-16s goalkeeper Anton Rankin to step up and show us what he can do. It's a good game for him to come in to.
Our Sponsor a Youth team player venture continues to go very well with about seven of the boys being sponsored.
Thanks so far to everyone who has sponsored a player or two.
The names will be publicised once we have secured the majority of players, with a page in the match programme and mentions on the website, twitter account (@ctfcyofficial).
For the second Thursday running, old mate and Football League regional officer Bob Bloomer was in at Seasons going over the audit tool with Paul Godfrey, Antoine Thompson and myself.
I'm sure he partly comes in just for the banter and refreshments on offer!
But the serious business of the audit is now only five weeks away and we have a fair amount of work to get through, but we remain confident of achieving this in the time frame required.
The areas covered are club and academy philosophy, academy performance plan, education and welfare, talent ID, facilities and finance.
You wouldn't believe the amount of paperwork, files and attachments needed to satisfy the auditors and help us gain category three status.
It is all geared to make the academy run smoothly and more professionally and hopefully allow us to produce more players for future first teams.