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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Column 20 - Tom has no rhythm, Joe was nearly sick

THE news that came thorough telling us Tuesday’s FA Cup game against Macclesfield had been postponed again because of a frozen pitch was not what we wanted.

After the 2-0 home defeat to Hereford on Friday night in front of the TV cameras we wanted another match straight away. There is nothing worse than having to wait another week for a game to get the last one out of your head.

We were focused and ready for what was going to be an important cup tie but the weather had other ideas.

I had an inkling that it was going to be called off, thanks to Barrow’s very own weatherman, Joe Jackson. I rang Joe on the morning of the game and asked what he thought. I got a typical Joe answer of ‘Flynny, I don’t live on the pitch so I can’t see what’s happening!’

Joe’s banter is like that. Every morning we have a right laugh together in the car going down the M6.

This week’s training has been tough because of the cold weather.

We did another gruelling fitness session on Wednesday. It’s great to have a session like this, but boy it’s hard.

I was positioned next to Tom Anderson as we went through the exercises. Tom, unfortunately, has no rhythm at all and Jacko, meanwhile, was nearly sick. He was laid down flat out on the mat – it was so funny.

We have been preparing for tomorrow’s game against Chesham United and we know it will be a tough test.

They are in a lower league to us so we know what to expect. We will be in a right battle, but maybe that’s where we are at our best – when we are tackling, winning headers and being hard.

We are travelling down the day before and it is set to be a long journey, especially if we have to put up with Macca’s (Sean McConville’s) terrible DVD collection! Hopefully Father Christmas will bring him some new ones!

Hopefully we might get a few travelling fans down for the game. It’s a long way to go, but it’s always nice to see loyal fans there cheering us in.

I’ll always remember the away game at Braintree from earlier this season, the way the supporters were that day and the atmosphere they created in the bar afterwards. It was brilliant.

We need a big crowd on Tuesday as well when hopefully our FA Cup home tie against Macclesfield will go ahead at the third time of asking. The game is an important one for club finances.

Keep the faith and keep supporting. Come on you Bluebirds!

MATT FLYNN

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