Monkey hanged, town painted red

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Much going on since HaL last dragged itself from the latest bar to update this place, chief of which was a rather delightful 3-1 win against Hartlepool on Saturday.

Adjective such as comfortable and routine have been used to describe the game, which is encouraging. As we’ve banged on about on here since the dawn of time, home matches against the Hartlepools of the world are games we need to be winning, and win we did.

Also encouragingly, Stuart Fleetwood got onto the scoresheet and celebrated by revealing his rippled stomach (Mrs HaL may be more interested in this than I), supposedly as a riposte to those fans who’d been calling him fat and out of condition.

Now, HaL has never suggested this, other than perhaps, after not getting many starts for Charlton since his loan finished, he might be a bit ring rusty.

No, what we were concerned about was whether he could cut it at League One. In the Conference he was on fire, but he’s still got a lot to prove at this level. And, happily, he’s started proving it.

It’s a big season for Fleets as, seemingly, the main striker in a League One team, so he needs to deliver. After a few iffy games, he’s doing just that at the moment. Even more encouraging is that he’s got the passion on the pitch to prove himself. Long may it continue, and we'll be right behind him.

And even better, he netted a last-minute equaliser against Swindon in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, before City went out on penalties.

To be honest, what can you say about that competition? It's like the FA Trophy back in our Conference days. Yes, it's nice to win games in it but until you get to the latter rounds it's hard to get too excited about the competition.

Anyway, Tis doesn't do cups. Just promotions.

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