Another busy week. Tuesday saw us at Sheffield FC (The First Club in the World as they like to call themselves) in the League Cup. A brilliant first half performance against an admittedly young looking Sheffield side saw Belper 2-0 up. New signing Lee Whittington scoring his first for the club, then Rush adding his third in three games for a comfortable lead.
A Sheffield goal towards the end made it a bit nerve wracking as we had visions of another league cup tie going to extra time, but we held on for a 2-1 win and our 6th victory on the bounce. The floodlights at Sheffield are excellent, shame more clubs can’t follow their example. As a reward for that win we have been drawn at home for the first time this season in a cup competition to Worksop Town on November 15th. Tuesday was also the coldest night for a very long time.
Talking of cold – Wednesday night was also the coldest night on the bike since I returned to cycling. Clocked up 7.56 miles to add to the 8 on Monday evening (in the wind).
Friday morning I promised to take my nephew to play golf at Markeaton Pitch and Putt. I had played there a few times in the distant past but had forgotten just how big it was. My idea of pitch and putt is a 9 iron and a putter. A good golfer could easily play around this course with those two clubs but as someone who hasn’t played for about 20 years I was struggling to reach the holes with a 7 iron – more due to poor technique than anything else it has to be said.
After 2 hours of that it was home and out on the bike for another hour. I decided that 16 miles would be enough today (to make the weekly total 31). Did the Holbrook, Chevin circuit but took it easy in the hope that the last climb wouldn’t be quite so tiring – it didn’t work ! Still, I managed to get round in about 1 hr 9 mins. I’m probably not going to improve too much over the winter and the main thing is not to do any damage to the old knees. Funny how as you get older you start to appreciate the body you abused as a youngster a lot more. I can remember thrashing round on my bike in the biggest gear I could turn and to hell with the cartilages !!
Today it’s the FA Trophy and the long trip down to Barton Le Clay in Bedforshire. We’ll be leaving in about another 80 minutes. Here’s hoping for a good journey and a good win (or at the very least a draw and a return game on Tuesday evening at Belper (that’s a LONG trip on a Tuesday evening).