Everything rosy in the Biggleswade FC garden despite frost
PUBLISHED: 06:45 20 January 2017
A frozen pitch on Tuesday night put pay to the eagerly anticipated SSML Division One clash between Biggleswade FC and Harpenden Town – but could not dampen the pride at the young side’s rise to the top of the league.
The team, which is in its debut year, was formed from the core of last season’s Biggleswade Town U18s to give the players their first taste of senior football.
And while managers Mark Inskip and Dave Northfield knew they had a talented group of individuals, the way the young guns have adapted has been extremely pleasing.
Speaking to the Comet Northfield said: “We’ve not done something magic. We’ve just got good players.
“I’ve managed in the SSML Premier before and I knew they would be good enough [for this level]. How good, we didn’t know.
“We have proved ourselves.”
Biggleswade had trailed Harpenden for weeks in the battle for the league’s top spot.
But they finally overhauled their rivals from Hertfordshire in the last week, winning one and drawing the other of two games in hand.
It means they are now undefeated in 14 league games, with last Tuesday’s draw with Harefield United the only blip in that perfect sequence.
“It’s good,” said Northfield. “We’ve got lots of goals, we’re as fit as anyone and I want to watch good football.”
Off the pitch life is rosy too. They are looking to get a second team which will be the next crop of youngsters to be given the opportunity of playing football.
Added to that are respectable crowds, a queue of sponsors and Jermey Reynolds as chairman, who Northfield says “puts so much time in, it’s great”.
The manager though is well aware that with the quality they have on the pitch, big clubs are always lurking just over the horizon with the prospect of professional contracts.
One of his former players, Keinan Davis, has already had that opportunity, signing for Aston Villa last season, and making his first-team debut in the FA Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.
And the FC boss is happy to encourage more of that.
“It’s not about the money,” he said. “If any of the lads were offered a contract with a professional club, I’d drive them there myself.
“Keinan always keeps in touch and if he has a weekend off, he’ll come and see us. He’s a lovely lad.”
But despite a fantastic season so far, Northfield is making sure that everyone keeps their feet on the ground.
And there is no mention of either promotion or champions.
“It’s a cliche but we don’t talk about it,” added the boss. “There’s still a long way to go.
“We haven’t had any big knockbacks yet. Fingers crossed, we haven’t suffered a really bad run.
“We’re in a great position. If we can get a result on Saturday [at home to Southall] and on Tuesday [at home to Baldock Town] it will be even better.
“It will probably between the three of us [Harpenden and Baldock]. We’ve all got to play each other still.”
And that includes a trip to Harpenden for the third time of asking.
“It will be a far better thing to see on a perfect pitch,” admitted Northfield. “We are two very different footballing sides.”
Kick-off at the Carlsberg Stadium tomorrow (Saturday) is at 3pm.