SUSPEND judgment until the wheel stops spinning was Bob Dylan’s advice in ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ and as far as the footballing fortunes of Forest Green Rovers and Cirencester Town he was certainly right.
Wins for Forest Green Rovers over Wrexham and the Centurions over St Neots may promote one club and save the other from relegation.
We are in for an exciting time. The season’s wheel will spin perhaps until the last day of the season.
At Nailsworth on Saturday, Wrexham were wretched both in their approach to the game and in their execution of it. Their physicality and spoiling tactics besmirched the reputation of a once-great club.
Both on the field and in the dugout they represented the worst of the game.
Forest Green stood up well, with captain Liam Noble setting a fine example, Rovers did not allow themselves to be bullied.
Thankfully their superior skills won the day and the margin of victory could have been greater. Keeping control of themselves, the ball and therefore the game, they snuffed out any Welsh challenge. It was 58 minutes before there was an opposition shot on goal.
The FGR midfield were particularly impressive – Traore, Cooper, Carter and Noble all knew what they had to do. As did Dale Bennett and Marcus Kelly. Bennett had a fine game. He had to move to centre half after an aggressive challenge ended Ethan Pinnock’s involvement and was my man of the match.
It was another very chilly day at the New Lawn, somewhat surprising then that Gloucestershire have already played a cricket match.
Oxford University were swept aside in a 50-over friendly on Thursday.
The most important performance came from left arm pace bowler Chris Liddle. He had a wretched season in 2016, dropping off the radar all together, as did Tom Smith, but both took three wickets against the students.
Liddle went on to take three more wickets on the first morning of the warm-up game against Somerset.
There is no need for an election to the board of the County Club but two new members join it. Roger Gibbons and Bill Griffin have stood down with honour and in their places are Dave McLaughlin of Bristol and David Partridge of Birdlip.
David’s appointment is particularly interesting. He played for Birdlip from the age of 10, then Stroud before joining Cheltenham. He played professionally for the county in the 1970s and was a member of our cup-winning side of 1977.
David, who plays in the Cirencester Table Tennis League at Deer Park School on Mondays with other generations of his family, will certainly support the Cheltenham cause.
Since retiring from professional cricket he has built up a successful surveying business from which he retires this year.
In following Bill Griffin he will have big shoes to fill. Bill has worked assiduously for the club in very many ways. Respected by both players and members, he is a popular figure at the Brightside Ground and a fine ambassador at away games.
He has done the Cirencester and North Cotswold region proud.
Saturday will see me heading up the Fosse Way to Lincoln City. It will be splendid to see the resurgence of this famous club at first hand.
The all-seater stadium will be packed and Forest Green Rovers could be cooked in a cauldron of sound but I doubt it.
I am hoping for two things. One, a point at least, and secondly the girl with the beautiful eyes will be there. Ann, you enhanced my sixth form days, now as a Lincoln fan it would be a delight to see you on Saturday.
The meeting of the two top teams in the Vanarama National League emphasises the ridiculous fact that there is just one automatic promotion place into the Football League.
The FA Cup successes this season for Lincoln and Sutton prove the quality of the division. Our governing body should be leading a campaign to put matters right but the silence is deafening. Wake up gentlemen.
Finally good wishes from Mrs Light and myself to Gary Johnson, manager of Cheltenham Town. Gary, a genuine football man has had heart surgery.
He has been under pressure at Cheltenham Town and that may have contributed to his problems.
I needed urgent heart surgery during my spell as chairman of our county club. Was that pressure? Who knows?
The only thing certain is that both Gary and I cared about the game we serve and love.