We just need to be careful on some of the dodgier pitches before we face the later qualifying rounds of the competition... beginning this Saturday in Leicestershire. If you look at the teams we got good results against in pre-season we beat Chelmsford for example who are always being talked of as promotion candidates in Blue Square Bet South, Corby Town, who we also beat, and Blue Square Premier side Cambridge United, who we held to a draw then there is absolutely no reason why we cant end up in that first round draw bag after playing our way through the qualifying rounds. As long, that is, as we are allowed to play our way through the rounds. And that can sometimes depend on the pitches you are asked to play on. This Saturday we face Thurnby Nirvana in the first preliminary round, and Ive been on the internet and looked at their pitch: its going to be a tricky game. Thurnbys pitch is like Alan Shearers hair its all patchy and clumpy. If we dont make it to the first round this season then it wont be a better team who beats us, itll be a worse pitch. My team plays football and last Monday at Barton Rovers we struggled to do that on their pitch. It was rock hard and bumpy and covered in divots. We got a 1-0 win there so I was pleased with our performance, but compared to our 4-1 win over Chalfont at home on the Saturday, we werent at our best. But five wins out of six isnt bad so I cant complain. I couldnt have asked for more from them. It was disappointing to lose to Bedworth last week but the boys are playing well and the goals are coming from everywhere and we just need to go out and play the best we can in every game. And thats what well be doing on Saturday whatever the state of the pitch at Thurnby Nirvana.