Friendly fire

Andy Munro continues the story of Blues during pre-season.

Like most football supporters, I’ve always felt that results in pre-season friendlies are meaningless – unless of course your team wins. So it transpired against Burton Albion, a ground where we’ve never covered ourselves in glory previously, so this was a welcome change.

The fact that we were playing for a trophy which might as well have been the M&B Brew XI Cup for all it meant, shouldn’t detract from a tidy win on a cramped pitch. More importantly almost everybody got a run out including a number of youngsters, and pleasingly one of them, George Hall, scored our opener in a 2-1 win. George Hall – now there’s a proper name for a footballer.

In fairness, Blues were pegged back for much of the game but stepped up a gear to score the winner through Sam Cosgrove, who showed a nifty turn of foot – maybe he might not be the footballing version of Rodney Trotter that I feared. I’d like to say that sterner tests await but cannot bring myself to do so when the might of both Cheltenham Town and Solihull Borough lie in midweek wait.

Still, next Saturday sees the visit to St. Andrews of Rayo Vallecano, who finished comfortably mid-table in la Liga last season, so that should form a more valuable yardstick of what progrress has been made during the summer.