News & Star column 28.01.21

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Blues fans hopes of a pandemic pick-me-up were dashed this week when our match at Newport was postponed.

Supporters were eagerly awaiting the clash after being starved of ‘proper’ football for 24 days.

But no sooner had iFollow match subscriptions been paid than the game was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

It means a fixture pile-up is threatening to put a strain on United’s promotion ambitions, but, remember, we never do things the easy way.

The Blues have played just one game since Boxing Day and the latest postponement was equally frustrating for the players and supporters.

On a positive note it means the squad can fit in a couple more days training after completing their Covid-19 suspension.

And, also, four of our next five fixtures will be at Brunton Park giving us a great chance to push on.

The away match is at Cheltenham, the only side to beat us at home in the League so far.

The Robins came close to shocking Premier League giants Manchester City in the FA Cup at the weekend and, in a way, it would have been nice if they had.

There is nothing like the distraction of a good cup run to affect league form and their continued involvement could have worked to our advantage.

Anyway, hopefully weather permitting, the Blues will finally return to action on Saturday when we entertain Exeter in a 1pm kick-off.

They will be guaranteed a big following on iFollow.  It’s the best way to support the club during lockdown with £8 of the £10 match fee going to United.

Big congratulations to Blues defender Rhys Bennett who raised over £4,000 last week for the mental health charity ‘Mind’ thanks largely to a 12 hour live streaming event he hosted.

Bennett said he was humbled by the support he received from everyone, particularly team-mates and fans. But I think supporters will agree he is class both on and off the pitch.

It was also heartening to hear the players are pitching in to help provide food parcels for vulnerable families in Carlisle.

Club chaplain Alun Jones, who is making sure the food gets to needy families, said: “It’s another example of the genuine community spirit which is now an intrinsic part of this football club.”

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