Hanwell Town B 0 v 5 Kensington Dragons U15B

It was a morning of happy returns: a first start in a month for our trusty keeper; a first match in four with a full starting 11; and once again a cold dawn drenched in pouring rain. But rather than unsettling, the insistent sense of déjà vue was more than welcome. Since the winter rains departed we have been, for the most part, a shadow of our former selves.

And as we headed West to once more face the black and white stripes of Hanwell Town, several signs of second chances travelled with us: it was on their pitch that our valiant ten had taken their A team to the wire before succumbing to weariness and a dignified, though frustrating, exit from the cup. It was last week we’d lost three players and two points to their Bs.

Our performance here, however, was faultless. Imaginative, hard-working and ruthless in front of goal, we showed that for all the recent questions that have been raised about this team, our boys have come up with very, very good answers. So the case, it seems, is unarguable. Spring is here. The team is blooming. The Eagles are once more on the wing.