I went mad at the defenders at half time, but I knew we’d been playing well, so I just said ‘carry on as you were’. We came out flying, and within six minutes we’d equalised. Juke Box cut inside, saw the keeper off his line, and chipped him from the edge of the box. The ball went in off the underside of the bar.
That set us up for a great finale, and we came out on top. On 74 minutes Binnsy beat the defender to get in a cross-come-shot, and Grovesy hit the ball on the swivel and on the half volley, into the bottom corner. He’s a fine player, and he’s had a smashing start to his Lewes career: when you give him the ball you know you’re going to get it back, and he’s got a predator’s eye for goal.
What can I say about the Arsenal game? Rarely have I enjoyed a defeat so much because those lads played unbelievable football. It’s hardly surprising. Seven of them had played in the first team, five of them the night before against Newcastle. Eleven of them were internationals of one sort or another. Their movement was frightening, and it was a privilege to watch them. In the first half I put out a few youngsters out to give them experience, and Arsenal scored three. In the second half I put out a more solid side, and we only let in one more.
It was nice to see a big crowd enjoying such a spectacle at the Dripping Pan. Those boys are the stars of the future - some of them are the stars of today. Look out for their number eight, Perez, who was zinging the ball all over the place. He was doing it against Newcastle the night before: Arsene Wenger’s said that he could pull any of those lads out and put them in the first team, any time, and they’d do a good job. A great night, then, despite the defeat. I’m lining up another Premiership friendly soon.



Ex-Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley (front) played against his old team last week
Next home games: St Francis Rangers (3rd Oct); Cambridge City (6th Oct)