IT was five months in the making – nearly half a year of meticulous planning, fuelled by the air of eager anticipation – so it was inevitable something would go wrong.
And sure enough the well-read script was ripped up into tiny little pieces on the opening night of the 2010 speedway season at South Tees Motorsports Park.
I couldn’t grasp how it had all gone so horribly wrong. I’d been looking forward to this night since last October, and what happened. . . ?
I forgot my coat.
What a fool! To say it can get a little chilly at STMP is like saying that Sunderland aren’t among the favourites for Champions League glory in the next decade or so. You’d better believe it.
But somehow, and I really have no idea how, all three of my big cosy winter coats ended up in the boot of my car on Thursday night. And my car was safely locked up in a garage in Middlesbrough while I took the wheel of the Sports Desk pool car.
That was me snookered. Coatless of Marske by the Sea.
Fortunately Mrs N took pity on me and lent mer her nice, snug Bears fleece which I put on top of several other layers.
Oh well, I’ll have to make sure I get it right next time.
Much the same, of course, can be said about the team too. It didn’t go according to plan for Brian’s boys on track either as Workington unexpectedly took the spoils 49-40.
We all wanted a win – of course we did. But isn’t this what pre-season challenge matches are about? Making the odd mistake when, let’s be honest, it doesn’t really matter? Getting these little glitches out of the way before the sason begins in earnest?
It’s on to Worky for the return leg now. I’ll be clothed in a more suitable choice of outerwear after my first night error – let’s hope the lads will move forward too.
There were enough positives (Havvy’s captain’s innnings, Emliano Sanchez’s solid, stylish debut, the strong showing from our reserves) – now we need the others to show what they can do.