Skipper left kicking his heels
Hello to you all once again and I hope you've had a good week.
There can be nothing more frustrating for a footballer when you are training all week only to find yourself sitting on the bench or in the stand come Saturday afternoon.
No matter what level you play at, if you're serious about your game it's a nightmare when your name's missing from the manager's starting eleven.
What's worse is knowing you're not going to be playing even before the team is being read out and that's exactly the situation I find myself in at the minute.
Players cope with being left out differently. Some go into a shell before the game and others might head straight home as soon as the match is over.
Personally, I do neither but find it difficult to celebrate a victory as it's hard to feel part of it.
Of course, football is a team game and throughout the season everyone plays their part.
But each match is down to the players that make it on to the pitch and contribute to the result at the end of the day.
Despite my frustrations and disappointment I never find it difficult to support the boys from the sidelines.
I continue to kick every ball, complain about decisions and celebrate every goal.
There are also times, like Saturday against East Stirlingshire, when you have to stand back and applaud and admire your team-mates' performance.
I would go as far to say it was a pleasure to watch and I only wish I could have contributed more than my three minutes and two touches allowed!
We have had some great results and performances this season.
I missed the home game against Elgin when the boys won 5-0.
But in my opinion, Saturday was our best performance - possibly since our second half showing against Cowdenbeath on the first day of the season.
Despite the conditions everything about our game was fantastic.
The boys looked fit and sharp and never allowed East Stirlingshire to get a grip on a game in which we were completely dominant.
I have read their manager Jim McInally's comments and even he has admitted how impressed he was with the performance.
There is absolutely no disrespect intended here but I honestly don't think that six or seven would have flattered Annan in this game.
From back to front we were superb and the only thing missing for me was Jamie Dunbar not getting a goal.
The wee man has been playing really well for a long time and if anyone deserves a goal it is him.
Fingers crossed when he gets one he will go on a goal-scoring run.
I thought the East Stirlingshire fans were great on Saturday and I was having a bit of banter with them while I was warming up - well, one in particular.
The young lad said he was a friend of my wee cousin Greig, which was strange considering the things he was saying.
Eventually I advised him to stay off the Babycham the next time he went to watch the football.
I don't think he took too kindly to that comment but his mates certainly had a chuckle to themselves.
Staying with the opposing fans - Graeme Bell was heading for a night out after the game and jumped on the train from Annan.
Belly and his mates were joined on the journey by a few Shire fans.
I was pleased to hear that he has been following my blog the last couple of weeks and he asked me to give him a mention, so there you go wee man.
Oh and by the way, Barry, I'm still waiting on my tickets for the AC Milan game!