Pressing for a first-team return
Hello to everyone once again, I hope you are all well.
I returned the manager's call on Monday afternoon only to hear him pounding the treadmill, would you believe?
Needless to say it was a quick conversation.
I got the arrangements and off I went to work a little chirpier than usual for the start of the working week.
The first-team had a disappointing result up at Cliftonhill on Saturday while I was coming through my first full 90 minutes in what seemed like forever.
I picked the perfect day for it as a great performance from the reserves saw us run out 8-0 winners against local rivals St Cuthbert Wanderers.
Although I wasn't expecting it, I still felt a bit disappointed not to be with the first-team for the game against Albion Rovers.
I had only played 20 minutes for the reserves and came through one full training session, but I wanted to be involved right away.
On Thursday night the manager pulled me to the side and asked how I was feeling.
I got a little buzz and said: "Aye fine gaffer, no problems I feel great."
That wee buzz quickly faded when he replied: "Great news but you're playing with the reserves. Try to get through 90 minutes without pulling up."
Ah well, that certainly sorted me out!
The bus journey to Forfar started well enough when Derek Townsley told me I had won this week's bonus ball.
Maybe this £2 per week I'm handing over isn't too bad after all. When the big man hands the money over I might just about be breaking even!
Unfortunately, the rest of the night didn't quite go to plan.
The team lost 2-1 after what we thought were a couple of controversial decisions - including going down to 10 men after a red card for John MacBeth.
I would love to give you my take on the apparent 'soft' penalty we gave away, but it happened so quickly after half time that I didn't even have my waterproof's on in time and missed the incident.
After falling 2-0 behind we rallied a bit and young Ryan Adamson brought us back into the game.
We pressed hard for the final 10 minutes but couldn't quite manage an equaliser.
The manager vented his frustration after the game and then told the boys to go out for a warm-down.
"Boys I know it's a monsoon out there but I would like you to go out and get a little run and stretch," he said. "You'll feel the benefits."
Thankfully, Steven Sloan piped up and the boys did their warm-down in the cramped changing rooms. I've certainly never seen that before.
Back onto the bus and after an episode of Gavin and Stacey I had just about enough battery on my laptop to see how the evening's results had left the league table.
It should be an interesting last quarter to the season.
The journey home took a little longer due to the heavy snow and I quickly realised that I should have accepted the offer of swapping my 6.30am start at work the next morning!
I was hoping we would take more points than what we've managed from our last three fixtures.
After two defeats and a draw, our two home games coming up are even more important.
It's important we return to winning ways quickly and that needs to start on Saturday.
See you next week.