Season 1 Finale – Do We Or Don’t We?

 

Hello! Let’s get straight in to it as we look to finish the season. We are currently top of the league with a small points gap to second but we have enough games left to bottle the title. We do have enough winnable games remaining to get the job done and get us back in to the football league. Can we do it?

 

Gateshead – Home – League – 1st V 4th

We win a penalty early on when Green is pulled to the floor when he is in on goal. McEveley steps up and smashes it against the inside of the post and it bounces away. He does makes up for the miss when he gives us the lead when Vyner nods a free kick in to his path to tuck past the keeper. Green doubles our lead seconds before half time when Dunn finds Green in space to fire across the keeper and in to the far corner. McEveley is involved again as he concedes penalty which Johnson puts straight down the middle to get a goal back. We get a third and Waring finally finds his scoring boots with a curling effort in to the back of the net from the corner of the area.

 

Dagenham & Redbridge – Away – League – 9th V 1st

In a first half where Dagenham dominated and had chance after chance to take the lead it was us who take the lead. A route one ball from Jones to Walker who then takes it round the keeper and rolls it home. A quieter second half meaning the game ended 1-0 but Dagenham did look the more likely to get an equaliser than we did getting a second despite having more shots. Our only chance of ending the game was from Green but his shot clipped the bar and went over.

 

Boreham Wood – Away – League – 19th V 1st

A tough game against a struggling Boreham side and not much happened in the game with only the one goal. Devarn Green is the man to get the only goal of the game just before half time with a volley from outside of the area from a Wallace cross. Another game we dominated but lacked the killer instinct to finish the game off.

 

Eastleigh – Home – League – 1st V 2nd

One of our bigger games in our remaining games against second place and it was a scrappy game with a lot of tackles leading to yellow cards. Eastleigh take the lead when they win a penalty after McEveley gives away another penalty after pulling Williamson to the floor which McSheffrey puts it straight down the middle. Walker puts us back on level terms early in the second half when Wallace slides him in on goal and he side foots it past the keeper. Togwell retakes the lead for Eastleigh when a free kick is floated in to the area and he has space to volley it past the keeper. We end the game with ten men after McEveley is shown a second yellow for a late tackle. We do get a share of the points in the dying seconds of the game when Cole finds Green with a long ball over the top for him to fire in to the bottom corner.

 

Dover – Away – League – 14th V 1st

We take the lead in the 15th minute when a corner is cleared to Norburn on the left who squares it to Wallace to drill in to the top corner. Dover had a chance to equalise in the first half when a headed effort was cleared off the line. Wallace gets his second of the game minutes in to the second half when Vyner switches the ball to Wallace to smash home from 30 yards out.

 

Solihull – Home – League – 1st V 24th

Devarn Green gives us an early lead after he chases down a loose ball before cutting inside and curling it round the keeper and in to the far post. We get a second minutes later after we play it across midfield before Norburn has a pop and watches it fly in to the top corner from 30 yards out. Jack Dunn gets our third of the game when we play a short free kick to Dunn who is 25 yards out and drills it through a group of players and in to the bottom corner. We end the game with ten men again when Wallace is shown a straight red for a two footed tackle. Despite being a man down we get a fourth goal from Dunn with a curling effort from outside the area. Dunn loves a long shot as he gets another one! This time Vyner squares the ball to him and he fires it across the keeper and in to the bottom corner.

 

Chester – Away – League – 22nd V 1st

We finally get a goal after the first half ended goaless and it was Green who gets it. The goal comes after Buxton whips a cross in from the right and Green tucks it home at the near post. Chester do equalise when Archer heads a cross in off the crossbar. We have a chance to retake the lead from a penalty which Cole steps up and puts in to the top right corner. Jack ‘Long Ranger’ Dunn gets our third but this time it was a tap in on the penalty spot after a corner wasn’t cleared. Walker puts the game to bed when Green puts him in on goal and Walker slides the ball under the keeper. Chester get a second when McCombe heads in at the back post from a corner.

 

Aldershot – Home – League – 1st V 9th

We started slowly and concede a penalty early on which Fenelon smashes straight down the middle. Aldershot get a second goal in the second half as they get ANOTHER penalty and again Fenelon puts it down the middle. They then get a third when Brymora breaks away from our defence and pokes the ball under the keeper. Our shit performance is made worse when Aldershot get a fourth when Brymora again jumps highest to head a cross in to the far corner. We do finally get a goal in the game when Embleton puts a free kick up and over the wall and in to the bottom corner.

 

FC Halifax – Away – League – 20th V 1st

A much better performance from us as we return to winning ways and that shows as we take the lead in the game. The goal comes after Buxton runs down the right before pulling it back to Green to tap in at the near post. Devarn gets his second of the game when he gets across his defender and heads home a cross from Buxton. Halifax pull one back when we couldn’t clear a corner and Richards stabs the ball home but it wasn’t enough.

 

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Hartlepool – Home – League – 1st V 7th

We go in the final game of the season as confirmed champions finally! An even first half of the game until we stepped up the gears to take the lead. Green is the scorer when Walker flicks a ball on to Green and cushions the ball in at the back post. Hartlepool get an equaliser early in the second half when Munns drills the ball in to the bottom corner from outside of the area (think Chamberlain V Man City). They then take the lead with 20 minutes to go when a cross falls to Morris to side foot in to the back of the net. We end the game with more men as Hartlepool have a man sent off for a tackle from behind. We finally get the equalising goal when Buxton finds Alabi on the penalty spot to head home.

 

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WE DID IT!! WE ARE CHAMPIONS! An amazing season from all of the boys and we did deserve to be crowned champions after a strong season with us only losing 5 games all season. What a crazy season and we end it with winning the league at the first attempt. I felt we could challenge for top spot but never thought we would win it at our first attempt! We did have a really weird game against Aldershot where we got battered 4-1 out of the blue but it didn’t ruin our performance in the games after.

 

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We end the season champions and broke a few records along the way (most wins/most goals/most points?/top goalscorer and another one I think). We have very little budget for our return to the Football League which is going to be a challenge I am looking forward to as we look to improve this side so we are competitive next season. I am happy at Tranmere but this is a journeyman so if the right club comes along then we may be at a different club in the next blog you read! We could of and probably should of won the FA Trophy had we not had a poor game against Welling but that’s in the past and we look forward to the summer and beyond. What a season! Our first trophy of our career but hopefully not our last….

 

 

Thanks for reading as we got Tranmere promoted at the first attempt!

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Season 1 – Champions?

 

We really need to continue getting back in to the winning mentality after a couple of shit results lately which could of been avoided. We have been knocked out of all the cups so we can now focus all our efforts on to the league and continuing to aim for the title which we look set to achieve so far. We have a couple of big games coming up and one of them is Leyton Orient who we have been swapping places with all season as they are fighting for promotion along with us. We haven’t signed anyone else as of yet and no one has been sold either which could change come the end of the season. We also have youth intake coming up which is always interesting at this level, I am not hoping for a world beater but if we have a solid player or two that could get in the first team then it is a positive and we will try and develop them the best we can.

 

Wrexham – Away – League – 11th V 1st

A tough game against a good non league side. We open the scoring in the 20th minute when Embleton plays a long ball over the top from the halfway line to Green who pulls it back for Walker to tap in from a couple of yards out. McDonnell doubles our lead with a lovely first time finish in to the top corner from the edge of the area. Green gets our third after Buxton plays a ball over the defence for Green to run on to and round the keeper before rolling it home.

 

Ebbsfleet – Home – League – 1st V 14th

A boring game on the whole with us creating all the chances in the first half with Green and Walker having the best chances but firing straight at the keeper in one v one situations. We started the second half much better and could of taken the lead in the first few minutes when Jones heads a corner against the bar. We do finally get the goal and it comes from Green after Waring flicks the ball on for Green to fire past the keeper from 6 yards out.

 

Leyton Orient – Away – League – 3rd V 1st

An even opening 20 minutes against a strong side and a team we are fighting for promotion but are currently under performing. Walker puts us in front after Embleton chips the ball to Walker to volley home on the penalty spot. Devarn Green doubles our lead early in the second half when he gets across his defender to head home a cross from walker. Leyton Orient get in to the game with a goal of their own late in injury time when a corner falls to Bonne to tuck home from close range.

 

Bromley – Home – League – 1st V 19th

A shit start from us as Bromley take the lead early on when we can’t clear the ball properly and it gets put back in to the area for Holland to head past the keeper. We pull level with a goal from Walker after a shot from Green is saved and falls to Walker at the far post to tap in. We take the lead minutes later when Wallace puts a low ball in to the area from the left and Walker pokes it home. Bromley go down to ten men when Rees is shown a second yellow for a late tackle. Fox gets his first for the club and our third of the game with a rocket of a volley in to the roof of the net from a Buxton cross.

 

Macclesfield – Home – League – 1st V 14th

How did we not score in this game!? A dominant game from us from start to finish against a very defensive Macclesfield side. We ended the game with nine men after Reckford is shown a second yellow for a late tackle from behind and Buxton is the next to be shown a second yellow for pushing a player. Really frustrating game as we had enough chances to come away with three points.

 

Maidstone – Away – League – 17th V 1st

Another poor result against a side we really should be beating but it didn’t help we had to field a make shift defence after the last games sending offs. We win a penalty just after 20 minutes when Walker is pulled down in the area and McDonnell steps up and puts it in to the top right corner. Maidstone reply instantly when a cross falls to Hinchliffe at the back post to tap in. They then take the lead when Lewis isn’t marked at a corner and heads the ball home at the near post. Hinchliffe gets his second when he is free in the area after beating two defenders to curl past the keeper. Loza makes it 4-1 seconds in to the second half after his first shot hits the bar he reacts quickest to chip it over the keeper who couldn’t get back up in time. We get a second of the game when a deep cross finds Walker at the back post to head home. They finish us off when Loza gets his second with a header from a free kick in to the bottom corner. We manage to get a third goal thanks to Jones who is played in to fire past the keeper but it wasn’t enough.

 

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Are we close to being crowned champions or will we bottle it? With the games running out and despite our poor results every now and then which is a given at this level I can’t see us dropping enough points to lose top spot (we will now bottle the title!). Walker who we signed on loan from Nottingham Forest is still performing well and continuing to bang in the goals along with my man Devarn Green! The result against Maidstone was so frustrating as we had plenty of chances to double our lead before they had a handful of chances and finished us off. We have had the anticipated youth intake and as somewhat expected at this level it wasn’t great but we do have a couple of players who could develop in to decent players so we will have to wait and see how they develop in the coming seasons.

Season 1 – Goals At Christmas

 

It’s CHHRIISSTMAASSS! Christmas is always a tough time for English football teams with a lot of games in a short time and it’s even harder for non league sides like us. We are really beginning to pick our form up again as we look to take back top spot and we also have the chance of progressing in the FA Trophy with a game against Welling. We have managed to bring in a player on loan in Zak Vyner from Bristol City after we lost Magloire who went back to Blackburn as we couldn’t extend his loan. We may have to look at rotating a couple of players in the next few games if they are looking tired with the next three games within a week.

 

 

Zak Vyner – Season Loan

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AFC Fylde – Home – League – 2nd V 10th

 

A one sided game and we did everything we could in the first half to get a goal but their keeper stopped everything that was hit at him. We do manage to open the scoring in the second half when Dunn switches the ball out wide to Buxton who whips it in to the area and on to Walker’s head and finds the back of the net. We double our lead about ten minutes later when Ridehalgh puts a ball over the top for Green to run on to and slide under the keeper. Walker gets his second and our third when Dunn plays Walker in on goal and tucks it in at the near post.

 

Guiseley – Home – League – 1st V 4th

 

We continue our good run when Norburn gives us an early lead. Our opener comes when Fox heads the ball down to Norburn on the edge of the area and curls it in to the bottom corner. We get a second with a beautiful free kick from Ridehalgh which bends up and over the wall and in to the top corner. Walker makes it three nil early in the second half with a rocket of a shot in to the back of the net from 20 yards out. Green wins us a penalty late on which McEveley fires in to the left hand side of the net to make it four nil.

 

AFC Fylde – Away – League – 18th V 1st

 

Jack Dunn puts us in front after Norburn plays the ball over the defence for Dunn to control it and take it round the keeper to tap home. Walker doubles our lead just after half hour when Green whips a ball from the left in to Walker who pokes home from six yards out. Again we win a penalty late on after Dunn is pulled to the floor and again McEveley steps up and tucks it in to the bottom right corner.

 

Barrow – Away – League – 14th V 1st

 

We dominated the game from start to finish but were unable to take our chances and Barrow punished us for that. Barrow get the only goal of the game when a free kick is put in to the area from Fitzpatrick on the right and James heads home at the near post. A disappointing result and performance from us and a game we could of won but never turned up.

 

Welling – Away – FA Trophy 2nd Round

 

Another shocking performance in front of goal as we get knocked out of the cup by Welling. Welling took full advantage of our average performance from a much rotated side and get the winning goal when the ball is put in to the area from the right and Bojaj slides in at the back post to poke the ball in to the goal. A really frustrating game as we could of gone far in this competition.

 

Maidenhead – Home – League – 1st V 5th

 

Our bad luck continued early in to our game against Maidenhead as Norburn is shown a straight red in the third minute for a tackle from behind. Despite being down to ten men we do manage to win the game and Green is the man to get the opening goal. The goal comes after we break away down the left with Walker before sliding Green in and firing past the keeper from just inside the area. We double our lead early in the second half after Walker heads a cross straight at the keeper but reacts quickest to score at the second attempt. Vyner makes it three with his first for the club when a corner is flicked on and he is at the back post to head home.

 

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We have had a good time over Christmas and the New Year period winning our three games but we had a shocking opening to 2018 after Fylde with us losing to Barrow and getting knocked out of the cup by Welling. Our performances have been really hit and miss of late which has shown in our results and maybe I am to blame with not rotating enough but we did manage to get back to winning ways against Maidenhead. We are in the transfer window and at one point it looked like we was going to lose Jack Dunn to Walsall after we negotiated a fee over 100k for him, he rejected their contract and wanted to stay which was a huge relief as he has been a key player this season. 100k doesn’t sound much but for a club at our level it can go along way to keeping us out of debt. There are still a couple of days left in the window and we may look to bring in a player or two if we feel they are right for the club. Walker has come in and done superbly scoring five in five! We are back top of the league though as Leyton Orient have also been having dodgy performances and dropping points and also dropping to third in the league. Larnell Cole is another player we are close to losing as he is out of contract and wants silly amounts which we can’t afford.

Season 1 – We Fight Till The End

 

It is slowly coming up to Christmas and potentially crunch time as we play two games in the space of as many days and we need to be prepared for that and may have to rest a couple of players especially at this level. We do also have an FA Trophy game coming up and I am hoping we can do well in that tournament and could go at least to the final if luck is on our side. The transfer window is opening soon and we may look to do some business as we seem to be slacking a bit lately and need that extra bit of quality that could turn games and get us wins.

 

Tyler Walker – Loan

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Macclesfield – Away – League – 13th V 1st

A poor performance on the whole with us conceding two goals, going down to nine men and getting an injury time equaliser. Macclesfield take the lead when they play a short free kick to the edge of the area and Durrell has enough time to fire it through a group of players and in to the bottom right corner. We go down to ten men when Buxton is shown a second yellow for a tackle from behind. Only minutes after having a man sent off we get an equaliser after Embleton slides Green in on goal and slots it past the keeper. We are then shown a second red card of the game when Norburn is shown a straight red for a two footed tackle. They retake the lead when Hancox plays a long ball over the top and our defence can’t catch Whitehead who hits it first time past the keeper. We get a share of the points in injury time and it’s Green again and again Embleton is the provider for Green who smashes it past the keeper from just in the area.

 

Maidstone – Home – League – 1st V 16th

A dull game with us dominating from the first whistle to the last and we were not able to put the ball in the back of the net. We looked slightly better in the second half and we were the team that came closest to getting the winner with chances from Green and debutant Walker. Walker who has come in on loan looks to have that bit of quality we have seemed to lack of late and hope he can contribute with goals or assists.

 

Woking – Away – League – 17th V 2nd

Jack Dun who is back in the side after injury and he makes an impact in the early minutes with an assist. The goal comes after we win a corner and Dunn whips the ball in to the area and McEverley heads the ball down and in to the back of the net. Devarn Green doubles our lead after Buxton drives forward before sliding Green in to tuck under the keeper. We get a third minutes later when Buxton heads a corner down to Wallace to curl home from the edge of the area. Woking manage to pull one back with a close finish at the far post from Banton after Kuhl puts a deep ball in to the back post. Walker gets his first goal for the club early in the second half with a powerful finish at the near post.

 

Torquay – Home – League – 1st V 5th

It was one way traffic in the opening twenty minutes and we really should of been at least two up but we couldn’t take our chances. We were camped in Torquay’s half for the majority of the game but Torquay got the only goal of the game with their only shot on target! They get the winner after Barratt hits a an early ball over the top to Keating who takes a touch and curls it round the keeper. We threw everything and the kitchen sink at them but we couldn’t get at least a point from this game.

 

Brackley – Home – FA Trophy First Round

A much better performance from us against what people would say is an ‘easier’ team as we comfortably went through to the next round of the FA Trophy. Our first goal didn’t come until late in injury time in the first half after Green flicks on a shot from Cook and it takes a deflection off Maloney and goes in. We get the second of the game early in the second half when Dunn beats the offside trap to round the keeper and tap the ball home.

 

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Sutton – Away – League – 23rd V 2nd

Devarn Green puts us in front when we play some lovely one touch passing before Walker plays the ball to Green who is open in the area to poke it past the keeper. The lead doesn’t last long as Sutton get a goal through Bailey after he plays a one two before curling it past O’Brien. We win a penalty after Walker is pulled down in the area but McEverley fires it straight down the middle and at the keeper who pushes it away. Green gets his second of the game late on when he runs on to a loose ball and chips is over the keeper who comes diving out.

 

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The fight for the title is well and truly on with us now three points behind leaders Orient after drawing two of our last five league games. We seemed to have dipped in performance lately and yes we are still creating and scoring goals but we seemed to have lost that ‘edge’ in recent games and I am hoping it will come back soon with either rotating a couple of players or bringing a couple of new additions to help boost the players. We are in to the next round of the FA Trophy and we will come up against Welling who should be another ‘easier’ team and gives us a strong chance of going in to the next round. We have brought in Walker on loan from Forest and he has looked good so far and has had that extra bit of energy after Waring has seemed to of dropped off form wise so I will rest him for a game or two. Really hate games like the Torquay game where we dominated and failed to score and they had one chance in 90 minutes and scored! Well and truly FM’d!

Season 1 – FA Cup Day

 

We are top of the league but for how long as we keep flicking between first and second along with Leyton Orient as the boys are continuing to bang the goals in to keep us at the top fighting for the title. We have a massive FA Cup game coming up against Oxford at home and we have a chance of beating them and progressing in to the next round. We continue to come up against difficult teams in this league and we play teams around us along with our FA Cup game. I have been looking at a couple of players that we could potentially bring in as we lack depth in a couple of positions but we aren’t desperate enough to be forced in to signing anyone it has to be right for us.

 

Aldershot – Away – League – 13th V 1st

Jack Dunn gives us an early lead inside two minutes when McDonnell squares to Dunn on the edge of the area and his shot wrong foots the keeper after it takes a deflection off a defender and goes in to the back of the net. Aldershot equalise in the second half when a cross to Turner who is wide open at the far post is tucked under the keeper. A game of two halves and we pushed for a second goal but their keeper was on fire.

 

Hartlepool – Away – League – 9th V 2nd

We take an early lead again when Embleton plays it across the area to Green to slide it past the keeper at his near post. We double our lead seconds later from their kick off when McDonnell robs the ball and plays a long ball up to Green who pulls it back to Dunn to tap in to an empty net. We get a third after a corner is put in to the area and McEveley is there with a bullet header leaving the keeper no chance. Hartlepool do pull one back before half time when McLoughlin beats our defence for pace and rounds the keeper to tap home. They get a second straight from kick off in the second half in a comedy moment when Magloire falls on the ball in the area leaving Morris to fire past the keeper. We put the game to bed when Embleton curls a beautiful free kick in to the top corner.

 

FC Halifax – Home – League – 2nd V 18th

A dominant and deserved win and we really should of scored more than the one goal and Halifax didn’t manage a single shot on target all game. I thought we had taken the lead in the 20th minute but Waring was offside when he put the ball in the back of the net. We do finally get the goal in the 69th minute and it’s Green again when he beats the offside trap and slides it under the keeper to get the three points. We did lose Dunn again to injury and will be out for about a month.

 

Oxford – Home – FA Cup 1st Round

Jack Payne gives oxford the lead when a corner is cleared but only to Payne on the edge of the area as he curls it in to the top corner. We get a goal against the run of play when Waring dummies a ball to Green in to the area to fire home. We went a bit more attacking in the second half for a while and it paid off when Green puts us in front after Embleton plays him in on goal to slide through the keepers legs. Oxford equalise late on when a shot from Belaid from outside the area deflects off two players and flies in to the bottom corner. Oxford retake the lead when a cross to Payne is tapped home from 5 yards out. We shoot ourselves in the foot when McEveley passes the ball in to his own goal!

 

Dagenham & Redbridge – Home – League – 1st V 4th

A dominant performance and strong start from us as we have a number of good chances to take the lead but it wasn’t until the 25th minute when a goal did come. We win a penalty when Waring is pulled to the floor at a corner which Cole fires in to the top right corner. Green doubles our lead early in the second half when he cuts in from the right and fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner.

 

Gateshead – Away – League – 8th V 1st

Waring puts us in front early in the game when Buxton puts a cross in to the far post to Waring who takes and touch and drills it past the keeper. Embleton doubles our lead when a cross from Buxton is cleared to Embleton on the edge of the area to volley in to the top corner with the keeper getting a slight touch to it. We get a third when Green robs the ball off a defender before whipping it in to Waring to head home. Green gets a goal of his own in injury time when Norburn plays the ball over the top for Green to volley home. Gateshead get in the game more in the second half and finally get a goal with a header from a corner. They get a second when a poor ball out from defence leaves Langstaff one v one to tuck past the keeper.

 

 

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We are still looking shaky at times in games but are more and more looking dominant in games and we look like a team that could beat anyone in this league. Drama in the FA Cup as usual as we looked like we would beat Oxford but we bottled it and conceded two goals late on and McEveley’s own goal was laughable when he passed the ball in to his own goal so was sad to be knocked out as we had every chance of beating them. We have also signed Embleton until the end of the season after he has impressed on loan and has seemed to of stepped up a gear in the last few games. We have a small gap on to Orient but they have a game in hand which could possibly close back up to being a point behind. I feel that if we do get promoted this year then we could quite easily be comfortable in League two and with the right signings who knows but there is along way to go before then!

 

Season 1 – Top Of The Table Clash

 

What a start we are having and our aim for promotion is still on course to be achieved. No game is easy in this league and we have one of the biggest games of our season coming up in a few games time against Leyton Orient which could possibly see us finish first or second come the end of the season. We also have an FA Cup game and we have been drawn at home to Blyth which is a winnable game and also a home tie to bring in a bit extra money.

 

 

Ebbsfleet – Away – League – 17th V 2nd

 

A poor first half from us until Waring opens the scoring. The goal comes after Buxton whips in an early ball in to the area and Waring stretches out a leg and pokes it past the keeper. Buxton turns goalscorer minutes later when he makes a run down the right before drilling it in to the bottom corner from 20 yards out. We give away a penalty in injury time after Magloire pulls a players shirt with Magri stepping up and firing it down the middle. A quiet second half with the little action in front of either goal saw us get the three points.

 

Wrexham – Home – Leageue – 1st V 8th

 

We open the scoring in a bizarre fashion when Devarn Green crosses the ball in to the area aiming for Waring but it misses everyone and goes in off the far post. We again concede a penalty in the first half which Boden smashes in to the roof of the net. Wrexham then take the lead against the run of play when Jennings curls a free kick in to the top corner. We do manage to get an equaliser minutes later when Embleton lays the ball off to Buxton who fires first time past the keeper at his near post. They retake the lead when we don’t deal with a corner and they have a free tap in. Pickard gives us a share of the points after Reckford runs down the left before squaring to Pickard who smashes it first time in to the back of the net.

 

Bromley – Away – League – 24th V 2nd

 

We take an early lead against bottom of the league Bromley when a free kick is knocked down by Green to Embleton who volleys it across the keeper and in to the far corner. We double our lead before half time when Dunn picks up a loose ball and plays Green in on goal to slide it under the keeper. A hard fought win against bottom of the league and we dug deep and got the deserved win.

 

Leyton Orient – Home – League – 2nd V 1st

 

One of our biggest games of the season against Leyton Orient and we started slowly and handed them an early advantage. Leyton Orient were the first to score from our own mistakes when McAnuff crosses from the right and Magloire tries to head it clear but instead heads it in to his own net. We pull level when a corner falls to Green at the back post to fire in to the roof of the net. We tried to get the winner and probably should have after we dominated the game but we take a share of the points and stay in touching distance of Orient.

 

Chester – Home – League – 2nd V 23rd

 

Devarn Green gives us the lead when a clearance hits one of our players and falls to Green in the area who side foots it home. Another game where we dominated and only scored one goal which is something we will look to work on in training. We did have a chance to get a second and the winner late on but Green’s volley smashes off the post and goes wide. Dunn got injured in this game and will be out for a couple of weeks with a groin injury.

 

Blyth – Home – FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

 

We put out a strong side to ensure Blyth don’t cause an upset and we can get in to the next round. Our class shone from the get go and we take the lead just after 20 minutes and Waring gets it when Cawley plays him in on goal and tucks it under the keeper. Cawley then gets a goal of his own late on to secure the win with a worldie when he hits a volley from 30 yards out which flies in to the top corner.

 

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After some tough games we continue to look good and have one defeat in our first 15 games. It is still so so close at the top of the table and we are only top by goal difference after our front three can’t stop scoring. A comfortable win against Blyth also sees us go through in to the first round of the FA Cup where we will play at home to League 1 Oxford. I am really enjoying this team as we have quality in every position with players fighting for positions and we always look like we can get a goal or two in every game. We will continue to keep pushing Orient in to mistake to help open up the gap at the top and a win against them would of been nice and we deserved it if you look at the stats but a draw isn’t as bad as it could of been.

 

Season 1 – Goals For Fun

 

We have had a great start getting four wins out of our first four games and beating teams easily and looking comfortable being at the top and the pressure that will continue to be put on us if we keep on winning. I feel we are still a player or two from a ‘perfect’ side but that is always the case as you always look to improve the side. If we can keep our front three fit and firing then I can see us having a strong chance of winning the league.

 

Transfers

Kevin Cawley – 15k

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Elliot Embleton – 3 Month Loan

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A couple more players have joined the club in Cawley and Embleton. Kevin comes in to add competition to Dunn for the CAM position as Dunn was the only player comfortable in that position and Cawley has some very good stats for this level. I have also been retraining Larnell Cole to play in centre midfield which he has been and hasn’t played below a 7 which is a promising start. Elliot has also come in for 3 months more as a back up but we do get injures ans suspensions.

Eastleigh – Away – League – 2nd V 1st

 

An open end to end 30 minutes with both sides coming close to breaking the deadlock but it was us who take the lead shortly before the half hour mark. The goal comes when Dunn plays the ball to Green to run on to and fire across the keeper and in to the bottom corner. Eastleigh pull level when Yeates hits a long ball to Constable who drills it in to the top corner. Green puts us back in front just before half time when a shot from Dunn deflects off a defender and falls to Green to tuck past the keeper. We secure the win in injury time after Green whips a low ball to Waring at the near post who fires it against the post and it rebounds off Togwell and in to the back of the net.

 

Boreham Wood – Home – League – 1st V 17th

 

We take a deserved lead in the second half when Norburn puts a free kick in to the area and Magloire rises highest to head home past the keeper. We give away a penalty minutes later for a sloppy tackle and Andrade punishes us by putting it in to the top corner to get a share of the points.

 

Solihull – Away – League – 19th V 1st

 

We open the scoring after a shot from Green is going wide but Waring gets to it just in time and pokes in from a tight angle. We double our lead when Dunn plays the ball over the top to Green who volleys it in to the back of the net. Green makes it three when he beats the offside trap and fires it in to the top corner giving the keeper no chance. Solihull get in the game with a goal of their own when they play a short free kick in to the area before slotting it under the keeper. We get a fourth and it’s Green again after Dunn squares it to him inside the area to tuck home. We make it five late on when Magloire heads in at the back post from a corner.

 

Dover – Home – League – 1st V 12th

 

One of those games where nothing was going for us and it didn’t help when Fox was shown a straight red early in the game for a late challenge from behind. We continue to push for the goal despite being a man down but it was Dover who grabs the win and all three points when we can’t clear a corner and Daniel fires past the keeper.

 

Barrow – Home – League – 1st V 14th

 

We take an early lead when Reckford sprints down the left before pulling the ball back to Dunn inside the area to poke past the keeper. Waring gets our second when he gets on the end of a free kick from Embleton and heads home at the near post. Waring gets his second of the game after the ball is bouncing around in the area and he reacts quickest and fires in to the bottom corner. Green makes it four in injury time when he is open in the area from a free kick and heads past the keeper.

 

Maidenhead – Away – League – 3rd V 1st

 

Jack Dunn gives us an early lead after some lovely one touch passing around the area before Waring slides Dunn in to tuck under the keeper. Dunn gets a second with a worldie of goal when Green crosses from the right in to the area and he volleys it in to the top corner. Magloire makes it three when he beats the keeper with a looping header from a corner.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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We continue our good run but the slim chance of an unbeaten season has come to an end after a slight slip up with the defeat to Dover which on another day wouldn’t of happened but we didn’t turn up and they did so fair play to them. Our main three of Waring, Green and Dunn are still playing out their skin and either bagging a goal or two a game or setting up the other to score. We have Leyton Orient coming up who are continuing to push us and match us game for game and that game could be a title deciding game if they also have a strong season. We also start our FA cup journey with a qualifying round with hopes of going on a run and maybe getting a big team at our place. Magloire is another player who has come in and done very well and has also contributed with a couple of goals and hopefully we can extend his loan till the end of the season.