Welcome back to the next update of my journeyman save where we are currently managing Crawley in the Conference National and we have had a decent start to the season so far which has seen us only have one defeat in our first 12 games. It would be nice to continue this form and form a solid place within the top 5 places at least.
Margate – Away – League – 7th V 2nd
Margate opened the scoring after we gave away a penalty on the half hour mark which they scored from. We replied pretty much instantly to their goal. A poor result overall with us looking average. Would of liked a win from this game.
Boreham Wood – Away – League – 19th V 2nd
An even game overall with Whitehouse getting the only goal of the game which gave us the 3 points. A good performance from the boys this game.
FC United – Home – League – 2nd V 3rd
FC United looked the better team in the first half despite us going in at half time 1-0 up with Freiter getting his first goal for the club. We looked the better team in the second half and we got the 3 points after we scored 2 more with Cooksley also getting his first goal for the club in this game.
We got a home draw against Sutton United who are in our league. A game in which I expect us to win and progress in the cup. On the other hand it is a cup game and anything can happen!
Newport County – Home – League – 1st V 3rd
A dominant performance from us despite us only getting one goal which went on to be the winning goal. Expected more from Newport who never had a serious threat in front of our goal.
Wrexham – Away – League – 10th V 1st
A poor performance from us seen us lose to Wrexham who really didn’t deserve the win after we created so many chances but just couldn’t take them. Felt we deserved something from this game and how we didn’t I don’t know.
Sutton United – Home – FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
A poor performance in front of goal seen us only go to a replay against Sutton. A couple of players made their debuts this game and looked alright. We dominated the game but just couldn’t take our chances.
The draw sees us potentially play Crewe away in the 1st round of the FA Cup if we can get past Sutton. I would prefer a home draw against a smaller team but maybe we can pull off an upset!?
Sutton United – Away – FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Replay
A better performance from us seen us stroll in to the next round after putting 3 past Sutton without reply. A quality performance from start to finish and we looked a class above. Pleased to progress.
The win against Sutton confirms us as the team who will go to Crewe in the 1st round with a chance of potentially causing an upset which everyone loves to see! Although I can’t see us winning it would be amazing if we could beat them.
Lincoln – Away – League – 14th V 2nd
A slow start from us but we did get the opener just before half time. We looked a better team in the second half. We deserved the win in all honesty but it was a pretty even game.
Ebbsfleet – Home – League – 2nd V 14th
Another dominant performance seen us ease past Ebbsfleet. Also Seasy got his first goal for the club in this game. We looked comfortable all game and a goal just after half time confirmed the win.
Crewe – Away – FA Cup 1st Round
I hoped for a cup upset but Crewe had enough quality to knock us out of the cup. We grew in to the game as it went on and could of potentially got an equalizer but we just couldn’t get that extra goal.
Our good form has continued on from the beginning of the season as we have only lost 2 all games all season so far, 3 if you include the cup defeat. Good to keep a clean sheet in nearly every game.
We have some big teams coming up in the next few games which also includes a top of the table clash away at Kidderminster and a FA Trophy game. If we could pick up a minimum around 6 wins out of the 9 league games I would be satisfied as I don’t expect us to go unbeaten from now till end of the season although we do look a class above compared to most teams in the league.
After 19 games we sit at the top of the pile with a couple of points gap to second placed Kidderminster. I am surprised with how many big teams are struggling in this league which proves it is a hard league. I now feel we are a solid contender for the top spot after the start we have had.
I am now more confident in the team than what I was at the beginning after how well they have played so far. With January coming up soon I will be looking to try and bring in a couple of players to help boost the numbers as we have a pretty small squad which I think is helping us as I know they can all perform when called upon. For the first time in the save I am now happy at a club where I can see us moving forward and potentially going places with. The boys have done amazing so far and deservedly sit top of the league despite Kidderminster seeming to run off in to the distance in the early days of the season. We have done far better than what I had imagined at the start after we brought in so many players but they have all settled in and gelled quickly and that is showing on the pitch with the performances we are putting in. Despite us in my opinion dropping points in games where we should of won I am really happy with how the season is going for obvious reasons and if can start and pick up points in games where we are not on top form then that will help us potentially win the league (can we really win the league!?) It is still fairly early in the season and anything can happen.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy it!