We will have a quick look at how our pre season has gone along with looking at the transfers we have made before we kick off the season away at Torquay. We have also brought in more staff and we now have the best staff in the league. I am hoping we can have a strong season and the aim is for promotion.
We have had a good pre season going unbeaten although we did play mostly easier teams and we held Shrewsbury to a draw at our place. As usual my assistant took charge of the games but this year it isn’t my usual number two in Brede Hangeland as he is now not interested in being an assistant in this years game so I have kept Michael Jackson on and he has done well with taking charge of the games.
Adam Mcdonnell – Season long loan
Jamie Reckford – Free Transfer
Callam Jones – Free Transfer
Jake Pickard – Free Transfer
Tyler Magloire – Six Month Loan
Ben Fox – Season long loan
We have brought in some good players with the defenders bringing pace which we desperately need which is shown in our opening game. We have also brought in a couple of centre midfielders in as we lacked quality players who prefer to play in that position. We did also bring in another striker in Pickard who looks very good for this level. McDonnell also looks a very good player for this level.
Torquay – Away – League – 21st V 22nd
Torquay take an early lead after Griffiths gets on the end of a low ball in to the area to tap in at the back post. We concede a penalty minutes later but Davies dives to his right and pushes it wide to keep it at one nil. They get a second after a long ball over the top to Gray who volleys it past the keeper. My boy Devarn Green gets us back in the game after the ball is hoofed up to Pickard who plays the ball between two defenders for Devarn to run on to and tuck in to the bottom corner. Waring pulls us level when a low ball in to the area and he pokes it home between the keepers legs. Torquay retake the lead when the ball is played in to the near post and is fired home. We equalise again when Green finds the ball fall to him in the area for him to slot past the keeper. We then win a penalty late in injury which McNulty puts straight down the middle to get us the win.
Woking – Home – League – 5th V 18th
A one sided first half from us with Dunn coming closest to getting the opener when he smashes the crossbar from the edge of the area. We do get the opening goal in the second half when a shot from Reckford smashes the post and Green reacts quickest to tap in. We get a second late on when Green crosses from the right to Harris on the penalty spot and fires past the keeper.
Sutton – Home – League – 4th V 23rd
We are quick out the blocks and go in front inside five minutes. The goal comes when Harris plays Waring in on goal and curls it in to the bottom corner. We go down to ten men when Harris is shown a straight red for a challenge from behind. Despite being a man lighter we get a second goal, Norburn plays the ball out to Buxton who cuts inside and fires past the keeper. We wrap up the points when Fox nods the ball down to Green who volleys it past the keeper. Green gets his second when Fox robs the ball off a defender before squaring the ball to Devarn who puts it in to the top corner. He gets his hat trick in injury time when he fires home from a tight angle.
Guiseley – Away – League – 13th V 1st
Guiseley take an early lead after they break down the right before crossing to Correia who is free in the area to drill past the keeper. Waring puts us back on level terms when he squeezes the ball past the keeper at his near post. We then take the lead minutes later after a loose pass finds Green in the area and slides it under the keeper. We get a third after a shot from Buxton hits Waring and rolls over the line. We get a fourth and Waring’s hat trick late on when he beats his defender before curling it in to the top corner.
What a great start to the season we have had, won all four of our opening four games and are scoring goals for fun. We still have a long way to go but we are looking very comfortable at this stage but I’m not expecting us to go the season unbeaten! What a start Green and Waring are having with Green getting 7 in four and Waring getting 5 in 4. No game is easy at this level and it gets no easier in the next game when we play Eastleigh who are second and also won all four of their games. In our opening game our back four suffered so much with the lack of pace which Torquay took advantage of to get their goals.