Welcome back and I know a few of you will probably want to know if Brighton approached us or not! Well we had an interview but in the end they chose someone else but since then we have had more offers coming mainly from Scotland and teams around us and also Aston Villa are interested. In the coming games we do have teams near the bottom who will be fighting for survival along with a FA Cup game and a Checkatrade trophy game against Wigan! Cup run anyone..? Or will our defence be terrified of Will Grigg..?
Plymouth – Home – League – 2nd V 16th
We dominated the opening 20 minutes having shot after shot but it was Plymouth who took the lead from an own goal. A cross from wide right hits Miller and goes in. We get the equaliser when Gribbin poaches the ball off Green and drives it across the keeper and in to the far corner. Abreu then gives us the lead minutes later after a corner is played short to Wallace and his shot deflects off Abreu at the front post. It doesn’t take long before Plymouth are level as a shot from Long on the edge of the area goes through Davies’s hands. Lee gets the winner late on when he gets the ball from a corner and fires it in to the bottom corner.
FC Halifax – Away – FA Cup First Round
We put out a fairly rotated side for our FA Cup game against Halifax. We open the scoring just after half hour when Norburn slides the ball between two defenders for Waring to tuck past the keeper. De Girolamo doubles our lead in injury time after their keeper spills a shot from Buxton in to the path of De Girolamo to tap in. A dominant win in the cup but could of really done with finishing the game off earlier in the game.
Wigan – Away – Checkatrade Trophy
We get off to the perfect start when Gribbin puts us in front inside a minute. The goal comes after Oakley-Boothe squares the ball to Gribbin on the edge of the area and he drills it past the keeper. Will Grigg puts Wigan on level terms when he heads home a cross from Berry. Wigan then take the lead in the second half and it’s Grigg again when Dunkley plays a ball over the top and Grigg rounds the keeper and rolls it in. McDonnell gets our second with 5 minutes to go with a tap in at the back post from a corner. With the game being a draw it went to penalties which we won 4-1.
Notts County – Away – League – 11th V 2nd
Devarn Green puts us in front against the run of play as he runs across his defender and taps a Vyner cross in at the near post. Abreu doubles our lead just after half time when Wallace lays it off for him to curl it round the keeper and in to the back of the net. Green gets his second of the game when the keeper doesn’t come for the ball and he taps in to an empty net at the back post.
Forest Green – Home – League – 2nd V 18th
We go in front early on when Vyner follows up his first shot with a chip ball over the keeper to give us the lead. Forest Green equalise within minutes when we allow James to turn in the area and fires the ball in to the top corner. Walker puts us back in front when the ball falls to him after the keeper can only push a shot away and he pokes it home.
Crawley – Away – League – 23rd V 2nd
A really strange result as we were the better team but come away with a defeat. Green puts us in front after a mix up from their keeper and defender and Green robs the ball and tucks it in to an empty net. Abreu gets our second minutes later when Gribbin plays him in on goal and slides it under the keeper. Crawley pull one back when they play a short free kick to Plummer in the area and smashes it past the keeper. We concede a penalty which Doherty scores by putting it in to the roof of the net. They then take the lead late on when a cross is put in to McNerney to head home unmarked at the back post.
We are still fighting for promotion! What a season this is turning in to and I never thought in pre season we would be fighting for the title. We are also in to the next round of both the FA Cup (MK Dons) and the Checkatrade Trophy (Lincoln) so maybe we could go on a cup run in one of them which would be nice. Gribbin is still putting in some amazing performances and our main front three are all performing amazingly. I never knew what to expect from Abreu as his first season in English football. We are coming up to the Christmas period and then on to the January transfer window but I don’t think I will sign anyone unless someone is out injured for a long time or a player is available that would massively improve our side but we have limited transfer and wage budget. The next update will be a bit of a longer one as I look to try and keep this journey going as I know a lot of people don’t like to read how we are struggling in League 2/1 for season after season as it would get boring. It was good to see Tyler Walker getting back on the score sheet, he has been hit and miss this season and I have left him out of the starting 11 most of the season as his performances have been shocking but hopefully he can kick on and get back to how he was last season.