Season 2 – Cup Runs?

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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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.

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Season 2 – Frustrating Times

 

We are top of the league! Can we keep it up as we get closer to the midway point of the season where there is more games in shorter space of time. We have a good side now and we should now be able to finish around the play offs but the league is still so tight anything could happen. Some tough games coming up as well as a Checkatrade trophy group game. DoctorBenjy would be proud of one of the upcoming games…

Port Vale – Home – League – 1st V 14th

A boring game until around the last ten minutes when we saw two goals. A game we dominated from start to finish and really should of won had we not conceded in the dying seconds. We take a deserved lead in the second half when the ball is played in to Luis Alberto on the edge of the area and slides Green in to fires across the goalkeeper and in to the far corner. Port Vale get a late equaliser when a cross finds Ellis at the back post to tap in.

 

Swindon – Away – League – 15th V 1st

We are shown a straight red early on when Wood is sent off for a two footed tackle. Swindon take the lead from our own mistake when Bobby loses the ball on the edge of the area to Mullin who lobs it over him and in to the back of the net. Swindon get a second after they break away down the left before pulling it back to Aribo to tap in. Their third goal is exactly the same type of goal as the come down the right this time before pulling it back to El Mhassani to shoot and it takes a deflection off Vyner. The game is evened up when Swindon go down to ten men with Amoros getting a second yellow. Swindon get a fourth after we can’t clear the ball and Sterling curls in to the far corner from just inside the area.

 

Port Vale – Home – Checkatrade Trophy

We take the lead just after 20 minutes against a very defensive Port Vale side. A cross from the byline from Abreu hits Ellis and goes in. We get a second before half time after we break away down the right with Abreu beating two players before crossing to Waring to tuck home. A much better better performance this time out than the last time we played them.

 

Doncaster – Home – League – 1st V 20th

What a roller coaster of a game this would be! Doncaster have a goal disallowed early on when a shot takes a slight deflection off Mandeville who was offside. We do get the opening goal and it comes from Gribbin, Lee rolls the ball to him and he fires a rocket of a shot in to the top corner. Abreu gets our second after Gribbin plays a ball over the defence for Abreu to tuck in to the corner. Doncaster manage to pull one back early in the second half when Byrne heads home from a Moha cross. Gribbin gets his second of the game with a low driven shot from the edge of the area which finds the bottom corner. Our fourth comes from De Girolamo and his first for the club after Green pulls it back for Diego to curl in to the far post. Doncaster get a second and again it is Byrne with a header from a cross. He then gets his hat trick and a hat trick of headers as heads home from a corner at the front post. They then win a soft penalty late on but it is saved by Bobby as it’s fired straight at him. Donacaster then equalise when their keeper hoofs the ball up to Mandeville to take a touch and tuck it under Bobby and get a share of the points.

 

Coventry – Away – League – 12th V 1st

A poor result against a very average Coventry side. Coventry score inside 20 minutes as Emmanuel-Thomas is free at the back post to poke past the keeper. They double their lead early in the second half after they counter and Jones crosses in to Redan to head past Bobby. Redan gets his second of the game after he beats two of our defenders on the edge of the area before poking it under the keeper.

 

Stevenage – Home – League – 2nd V 16th

Callum Gribbin puts us in front in what would be a dominant first half performance. The goal comes after he plays a one two with Green before firing it past the keeper. He then turns provider minutes later as he puts a low ball across the 6 yard line for Abreu to flick in. Gribbin is involved again as he gets his second of the game when Abreu lays it off to him and he fires it through the keepers hands and in to the back of the net. We win a penalty on the half hour mark and Gribbin cooly puts it in to the bottom corner for his hat trick. Stevenage get in the game in the second half when Samuel smashes the ball past Bobby at his near post. Wordsworth gets our fifth goal from a free kick which takes a slight deflection off the wall to beat the keeper. Abreu gets his second and our sixth late on when the ball falls to him in the area to poke home.

 

Southend – Away – League – 8th V 1st

A really fucking boring game. Little highlights and hardly any chances at goal from either side. Both teams cancelled each other out as it was very scrappy with both sides getting players booked. Either team could of won it had they put their shots on target. We could of possibly won it mid way in the second half but as a shot from Abreu beats the keeper but clips the post and goes out.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Well didn’t we bottle that game against Doncaster! A really mixed month from us as we have dropped points against teams we could of beaten. It still amazes me how competitive we are in our first season as I thought we would struggle more but yet we find ourselves still at the top fighting for the title. Abreu is still scoring goals and Gribbin has really stepped up and has shown his class with some amazing performances recently and also scoring 5 in his last 7 as well as setting up goals. Rumours have been going round recently that Brighton want me as manager!? They haven’t approached me yet but I’m already slightly thinking about it. They are struggling the Championship around 19th place. Do we go or do we stay? Do we leave a team fighting for promotion and go to a team where the best is probably mid table? Or do we stay till the end of the season and go somewhere else? Brighton are a bigger club compared to Tranmere and this is a journeyman and they would be a massive step up.. What would you do?? Stay or Leave… They may not even approach me or offer me the job!

Season 2 – Better Than Expected..

 

A few games in to the season we are currently sitting top of League 2 and knocked Nottingham Forest out of the Carabao Cup before narrowly losing to Barnsley in the next round. Transfer deadline day has been and gone and we did do some deals which I will get to in a minute. I know it’s still very early in the season but we have performed far better than I expected and should we continue a good run of form early on then that will get rid of the worry of getting relegated straight back down. What a signing Abreu has been as well, I feel like I’ve managed him before but he has come in to a new club in a new country and been one of our best players with either scoring goals or setting them up for others.

Cohen Bramall – Loan – First signing of deadline day was a left back. Cohen comes in with bags of pace and potential.

Anthony Wordsworth – Free Transfer – Anthony comes in to add depth to our midfield which I felt we lacked and he has solid stats for this league and will possibly be one of our key players this season.

Luis Alberto – Free Transfer – Bit of an unknown signing much like Abreu was but again like Wordsworth has very good stats. Will be a back up for now but if he performs well when he plays he’ll start in games.

 

Barnet – Away – League – 12th V 1st

After a very boring opening 40 minutes the game came to life and saw the first goal of the game. We take the lead in bizarre fashion when the keeper comes to the edge of his area to pick up the ball but misses it leaving Gribbin to square to Walker to tap in to an empty goal. We double our lead early in the second half after Bobby hoofs the ball over everyone for Abreu to run on to and curl past the keeper. Barnet pull one back not long after our second when Tarpey finds Akinde in space in the area to head past Bobby.

 

Burnley Under 23’s – Home – Checkatrade Trophy Group B

We came up against a strong Burnley side and it would soon turn in to a crazy game. Burnley shown their quality early on before going ahead when a whipped ball in from the right finds Wells to slide in a poke it in. We weren’t behind for long as Walker beats his defender before floating a ball in to the area for Abreu to head down and past the keeper at the back post. Burnley win a penalty when Wells is ‘pushed over’ but Bobby saves it Defour’s shot which was straight down the middle. We take advantage of the missed penalty by taking the lead as a corner is played to Wallace on the edge of the area who drills it towards goal and it takes a deflection off Jumeau and goes in. Abeu gets his second when he gets on the end of a cross from Bramall to tuck in at the near post. Burnley soon get a second in the game when Bobby drops a corner in to his own goal and couldn’t clear it quick enough before it crossed the line. Burnley then equalise after we can’t clear our area and Cropper fires home past Bobby at his near post. Abreu gets his hat trick when Bobby plays a long ball over the top for him to take a touch and dinks it over the onrushing keeper. Green comes off the bench and kills the game when he gets our fifth of the game when Gribbin plays him in on goal to fire across the keeper and in to the bottom corner. Green gets a second late on and again it’s Gribbin with the assist when he slides him in to put the ball between the keepers legs.

 

Lincoln – Home – League – 1st V 15th

We make the perfect start when we take the lead inside 30 seconds. The ball is played out to Walker on the right who crosses it in to Abreu who makes a late run to the front post to flick past the keeper. Lincoln win a penalty in the second half which Bostwick fires in to the top right corner to pull level. Gribbin puts us back in front when Green nods a ball down to him to side foot in to the bottom corner. Green gets our third and kills the game off after a ball is half cleared to Green who takes a touch and drills it in to the bottom corner.

 

Accrington – Away – League – 8th V 1st

Abreu gives us the lead just after the half hour mark when the ball bounces around the area from a corner and Abreu reacts quickest to poke it past the keeper. We get a second goal shortly after when Abreu slides the ball between two defenders for Gribbin to curl it past the keeper. A boring second half with little highlights saw us come away with the three points.

 

Cheltenham – Away – League – 2nd V 1st

Top of the table clash against Cheltenham. We take the lead after a tight opening 20 minutes when Walker plays a one two with Oakley-Boothe and tucks it under the keeper. We get a second goal of the game when Gribbin whips a free kick in to the area for Oakley-Boothe to head in at the back post. We score a third with ten minutes to go when Abreu flicks a corner on to Wordsworth to tap in. Cheltenham pull one back instantly after they break away down the right and cross in to Wright to tuck in to the corner. A nervy ending to the game as Cheltenham win a penalty late on which Wright scores when he fires it in to the bottom corner.

 

Crewe – Home – League – 1st V 14th

Our first defeat comes at to home to FMU’s Crewe. The first time this season where we had one of those games where we couldn’t take our chances. Crewe take the lead when Wood loses his man at a cross and Reilly volleys past the keeper. Reilly gets his second of the game just after the hour mark when hes in one on one with Bobby and he slots it in to the corner. We do manage to get in the game and pull one back when Vyner puts a ball across the 6 yard line and Wallace taps it in at the back post.

 

Gillingham – Away – League – 3rd V 1st

Our second game without a win as we get a draw away at Gillingham. We take the lead early on when a corner is played short to Wallace on the edge of the area and curls it in to the far corner (Izquierdo v West Ham kind of goal). Gillingham equalise when a cross hits the back of Grandison and wrong foots Bobby to go in. We did have a chance ti win it late on but Abreu’s shot clipped the post and went out. Another game where we’ve dropped points which is a bit frustrating but we are a newly promoted team.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Our good form continues and hopefully the slight dip in the last couple of games won’t continue much longer. Despite losing our first game we still sit top of the table two points clear. We continue to look a very good side and our aim for mid table/top half finish is looking more likely after every game. All the new signings have settled in well and are all performing above and beyond leading us to be top. I am expecting our form to dip as in a league like this every game is difficult and anyone can beat anyone. I am pleased with the squad and yes you can always improve it but with the budget we have we have some very good players and the more we continue to improve as a manager and a club the better quality of player will want to join.

 

 

Season 2 – Pre Season, Transfers & The Opening Day

 

Welcome back! We start our second season at Tranmere and hopefully we can have a pretty decent season in League 2 and I am fairly confident we can stay up but you never know until you’ve started the season. We have brought in a few players to help strengthen the side and add depth and hopefully be more competitive in a better league. I am going to do this season slightly different to how I have blogged before and if it works I will keep it this way as I will now do it in monthly or two months updates if we don’t have many games etc.. Let’s take a look at the team and our new signings as well as a quick look at our pre season results before we kick off the first few games of the season. In pre season we were 14th favourite to win the league at 75-1 which would be about right for a newly promoted side.

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Team

Scott Davies – Will be our number two after we brought Bobby in. Scott is a solid keeper and should perform well this season when called upon.

Adam Buxton – Another player who will be a back up for this season and another solid player and he gives us more options with being able to play on the left or right of defence.

Zak Vyner – We managed to secure him for the season from Bristol City which I am pleased with as I feel he can develop well here as well as he can help us. Performed well last season leading to us retaining him for another year.

Jay McEveley – Jay will be our back up centre back after we brought in better players for the position and he is a good back up for penalties which we found out last season!

Callam Jones – Callam is a player I am currently looking to loan as I feel he will be better off playing regularly rather than sitting on our bench but a player than can perform when asked to play.

Jamie Reckford – Will be our first choice unless someone better joins the club. He has good pace to get up and down the wing with the style of football we play.

Adam McDonnell – Another player we have kept of for another season after helping us to the title last season. He will hopefully be a regular in midfield should he stay fit. Pleased to keep him for another season. (Highly recommend if in League 2/National League).

James Wallace – Performed well last season and has kept his place in the team. Has good stats and should be comfortable at this level.

Wayne Bartle – A youth player you will find more about in the first couple of games in. Promoted to the first team due to a rule in the league.

Ollie Norburn – Ollie will be a back up midfield after we have strengthened with a couple of signings in his position. May look to move him on.

Jack Dunn – Mr long ranger himself. Will play back up to Gribbin but will get game time as he has good stats and a player that performs well.

Devarn Green – My boy! May have to loan him out after we have brought in a couple of strikers with more quality than we had last season. May come off the bench in games should we need pace.

Tyler Walker – We managed to keep Tyler for another season as well after I was impressed by him while on loan for a short time last season. Will hopefully contribute with the goals and assists again and keep developing in to a solid player for the football league.

Transfers

Olly Lee (Free) – A DOF signing but one that I was fine to sign as he has good stats and football league experience which is something I was looking to add with our new signings.

Lloyd Jones (Season loan) – Joined on loan for the season and is possibly to good for this level and hopefully he can show that with good performances this season.

Jermaine Grandison (Free) – A solid player for this level and will partner Lloyd at the back which imo is a good centre back partnership. Another player with plenty of football league experience.

Callum Gribbin (Season loan) – What a signing! Got him on loan till the end of the season. A player everyone signs but he always performs well and another who is to good for this level of football.

Bobby Olejnik (Free) – Bobby! He will be our first choice keeper unless he makes plenty of mistakes then Scott will replace him. Good stats and plenty of experience again.

Fabio Abreu (5k) – Bit of an unknown signing but he looks a very good player overall when looking at his stats. Could be a bit of a bargain signing?

Jamie Thomas (Free) – Jamie has come in and will be a back up striker to Abreu and Walker along with Devarn. Has potential to be a better player so will hopefully develop with game time.

Will Wood (Free) – Another DOF signing and one I delayed for a while. He has come in and done better than expected and kept Reckford out of the side for now.

Gary Miller (Free) – Came in on trial for pre season and was solid in defence in the games he playes. Signed him on a one year deal for back up to Vyner.

Diego De Girolomo (Free) – Another striker brought in on a free but Diego can also play in behind the strikers if needed. Good stats for this level and a player that always scores against me!

Tashan Oakley-Boothe (6 month loan) – DOF Signed him on loan till January. A good young player with lots of potential and already looks a good player. May try and keep him till end of the season if he plays well.

Pre Season

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A solid pre season with our only defeat coming against a strong Liverpool side which is kind of expected! A surprising win at home to Wigan was pleasing to see as well as being unbeaten in our other games. Assistant managed these games as usual and we had chance to look at a few trialists during the games.

 

Chesterfield – Home – League – 21st V 6th

Opening day of the season and a chance to get off to a good start. Chesterfield thought they had taken the lead but it was ruled offside which got our players more determined to get a goal. We do get the opening goal late in the first half and Abreu gets it on his debut when Wallace finds him in space in the area to tuck it past the keeper at his near post. A more dominant second half from us and we get a deserved second goal when Green controls a corner and pokes home from a tight angle. We get a third late on and it’s the youngster Bartle on his debut with a rocket in to the top corner from 30 yards out! Not bad for a youngster..

 

Nottingham Forest – Away – Carabao Cup 1st Round

Forest win a penalty just after 20 minutes which Cummings puts in to the top left corner to give them a deserved lead. We tried to go more attacking in the second half and it worked as we leveled against the run of play. Green gets two in two when he heads home a cross from Wood. Forest soon retake the lead when a shot from Dasilva is hit so fast that Bobby doesn’t move to try and save it. We equalise again when Wallace places a first time shot in to the top corner from the edge of the area from a short free kick. Jack Dunn gives us the winner late on when he has a shot that hits the post but he reacts quickest to tap in at the second attempt. We end the game with ten men when Grandison is shown a second yellow for pulling at Cummings shirt.

 

Exeter – Away – League – 1st V 4th

Exeter take an early lead when Stockley heads home a cross at the front post. We win a penalty after Abreu is tripped in the area but Miller fires it straight down the middle at the keeper. He makes up for the penalty with a goal when Gribbin whips a free kick to the back post for Miller to head in. Exeter go down to ten men in the first half when Stockley is shown a straight red for a late tackle on Wood. We then get a man sent off when Norburn is shown a second yellow minutes in to the second half. Green doubles our lead when he robs the ball off their defender before curling it past the keeper. Gribbin gets our third with ten minutes to go when the ball deflects off a defender and falls to him in the 6 yard area to tap in.

 

Leyton Orient – Home – League – 1st V 21st

We get the first goal of the game with our first shot when a shot from Boothe takes a deflection off Tutonda and goes in. Olly Lee gets our second in injury time after a free kick from Gribbin smashes the post and Lee is there to tap it in. We get a third of the game when Gribbin switches the ball wide right for Vyner who takes a touch and fires it past the keeper. Orient score a second own goal of the game and again it is from a Boothe shot which hits the knee of Sammut which wrong foots the keeper and goes in. They do manage to pull one back when De Silva has space in the area to control and cross and side foot it past Bobby.

 

Barnsley – Away – Carabao Cup 2nd Round

After beating Forest we had half a chance of doing the same to Barnsley. A strong opening ten minutes from us as we looked to get and early goal and we probably should have when Abreu smacks the post with a curling shot. Barnsley take a deserved lead in the second half when a corner isn’t cleared and is nodded down to Lindsay to tap in. Their lead doesn’t last long as Walker gets a goal when Norburn finds him in the area to fire past the keeper from a tight angle. James Wilson puts them through to the next round when a short free kick is played to him on the edge of the area and he rifles it in to the bottom corner. Another day and we could of won this game.

 

Results

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Fxtures

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Table

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We have made a good start to the season and we currently sit top of the league after three games! My aim for the season is to finish around mid table/top half finish and the board are expecting to finish mid table. We have made some good signings despite having barely any budget to use which is why a lot of them are free transfers. We have started much better than I expected and even knocked Forest out of the cup and came close at Barnsley. We have made some good signings who have helped us step up a level and we already look a better side. I obviously don’t expect us to stay at the top end of the table but if we can keep this run going then we will soon put to bed the chance of going straight back down. I am still looking to bring in another player or two in defence and centre mid but only if we can find the right player. The next update will be for the next month of games like I said and I may continue that trend for the season as it may get through the season quicker. Bit of a longer blog from me as we went through the team and new signings…Sorry! Let’s see where this season takes us and who knows where we will finish.

 

Thanks for reading.

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.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table: 

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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.

 

Season 1 – Pre Season & Opening Games

 

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.

 

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Pre Season

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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.

 

Transfers

Adam Mcdonnell – Season long loan

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Jamie Reckford – Free Transfer

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Callam Jones – Free Transfer

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Jake Pickard – Free Transfer

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Tyler Magloire – Six Month Loan

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Ben Fox – Season long loan

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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.

 

Results

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Fixtures

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Table

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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.