The First Team Manager's update
Another week, another 3 points.
This week saw us travel to Sevenoaks.
Many may have thought given the run we are currently on coupled with the poor
form Sevenoaks have had of late, that this would simply be a matter of turning
up and taking the three points with minimal effort. Unfortunately not, in these
leagues there is never an easy game, we have to take into account pitch
surfaces, weather conditions, injuries, Tactics and many, many more things which
all add up to a successful outcome.
This was a scrappy match, especially the
first half, I thought we were simply not good enough in that first half, yes the
weather conditions played a part, but we made a lot of errors sometimes unforced
errors. However, I must also take into account, that we can not play great
football every game, the same as no football team can ever win every single game
of football, all of the time.
I felt we were poor on set piece deliveries
generally, an area we are usually very good at, I believe the 3g surface and the
wind played their parts, however, this is an area we must improve upon. When we
are used to playing with our home ground conditions, to suddenly go out onto a
completely flat and quality 3g pitch - we must be able to adapt a little
I asked some serious questions of the lads at half time, to
which to their credit, they came back out refreshed, and ready to battle like we
have been accustomed to of late. I felt the second half was a different game,
and we, for the majority dominated the rest of the game. We put together some
very good phases and were finally rewarded on 85 minutes from some great
combination play down the left, with Billy linking up nicely with Roman, who
played a well weighted ball into the path of Liam Middleton who calmly slotted
home the winner leaving the GK no chance.
I am really pleased for Liam
having brought him in from my old stomping ground at Dover Athletic as one of my
first signings - don't forget how old he is, a great future prospect.
Ultimately, we came away with the all important 3 points to make that 6 wins
from the last 7 games and 4 consecutive away wins on the bounce. I hear this is
the best run we have put together for several years.
Dispute the fact we
have had to deal with a number of blows this week it really shows the character
and the new found ambition of the squad. To provide a few updates for you all
which will explain the difficulties we have been facing:
Late this week,
Margate came back in for Ben Fitchett, who has excelled in recent weeks having
bought into the whole new team ethos we were starting to see a fantastically
rejuvenated central defender come into his own and really start to show signs of
improvement and progression, so much so that other teams have taken notice, it's
always going to be difficult to maintain good players who have come into form
from higher leagues, but as I said from day 1, I will never stand in the way of
a players personal progression, we all aim to play at the highest level
possible, I sat down with Ben and had a conversation with him, he thanked me for
progression he has made under my management of late and I thanked him for his
professionalism and performances, Ben goes with our best regards and I hope he
goes on to be successful at the highest possible levels.
Lex Allan is
still several weeks away from recovery but his rehab is going well, Lex trained
for the first time this week and although he is still in recovery, the early
signs are looking very positive, it is unclear at present if he will be able to
return before the end of the season, but we will do what's right by him.
Josh Spencer is awaiting an MRI scan on his knee, and is likely to be out for a
number of weeks, again another young prospect who will go far. But that's two
central defenders out injured and another moved on, this is why it's so
important to have squad depth and quality to bring in. I am currently working on
a new acquisition (Central defender) to see us through to the end of the season.
I hope to provide further positive news shortly.
Joahnn Cainey/Bryan is
nursing a groin injury and will more than likely be out for a couple of
Manny Ndew is nursing an ankle injury, he will be obtaining
an X-Ray first thing Monday morning so I hope to provide news on that one
Billy Lewins, although he came on yesterday in the second half
and did well, has been playing through a bad cold and was in bed straight after
the game yesterday.
Sub GK Matt Funnell is away on trial with AFC
Wimbledon, once again we wish him the best of luck.
Tom LOYNES is still
awaiting an MRI also so again another long term injury.
And lastly Tommy
FAGG is now away for the next three games.
These are the challenges we
face in non league football.
I would like to once again thank all the fans
for their continued support - an away trip to Whitstable up next on Saturday
where we aim to maintain our recent great form. Up to 12th in the league,
another win takes us inside the top ten where we hope to finish the year.
Man of the match for me yesterday was young Jack Morell, he is growing from
strength to strength, long may it continue.
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