First blog ever! Having spent a great number of hours and days with my last save with my harchester team, winning an awful lot along the way, I decided to stop for a bit and try my hand at another challenge, to bring a club from the bottom rung of football and fight, claw and scrounge my way to the top! I have never done this before and I want to try now as simply put, I'm getting bored of my Harchester team winning everything!! LOL
So firstly, I begin with my team, I chose Bath City in Blue Square South, a team on the up!! haha, my confidence betrays me, I have a stick thin squad that'll be needed to be whipped into a lean and mean relegation fighting machine! Taking a cue from joannes3000, I scoure far and wide for free agents, so in otherwords, the shores of England. And thus far there have been no improvements on that score! A transfer budget of 1k and a wage budget of 6k gives me little wiggle room!
With a 4-1-3-2 formation being my choice I need, based on my current squad, a goalkeeper is my main priority, as I only have one and if I lose him I am royally screwed! Also, a top centre-half is essential to my team making it in this league!
I'll check back in in a few hours but I'm sure that this will be the start of something special!
And we're back! So since last night I have aquired a good bit of free talent that I hope will do me in good stead:
Several of our fans were delighted with several bargain buys, most noticibly central midfielder Andrew Matthews, and goalkeeper Gabriel Sava, most excellent aquisitions!
6 friendlies to see where my team is at, and 6 very up and down results, LWWWWD with impressive 4-0 wins over Woking and Eastbourne Boro! Delighted and full of optimism, I marched confidently forward to the first competitive match of the new season...
...And disaster! A shocking 5-1 defeat away to Bishop's Stortford, Abysmal display, no-one on the team played remotely well, with the only consolation coming from our inspirational captain Justyn McKay. After that I tweaked my tactics and change how we were approching games, it also didn't help when I realised that almost all of my team were on part-time contracts!! And so that became the newest priority, and now, all but 9 of the first team are on full-time contracts! WOOT!
Next up was Basingstoke, and here I began to see signs of improvement, I kept faith in some of the players from the last match, changing only a few faces, and it yielded more shots on goal (13) than previously, albeit only 1 on target but hey! we can't have it all! a 1-1 draw to bag the season's first points and a much more spirited display.
A 3-2 win over Havant & Waterlooville ought to have made me happy as it was a win and 3 points on the board for us, our first win! However, I was slightly disappointed as we clawed back into the game from a goal down to 2-1 up and on 70" their equaliser comes from a mistake in our midfield, all was not lost to depair however, when, on 82", young Kieran Hall pops up and hits a belter from 25 yards to win us the match! Get in my son!
Newport Co. provided our next challenge, and learning from my previous save, I implemented my own training schedules for each position and it really helped me here. We dominated from the off and a 2-1 win fully justified it with goals from Darren Edwards and David Gilroy, our two first team strikers.
And after 5 league games gone, top rated player is Captain Justyn McKay on 7.43, but it's unfortunate as he is gonna be missed for us as he's out of action for 2-3 weeks!! thankfully I have some good solid cover and it'll be ok for the time being. I have now identified the left back spot which would be an issue in the future should my current one flake out and wither...
OK! 14 more games played (8 league games), and what a roll we are on! Hot streak is not the word guys! In the Conference League Cup 1st round we got Bishop's Stortford, who thumped us 5-1 away on the first game of the season, I was a little wary of the team so I made some minor tweaks and we drew 2-2 in 90 minutes and needless to say I was very disappointed as we were leading 2-1 up until the 87th minute when we gave away a sloppy penalty. But we prevailed and won the shootout with our 19 YO 'keeper Gabriel Sava scoring the winning penalty! From this then we're now on an incredible un-beaten run that now stretches to 18 games starting from the second game (1-1 against Basingstoke)! The last game played was a dream, a 7-0 thrashing of Bromley! I was on cloud nine after that!! This has now left us at 2nd in the league and qualified for the FA cup proper!
As mentioned before, I had identified the left full area as a sore spot on the team, not that the left back I had was not good, it was just that he wasn't a GREAT one, and that is what I want from this team, a level of greatness. And so I dipped back into the free transfer market and happened across four very good players that I believe will do me in good stead for this year and beyond. Nelson Cuevas, an extremely fast and energetic player that will offer assistance between the foward line and the midfield. Daniel Charge, a young 20 YO, Athletic and Powerful striker, Jamie Gleeson, a back up defensive midfielder, and Luis FernÃ¡ndez, a 36 YO left back that offers me the protection that I'm looking for on that left flank, his experience will be immensly important to my younger players.
These four were required as one of my first choice strikers has broken his leg and is out for 6-7 months, and is out for the season, one of my midfielders has dislocated his shoulder and is out for 3 months, a defender is out for a month with a pulled hamstring, all long term injuries and so, stepping back into the transfer market was a necessity!
I head into the christmas period with a level of motivation and determination for this Bath team to hit dizzying heights with me at the helm, when i reach the end of January in the game I'll check back in! Til then Adios!