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The Hawks - Dare To Dream

Started on 22 October 2014 by pompeyblue
Latest Reply on 16 February 2015 by Walter
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7 yearsEdited

Season Two: Pre-Season




A new season, but we want more of the same, after a brilliant campaign last year. The pre-season schedule is always grueling, with building up fitness the aim, yet it would also be an opportunity to see whether my players still have the momentum and confidence that was flowing when we won the league title. Some difficult games would test them, but then they always seem to overcome difficulties, and hopefully they could do so again.


Results


Havant and Waterlooville 2 – 1 Dortmund II

Bradley Bubb, 75’

Bjorn Haber, 79’

Shamir Mullings, 90+2’



Havant and Waterlooville 2 – 1 Portsmouth

Scott Donnelly (pen), 5’

Tomasz Cywka, 20’

Daniel Pappoe, 75’



Havant and Waterlooville 0 – 2 Swindon

Andrew Williams, 1’

Frank Nouble, 5’



Sutton United 2 – 4 Havant and Waterlooville

Shamir Mullings, 23’

Adebayo Akinfenwa, 27’

Bradley Bubb, 33’, 78’

Ricky Wellard, 63’

Sam Lacey, 69’



Farnborough 0 – 2 Havant and Waterlooville

Scott Donnelly, 53’

Alan Connell, 72’


Player of Pre-Season

Shamir Mullings is the receiver of the ‘Player of Pre-Season’ award, with the 22 year olds performances really catching the eye. Nobody would have expected too much from the right midfielder, who was something of a fringe player last season, but he tore apart opposition defenders he came up against due to his pace and directness. Mullings hit two goals, including a late, late winner against Portsmouth, in a run of games which will definitely put him into consideration for the upcoming competitive games.


Goal of Pre-Season



Adebayo Akinfenwa was the player who scored the ‘Goal of Pre-Season’ and duly collected the award for his great strike. Good passing play from The Hawks saw the ball pinged from right to left and eventually slipped through to Akinfenwa, who smashed the ball into the top left corner of the goal, with a first time finish.


Overview

A great start to a potentially promising season. That’s the way to sum up our friendly games this year, with some excellent wins coming against Borussia Dortmund Reserves and Portsmouth, highlights. The new signings are all very good players, and improve our squad massively, but it was still really encouraging to see them hit the ground running already. One downer would be the loss to Swindon, however overall we played some good football and should be able to comfortably handle most Conference Premier sides, if we can keep this form up.



Last Update: Gone Without Notice
Next Update: Vanarama Conference Premier Season Preview: 2015/16
Looking forward to your second season!
Good luck in your second season!
Good luck! Very solid first season. I thought you beat Dortmund for a minute there too lol.
jose-fonte, Justice, Toon: Thanks guys, appreciate the support!
It's weird to see you play against Portsmouth :D
TaroMisaki: Ikr, haha, hopefully we will meet them in the league soon!
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7 yearsEdited

Vanarama Conference Premier Season Preview: 2015/16




Only a week remains before the opening game of the 2015/16 season in the Vanarama Conference Premier, the 5th tier of English football. Non-league level may not be the prettiest, but this division is one of the most hotly competed leagues around, with many teams fiercely battling it out for a promotion position and into the Football League. It’s time to take a look at some of the promotion favourites, and potentially shock candidates for a top spot this campaign.

Luton Town


Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Manager: Gary Lowe
Key Players: Paul Connolly, Denzel Slager, Nathan Doyle
Last Season: 24th in League Two (Relegated)
This Season’s Prediction: 1st

It was a season which promised so much, but so very little was delivered, in the 2014/15 campaign, for Luton Town supporters. A return to the Football League after an absence since 2009 brought about much excitement at Kenilworth Road and under John Still, there was hope that more success was forthcoming, following the Conference Premier title triumph. But this wasn’t to be as The Hatters endured a miserable year and finished rock bottom of League Two.

They will be confident of an immediate return though, due to a squad which is undoubtedly the strongest in the league. There’s a new man in the hot seat too, Gary Lowe, someone with an uncanny drive and desire to achieve his ambitions. The squad still has experienced players from their title winning campaign remaining, who will be vital and there’s the right balance of youth mixed in too, which could well make for the perfect formula for success.


Dagenham & Redbridge


Stadium: Victoria Road
Manager: Gary Kelly
Key Players: Abu Ogogo, Rhys Murphy, Zavon Hines
Last Season: 23rd in League Two (Relegated)
This Season’s Prediction: 2nd

Dagenham & Redbridge looked on the up, a team which was progressing well with Wayne Burnett at the helm, and a side with definite ambitions of one day reaching the Championship. A 9th place finish against all odds in the 2013/14 season was impressive, and improvement was expected the next year with some good additions to the squad having been made. Until everything seemed to fall apart. A horrendous run of form saw Burnett lose his job but even his replacement couldn’t stop the rot as The Daggers found themselves consigned to the drop.

The Conference has a familiar feeling to it for Dagenham, and it was only until the 2007/08 season when they played their first professional game. Now their back, but will be looking for a much quicker escape this time around, and that is definitely achievable with a lot of League Two caliber players sticking around Victoria Road despite relegation. Gary Kelly will need to put the disappointment of last season behind him, as will these players, but the players have ability in abundance although will need to show mental strength they haven’t shown in the past, to actually earn promotion as they are all hoping for.


Barnet


Stadium: The Hive
Manager: Martin Allen
Key Players: David Stephens, Matt Stevens, Adam Morgan
Last Season:
This Season’s Prediction: 7th

It’s been an unfortunate couple of years for Barnet. The last two seasons have seen 8th and 7th finishes, not quite enough for play-off positions. Last year’s achievement of 7th place could well have been so much more too but some inconsistent patches of form was what cost The Bees, and even one of the most talented teams in the league couldn’t complete what in the end, was the impossible.

There’s an expectant fan base at The Hive, but the full backing is still there for popular figure Martin Allen, and there’s confidence that this year will see him mount a promotion charge back into League Two. They may be lacking in experience compared to competitors however their ability should shine through and help them pick up points while also entertaining the Barnet faithful in the process. Alan Hanson said you can’t win anything with kids, he’s been proved wrong once already and this team are capable of doing exactly the same.


Bristol Rovers


Stadium: The Memorial Stadium
Manager: Kevin Dillon
Key Players: Tom Lockyer, Angelo Balanta, Tom Parkes
Last Season: 13th
This Season’s Prediction: 4th

Favourites for promotion this time, last year, it’s fair to see Bristol Rovers failed to live up to any sorts of expectations. Coming down from League Two, many people saw their team as one which was just too good for this league, but that proved otherwise. Darrell Clarke lost his job with a horrific record of just 2 wins, but Kevin Dillon turned things on its head quite massively and just managed to achieve a final league standing of 13th.

Dillon has certainly been taken to by Rovers fans and with the opportunity to assemble his own squad during the summer, and set about doing things his way, a much better year could be in store for The Gas. A number of players have come in, and gone out yet it’s fair to see the team is looking in even better shape this time around and much more prepared for the tests of the Vanarama Conference Premier, a league they now know isn’t as easy as imagined.


Havant and Waterlooville


Stadium: West Leigh Park
Manager: Lee Bradbury
Key Players: Bradley Bubb, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Scott Donnelly
Last Season: 1st in the Vanarama Conference South (Promoted via league winners)
This Season’s Prediction: 5th

It has been described as the best ever season in the history of The Hawks. Last season was truly unforgettable for Havant and Waterlooville, as they stormed to the Vanarama Conference South league title with 99 points and an incredible 132 goals scored. The football played by the team was fantastic, free-flowing and unstoppable at times, as found out by many of their opponents as the year wore on.

Now the chance to play at the highest level the club ever has, is finally here. Promising manager Lee Bradbury is still in charge as manager, which is a big positive but elsewhere there have been big chances at West Leigh Park over the summer. Of course players went and have come, some very good signings at that, but there’s also been a change of chairman and coaching staff with the devastating news of Michael Owen’s death obviously having a big effect. Considering they are newly promoted, you could be fooled into thinking they are closer to relegation candidates but as was mentioned, excellent business has been concluded in the transfer window which adds to a very strong squad they can already boast. Another promotion may be out of reach this year, however it is certainly something which Havant could well pull off in the near future.


That’s it for the predictions, but how do you think the season will pan out in the Vanarama Conference Premier? Leave your thoughts in the comments, below.



Last Update: Season Two: Pre-Season Review
Next Update: Stuck In The Shadows
It's great to see you're immediately seen as a promotion candidate, means you're doing well!
Good luck this season, I'm predicting a second place :D
Akinfenwa to fire Havant to the title! ;)
Zed: Thanks for the support! :D

Neal: Now that would be nice ;)

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