So, it's the 1st of January. We have a game today, against Chorley FC
We're at the halfway point of the season, so it's time to start looking at the squad and the club as a whole. What are our weakest links. Who are our top players. How are we doing morale wise. Who do we want to let go, and most importantly, where and if i want to strenghten the squad
So... this is our current squad. This is my personal view, i do quite like this just to get an overall status of the players. As you can see, I've given a chance to almost all of our players, the only one yet to play a game being David Carnell
, our backup goalie. The second player with the fewest games is Tyrell Palmer
, having just one appearance on off the bench. He's not the worst kind of player, but I just don't see him develop to become first team material in the future. Despite that, I won't let him go since he doesn't have a contract with us. Granted, I won't offer him one either.
and Mike Jones
are both some prospects for the future so I've given them some appearances from the bench, while Matt Dempsey
has requested to leave due to lack of first team football, which I'm happy to allow.
is another nice young prospect who I'll maybe look to loan out, since he is just not ready for the first team, as seen by his poor 6.7 average rating. Crawford
is a nice player, who I'm sure is gonna develop well in the future, but since the arrival of Jack Everest
his opportunities have been limited. Sam Baird
, the "Bird"
is another interesting player. Very young, big potential, and exhibitions that match that. A 7.25 rating from 3 starts and 3 appearances from the bench is quite good. Also, scored 2 goals for us in that time. Surely a player for the future.
In terms of our biggest perfomers, Jack Banister
is up there with an amazing 7.40 average rating in 20 matches, counting 10 goals and 13 assists to his name.
is also one of our most important players, when he is not being sent off. His 7.24 rating is the second best in the team, and he already has 2 goals and 2 assists from 17 games as a Full-Back. Granted, 2 or 3 of those games he was sent off ahah
Our biggest goalscoring machine is of course, none other, than Kurt Willoughby
. A player I've come to adore in this save. But despite his early season wonders, he seems to have fallen off the pace, perhaps due to the lack of competition for the role of main striker? Nevertheless, he bagged in 18 goals and 2 assists in 27 matches, with an average rating of 7.03.
Having taken a look at our young squad I've made some decisions.
and STEVEN AFFLECK
are to be loaned out
is to be let go
And, we must bring in another backup striker
and a backup Right Full-Back
Having said that, I'll only be covering some games today, as I'll need some time to think and ponder on our strategy in the market. We have the games against Chorley
, which we surely can't lose, and the one against Chester
at home. So, let's see what kind of results can the lads get us
The first game is away, against Chorley FC
. The boys bagged in a good result. with Baird
getting named man of the match!
In between both games we did renew some of our most important player's contracts
We move on to our second game, at home against Chester FC. We have a tired out squad, most first team players being around 80% condition and Willoughby
is out injured. We try our best and dominate the game, only allowing 1 shot to be made while getting 9 shots on target. Despite that their goalie was top notch and we could not find the back of the net. Perhaps another sign that I must bring him a new striker? Anyways, a 0-0
finish on the night sees us tied at the top with Kidderminster Harriers
In terms of competitions we've deen faring pretty well. We were supposed to be battling relegation but we instead sit at the top of the table. We've met the board's expectation of reaching the 4th Qualifying Round
of the FA Cup
. And we are in the Second Round
of the FA Trophy
. All in all, a good start to the save and the best first half of the season I could expect!
This is all from me for now. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you in a bit!