November in Brief
November was a short month with only three league games to contend with. Our trip away up north brought us back 4 well-earned points. A home game against the league leaders ended evenly and a full strength Tigers side was a force to be reckoned with against League South Bromley
We currently sit a point away from top spot in third
We’ve played ok this month. The goals dried up for us a little bit this month, but with Reilly back to full fitness hopefully can boost our fire power. I’m happy that we are staying in touch with the big boys and are plugging away quietly under the radar.
My Player of the month would have to be Full back Lewis Thomas. Although not picked against Blyth his defensive contribution has been solid. That’s his second Managers player this season, he’s really starting to make that LB position his own, especially with Stewart Devine waiting in the wings.
With another successful month behind us Nigel and I sat down in the bar at Whaddon Road for our Scheduled Manager meeting. Nigel revealed straight away the bad news. We were now £86,000 in debt and losing money at a rate of £15,000 a month. At this rate we would be over £100,000 in debt by the last kick of the season.
He explained that attendences were rising slowly, so that could help the defecit if it continued. If we could mount a charge in the FA trophy, that could also help things.
I asked him to give me the bottom line. It was clear by his face that something drastic had to happen.
His plan was:
To set up some two mid season friendlies
– which would raise a few thousand
Sell some fringe players
– I explained my attempt last month to jettison some of the squad. He understood and said he would have a go himself.
Win the Blue Square South and at least a quarterfinal run in the FA Trophy.
I liked this solution best of all. Nigel was full of praise for the last 4 months, the new players I brought in, although expensive, were causing him some real excitement.
I didn’t have the heart to tell him about Fitzharris, I’ll leave that joy for if and when it happens.