September came thick and fast and I had to work hard to make sure the team fought hard and well to get points on the board after a dismal August.
In this game we started out well, but still conceded the first goal. It went on to the second half before the guys could really settle in and hit the opposition on the break. We finally equalised on the 68th minute. We fought harder and finally got our elusive and deserved win in the 86th minute through Gavin Rothery.
This game was really difficult to watch as we both played well and the football was fast. Colwyn controlled the game for most of the match but we finally made the breakthrough with James Walshaw stepping up to the mark to help us claim our 2nd victory.
Another hard fought match, we went behind very quickly but struck back just as fast. Both teams played good football but Chester had just too much for the team. Chester looked much stronger and I began to realise that my defenders and GK's weren’t up to their tasks.
This game I asked the players to win no matter what. We needed points to keep the pressure on FC Halifax. They were taking the league by storm. The guys went out there with vigour and venom and knocked 5 goals past a lacklustre Bishops Stortford. James Walshaw is looking easily like my best player.
This was always going to be a nervy game playing against a local team, and sure enough they hit first with their top goal scorer Chilaka hitting a super goal from 20 yards. We didn’t sit on that though and equalised just before half time with that man Walshaw again. It didn’t take long after the restart were Josh Wilson stepped up to score his first goal for the club. The club claimed another great victory. Things were looking great for us, finally.
I made the choice that my team needed extra firepower to assist Walshaw in attack so I signed Harrogate’s leading goal scorer Chilaka.
Ahh the FA Cup. A great source of income for smaller clubs. But this first test was no easy one with my opposition being my fierce rivals, FC Halifax. We took the opening by storm and Walshaw once again added to his club goal tally. But that pain in the backside, Seddon stepped up and ruined my day in just 2 minutes. He was relentless and admittedly, unlucky not to get a hat-trick. Things looked bad for us, but new boy Chilaka showed his prowess and scored what was the equaliser in the dying minutes which resulted in a replay.
Replay time. FC Halifax at home, fans buzzing, and players raring and ready to go and give it all. It only took 10 minutes for it all to be dashed. I could see it turning sour, and with Seddon looking to spoil my party, I was shaking in my shoes. But my Hero Walshaw quickly settled mine, and the teams nerves with yet another goal. 1-1 at half time. I pushed the players on and it proved to be the right choice with Chilaka turning on the style and scoring almost immediately after kick off. We looked comfortable and in control, and in the 73rd minute Simon Ainge powered a header home from a cracking corner. 3-1, and safely through to the next round were we are to face North Ferriby.
I was able to put a second team out here knowing that Oxford were inferior to my side. How wrong could one man be? Oxford really took me to the test. They tried and tried to score but thankfully they didn’t have decent finishers. But, neither did I. We wasted too many chances. In the 70th minute I made to choice to introduce James Walshaw to ruin Oxfords day and he did not disappoint me. He scored twice within 4 minutes to give us another win, and propel us a step closer to 1st place.
September was a great month for the club only losing one game and claiming valuable wins in the league but also a momentous win against FC Halifax to help us continue in the FA Cup. Fans looked happier and the board were content. I had issues still with some players at the club and was convinced that my GK’s were useless at handling shots, and their positioning was awful. I ordered my club scout to scout all those players in the Blue Square North and South who were unattached to contracts at their clubs to see who I could bring in to enhance the side and increase the clubs chances of winning the league.