After another great start to a league season, we found ourselves sitting top of the table once again, with only one loss in ten matches. Although we had some breathing room after this first half of the season, we still had to continue to perform in order to gain promotion by winning the league like the board expects of us…
Again the losses are creeping into our season more so in the second half. Although at least our home record remains unblemished and we are still undefeated at Adastra Park.
Also the friendlies that I organize to keep the players match fit during extended gaps between competitive matches haven’t gone especially well in terms of results and morale this season. But the most important thing was maintaining the fitness and it also turned out that the morale wasn’t affected badly enough to affect our competitive results.
A few matches in focus:
vs. Plumpton Athletic II: A very even game in terms of possession, chances and shots, although if pressed to give a better side, I would have to say us.All the goals in this match game within the space of 10 minutes. Injuries forced me into starting youngster Jack Foster who promptly scored on his debut. But devastatingly the match was turned around by two goals in 4 minutes by the opposition, both fairly poorly defended and for both the keeper should’ve done better. And that was that, the scoring was complete by the 16th minute and there wasn’t even any key highlights after that point so a very strange game.
vs. Barcombe II: This one was a rare match this season in that we had a full first team without injuries or suspensions. All goals again came in a period of time much shorter than the whole match as all goals came in the first half. Dan Perry opened the scoring with a clever run to the near post and neat finish from a low cross. He then turned provider firing a quick ball across the 6 yard box which was easily tapped in by Robbie Marshall. Dan Perry adds another and Jayden Antwi-Nyame is not to be left out of the scoring party and that took us up to the 4-0 win.
So with that, we did indeed gain promotion by winning the Mid Sussex Football League Division 7 and so will start next season in Division 6. But that’s after the small matters of this seasons cups and the turbulence of the off season, which will be coming in the next coming posts…