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  1. Sunday League to Champions League

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  2. First look at the squad and their is some potential with this team to push for play offs although we're currently sitting 16th. The defence is significantly strong, with young promising midfielders although a lack of real fire power up top so introducing my first signing as a football manager...
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    I brought in Will Hoskins on a free, a striker that I thought would work off of target man Dieseruvwe and grab some goals for the club especially at this level, when literally two days later...
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    What an introduction to managerial life, away to table toppers Halifax and somehow the bookies had us at 10-1 to win probably due to the clubs recent dismal form. However, we upset the odds with a 0-0 draw despite probably edging the game. I know what you're all thinking, after slagging off Micks style of play and countless 0-0 draws, I was bound to draw 0-0 in my first game. However 28 seconds into his first game and Hoskins bags himself his first goal, hopefully the first of many, in a 2-1 home win against Gainsborough. The next game, was the final FA Trophy 4th qualifying round against Grantham where we made 7 changes and convincingly won 3-0 where we'll play Nantwich in the next round.
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  3. December Fixtures
    Attachment 1090731Bradford PA - Massively convincing win, dominated from the first minute to the last minute. Also, striker, George Taylor, 19 year old academy graduate, bagged a brace.
    Northwich - Changes aplenty and it showed, an even contest which was eventually won by The Harries due to a Gnahoua goal.
    Darlington - Another two goals for Will Hoskins and 2 in 2 for Gnahoua secures another 3 points for Kiddy.
    Worcester - Game to forget for every one associated with Kidderminster. I take part of the blame as I changed formation and tactics at 1-0 down during half time. I went attacking and went with wingers which left us open and easy to counter, however 5-0 is a pathetic embarrassing scoreline, which the players know...
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    I personally want to join and reunite with the players and personally pay every fan after that dismal defeat, hopefully the last defeat for a while as I don't like this losing malarkey, maybe Alan Pardew is a better manager than me after all?

  4. January Fixtures
    Attachment 1090740 Worcester- We face Worcester the game after we got trounced 5-0 by them and the draw was a fair result, one point out of a potential 6 against Worcester isn't good enough for a team of our calibre and reputation.
    Salford - Back to winning ways and what a way to do it, 4-1 away thumping of Salford, could've been more as well!
    Stalybridge - A clean sheet and a convincing 2-0 was exactly what was needed.
    Hungerford - Score line suggests it was closer than it really was, we battered them and should've won by a more convincing score line.
    AFC Telford - Another game we deserved to win, countless missed opportunities but a brace by Arthur Gnahoua makes it 7 goals in 5 games for him!
    Nuneaton - A game we deserved to lose, second best throughout but a 30 yard screamer by James McQuilkin saves us.
    Brackley - Another game we were fortunate enough to get a point from but a game we should be winning.

    All in all, an unbeaten month and still in the FA trophy which is a chance to gain more money for the club so I'm certainly not complaining, especially as we are now closer to the play offs than we are to the relegation zone. 4 points away from play offs however all teams around us have a game in hand.
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  5. We started the month with a signing. Ben Hedley arrived on loan for the rest of the season from Morecambe. He will be used as a ball winning midfielder to give extra support to the defence and will slot in the middle of our midfield three.

    February Fixtures
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    Since we got embarrassed in late December against Worchester, I couldn't have asked for a better run of form!

    Boston - A super first half saw us 3-1 up at the break however a sloppy uninspiring second half nearly cost us a place in the Quarter finals.
    Curzon - Again a strong first half was nearly undone by a lacklustre second.
    Chorley- Back to our best with a comfortable 3-1 win away at Chorley.
    Stockport - The most one sided draw you'll ever see. 24 shots compared to their 4, however our goal was very fourtunate as Hinchcliffe decided to punch the ball in his own net.
    AFC Flyde - A end to end thriller was won by Kiddy including three second half goals for once to complete a superb comeback to book our place in the semi finals against Tranmere Rovers!
    After that victory against AFC Fylde, we received a message..
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    A look at the table and we are now only one point off Harrogate in the play offs. With this current form, Tamworth who are leading the table are within our sights as they're only 9 points ahead of us.

  6. We started the month with some disappointing news, Will Hoskins was ruled out for 3-4 weeks meaning he'd miss the FA Trophy semi final double header.

    Following the disappointing news about Hoskins, I decided to bring in Max Hazeldine on a free. The ex Accrington Stanley striker had been without a club since the summer but I feel he could easily do a job as a poacher in this Kidderminster side.

    Two more arrivals due to our recent youth intake coming through...
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    Mike Hall goes straight on the bench and will challenge Hornsby for the number one jersey. 2 current stars, potentially rising to 5 suggests he was a no brainer.
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    Robbie McDonnell, stats are impressive for a 16 year old at conference north level. Will be around the first team but finds his first team chances currently limited due to Gnahoua, Hoskins, Hazeldine and Taylor. Will look to send him on loan asap.
    March Fixtures

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    FC United - a comfortable 2-0 win to start the month off.
    Tranmere - The first leg of the FA Trophy away from home. We lost 1-0 however we definitely deserved to get more from the game.
    Alfreton - Great reaction from the players as we stuff Alfreton 3-1 including a goal for Max Hazeldine, 9 minutes into his home debut.
    Tranmere - Again a game we deserved to win and should have inside the 90 minutes until an Andy Cook screamer forces extra time with 8 minutes to go. However we brushed aside the set back and managed to book ourselves a place at Wembley in superb fashion.
    Tamworth - 3 days after we played 120 minutes against a strong Tranmere team we play table toppers Tranmere, a fixture clash, I'm furious was allowed to even happen! Fitness tooks its toll as we fell to a 2-1 defeat despite deserving more from the game.
    Harrogate - After our first league defeat in two months, we came back in flying fashion demolishing Harrogate 6-1. The biggest surprise of the afternoon was the fact Gnahoua failed to find the net. Williams and Truslove decided to have a goal of the season contender in this hammering aswell.
    AFC Fylde - We fell to another defeat against a strong AFC Fylde side away from home. A game that we deserved to lose and was made even harder due to a second booking for Jared Hodgkiss.
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    So we sit in the final place of the play offs, separated only by one point. Top spot may seem a little too optimistic now as we are now 12 points off. If only we managed to beat Tamworth, which would've been more achievable if the fixtures favoured us!
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  7. April Fixtures
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    Halifax - A well deserved 3-2 loss is our first back to back defeats I've suffered as a manager and was particularly disappointing as we were 2-0 up.
    Gloucester - A 3-2 win flatters them a little bit, scoreline suggested it was closer than it was although a brace from centre half Tyrone Williams secured the win
    Boston - BIG game at the time, one point separating the two sides in the play offs and we fourtunately won 2-0.
    Altrincham - Another 3-2 scoreline, none of these 0-0 shit like you do with Mick. I feel my team take the lead and then become complacent at times allowing teams to get back into the game when we should be putting it to bed.
    Bradford PA - We were 4th coming into this game, 3 points ahead of Boston in 6th just outside the play offs with two goals better goal difference so a draw was enough to see us reach the play offs. We got the job done via a 3-0 win although Bradford PA can feel hard done by as they deserved to get a point out of the game and the scoreline certainly flattered us.
    After the Bradford PA game, the board wanted to extend my contract by a year, however I managed to persuade them to uplevel the youth system before signing my contract extension. We are now on a wage of £650!!

    As you can see we now face a double header against Halifax, a team I have failed to beat on two occasions as Kidderminster manager however, there is a first for everything. Also in the month of May, we travel to Wembley for the final of the FA trophy against Lincoln, I just hope that isn't the last time we go to Wembley this season and hopefully win!

    The final table looked like this...
    Nuneaton managed to claw themselves out of the relegation places after being in them for the majority of the season and a good season for Darlington as they returned to this level of football since their reformation.
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  8. Play offs and FA Trophy Final!!

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    First leg at home and as you can see we truly dominated the whole game from the first minute to the last. Should have been a lot more convincing and only a Elton Ngwatala, a player who has rarely featured only coming off the bench for 20 minute cameos just like today, goal separated the two sides. Hopefully a similar result and performance in the return leg!!

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    Another outstanding dominant display, well and truly robbed! They dominated the first ten minutes and took the lead through a Jordon Burrow header from a corner and then it was all us. 4 clear cut chances and we failed to take our chances as Gnahoua, Hazeldine and Hoskins all had an off day in front of goal. Such a horrible way to lose on penalties especially as we deserved to win the tie over the two legs and the boys have been fantastic since I took over in December.
    I forced the boys to watch the Halifax staff, players and fans celebrate and told them to remember the feeling they currently feel as none of us will ever feel like this again as this will only spur us on more and make us strive and more determined to succeed next year.

    We cant feel too sorry for ourselves though as we have a final and a trip to Wembley to prepare for...
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    What an anti climax to the season, play off heartache and now a final defeat. Lincoln definitely deserved the win, better than us in every aspect and Theo Robinson had Tyrone Williams for toast the whole game. Anyway we can take pride in the fact we reached the final, beating Tranmere over two legs and then taking Lincoln into extra time.

    Halifax beat AFC Fylde in the final of the play offs. Craig Westcarr won player of the year and Dominic Roma won manager of the year after finishing 13th with Gainsborough Trinity despite me voting ex Wrexham boss Andy Morrell after he guided Tamworth to promotion as champions, I feel a little hard done by for not even being on the shortlist, maybe I am having myself just as much as the silver fox that is Alan Pardew.

    As a club, player of the year went to Jared Hodgkiss, which surprised me as I thought runner up Arthur Gnahoua was a certainty, however he swooped goal of the season and young player of the year. Signing of the season was awarded to Max Hazeldine. I look forward to seeing you all next season for hopefully a step closer to the football league with promotion to the National League.
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  9. Unlucky at the end mate, I'm sure you'll go up with 17/18

  10. Pre-season
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    A lot of out goings in the summer transfer window. Emmanuel Diesurevwe left for Chester for £10,000, he never featured under me after being out for 7 months injured and he was one of the highest paid players on £825. Another departure was Zaine Francois-Angol, another player who rarely featured, I wanted a defensive full back and he didn't fit the criteria, another high paid player off the wage bill as he was on £1,000 a week. I tried to renew Will Hoskins contract but he wanted £1,000+ a week and I thought we could find a better replacement for cheaper. Elton Ngwatala was another departure although I did try and renew his contract but he was adamant he wanted to leave. Another high paid player who didn't feature for me that left was Stambolziev, who was pocketing £600 a week.

    Now for the players that we've brought in...

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    Goalkeeper was a priority as Hornby returned to Burton after his loan expired so in came James Talbot, the ex Sunderland goalkeeper looks a great acquisition with no real weak areas to his game.

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    Callum Grogan came in on a free, he is back up to centre halves Lowe and Williams, some impressive defensive stats for a 20 year old playing his trade in the Conference North especially for a 19 year old.

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    Charlie Dunkerley came in just to give Hazeldine and Gnahoua some healthy competition, he will be in and around the first team and for an 18 year old, he has some promising stats with bags of potential.

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    Peter Kioso, again he wont be expected to start but will give healthy competition to Jared Hodgkiss at right back as last season he was our only natural right back. At 17 years old, I expect a big feature for this lad.

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    Will Hatfield, I was trying most of the summer to bring in Hatfield, the ex Leeds academy graduate will start in the attacking midfield position and will hopefully get a hand full of assists and goals this coming season.

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    Bradley Clayton, released by Brentford in July, we acquired Clayton to give healthy striking options. Again Clayton doesn't seem to have a real weakness to his game and will improve with age.

    Fixtures round up

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    2 wins and 3 losses. Tough preseason fixtures playing 4 teams in leagues above us including a strong West Brom side. Made sure we played a weaker team before kickstarting the season to ensure we finished on a positive, confident, winning start.

    The bookies have us favourites to go up this season at 5-1 and I agree, anything other than promotion this season is definitely deemed a failure.

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    This is how we will line up. A flat back four that focus predominantly on defending rather than anything else. Two central midfields in Truslove and Croasdale looking to support both attack and defence with Hedley sitting in the middle as a ball winning midfielder breaking up opposition attacks. Hatfield ahead of them looking to find the holes and link midfield and attack. Gnahoua and Hazeldine up front as defensive forwards and poachers. We will play standard and flexible and look to exploit the middle due to the numbers we have in the centre of the park and due to the lack of wingers of overlapping full backs.
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  11. August Fixtures
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    Gainsborough - 3-1 win to kick off the season. Arther Gnahoua starts the season the way he finished it with a hat trick.
    Stockport - We fall to a one nil defeat to Stockport despite having more clear cut chances than they did shots.
    Alfreton - A carbon copy of the Stockport defeat, failing to take chances costing us once again.
    Boston - Typical, after struggling for goals, we hit 6 past Boston including 5 from Max Hazeldine which is a new conference north record.
    Altrincham - We go a goal down early on but then controlled the remainder of the game, finally breaking a solid Altrincham side down with a 88th minute thunderbolt by Ryan Croasdale.
    Redditch - We play the newly promoted side away from home to finish the first month of the season and take the lead early through a Gnahoua strike however we concede to their only shot on target and end up drawing the game.

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    A lot of football to still be played so cant read too much into the table, however 5 points off top isn't what I was hoping for by the end of our first month especially as we beat them already this season.
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  12. September Fixtures
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    Harrogate - After going down 1-0, the lads showed great character getting back into the game and winning 2-1.
    Darlington - A 5-0 thumping including another hat trick for Gnahoua, also Charlie Dunkerley came off the bench and grabbed himself a goal on his debut.
    Braintree - We faced third bottom Braintree and crumbled with a 3-2 defeat however they played some lovely football and deserved the 3 points. Bradley Clayton coming off the bench to grab his first goal for the club.
    Arsley - A lot of changes but a very convincing win, Dunkerley grabbing himself the match ball and a clean sheet for youth player Mike Hall in goal are promising signs.
    Worcester - After our 5-0 defeat to them last season the boys took great revenge with a 4-0 drubbing of them.
    Gloucester - LIVID, we went into the game thinking we'd had already won it, no tempo or fight and they deservedly turned us over. Will Hatfield grabbed his first goal for the club to hopefully kick start his season.
    Matlock - Another disappointing result drawing to Matlock, a weakened side should still be beating teams like Matlock although a sending off for Peter Kioso didn't help matters.

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    So we still sit 5 points off top, I'm just looking for a bit more consistency and we should be there. At the minute we seem to thump a team 3,4,5-0 and then fall to a defeat against a team we should be winning against so at little more consistency and we should be doing bits.
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  13. October
    We started the month with a new signing in Johan ter Horst, he arrived on a free following his release from Hull City. He will start up front as a poacher as I feel we need a more consistent goalscorer and so he proves as you will see with this months results.
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    Attachment 1091164Matlock - in the FA cup replay, we hammer Matlock 4-0 with another clean sheet for Hall and a first career goal for 16 year old youth player Robbie McDonnell.
    Solihull Moors - W really didn't show up as the scoreline suggests as we fall to a 2-0 defeat.
    Bradford PA- A game we really should have won, which is when I decided to bring in ter Horst.
    Solihull Moors- We play them a week after our league defeat and this time we decided to show up and ter Horst grabbed a goal on his debut.
    AFC Fylde - A game we should have won by more, another goal for Johan ter Horst and one for fellow striker Max Hazeldine.
    FC United - A game that we truthfully didn't deserve to win, we struggled to get going but managed to win the game 3-1 thanks to goals from our new deadly front two.
    Chorley - 1-0 down at half time, I decided to bring on the pace and power of Arthur Gnahoua to good affect as he grabbed the winner after ter Horst keeps up his goal a game record.
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    So we are now 7 points off top due to our poor record at the start of the month but I feel like things are starting to click and the club are on the up, we have also managed to qualify for the first round of the FA Cup where we'll play Chelmsford away.

  14. Chelmsford - Ran out 2-1 winners in the first round of the FA cup, setting up a second round tie against MK Dons.
    Nantwich - Again 2-1 winners sees us beat struggling Nantwich, deadly duo getting another goal each.
    AFC Telford - 1-1, a late AFC Telford goal sees us drop two valuable points.
    Burscough - Last qualifying round of the FA trophy sees our reserves and youth team players progress through thanks to goals from Bradley Clayton and Sean Williams. We play Gateshead at home next round.
    Salford - Ben Hedley got ruled out for 6-7 weeks 2 days before this crunch game, so Sean Williams came in as he impressed in the last game and we went into half time with a 3-0 lead. Gnahoua came off the bench to bag another goal.
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    Progress! We are currently only a point off top however they have a game in hand on us so could increase it to 4. I'm hoping for a similar run of form like we had last year to propel us to top of the league in the coming months and hopefully two cup runs to match.

  15. December
    First game of December was our second round FA Cup tie against League One side MK Dons...
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    We played a strong MK Dons side off the park as the stats suggest, 65% possession against a team three divisons above us is some feat. Our deadly duo strike again, the next round draw awaits, maybe a trip to Old Trafford, Anfield, St James's Park..
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    Well we're going to St James Park but unfourtunately for us its Exeter and not Newcastle. However to be in the third round of the FA Cup is some achievement and Exeter are definitely beatable so maybe a 4th round tie isn't out of reach. I feel that getting to the third round may also raise my profile and get football league chairman having a look at me as their potential manager.
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    Gateshead - We go a goal down and I fear the worst but no need to when Johan ter Horst is in the mood he was today with a sublime hat trick against Gateshead in the league above us. We drew Barrow in the next round of the cup.
    Nuneaton - Due to the amount of yellow cards collected we had numerous suspensions to key players, one of the replacements McQuilikin scored a free kick but we struggled to undo Nuneatons stern defence.
    Rushall - A brace from Sean Williams helps see off bottom of the table Rushall as we dominate from first to last minute.
    Gainsborough - We deservedly lose our unbeaten run losing to Gainsborough at home which is absolutely unacceptable.
    Stockport - Massively dominated throughout the whole game eventually being won by ter Horst.
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    We have reduced the gap to 3 points and have a 3rd round FA cup game to look forward to so overall I good month for all involved with Kiddy.
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  16. January
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    Our FA cup third game round ended in a fair 1-1 draw. We dominated the possession however Exeter were dangerous on the counter, both teams created chances and in the end a draw and a replay was a fair result.

    We sit together as a squad awaiting our number to be drawn to find out who we could be facing in the next round..

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    LECIESTER CITY, the premier league champions of 2016 at home! What an incentive to win our replay against Exeter!

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    Another even contest with either team capable of winning at ever attack, the game ends as a draw and it goes to penalties, we all know what happened the last time a game went to penalties with me at the helm, this time with the same result as we fall to a heart wrenching defeat as we had the game in the palm of our hands.

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    Boston - We kickstart January with a 2-1 win, Hazeldine with a brace. ter Horst got injured for 3 weeks in this game and missed the Exeter double header.
    Alfreton - Our first clean sheet in a while, Hazeldine getting 4 goals in 3 games so far this month.
    Barrow - We beat our division higher opponents Barrow 4-2 away convinvingly, Dunkereley coming off the bench to grab a brace.
    Redditch - Typical Kidderminster, we fall short against a team we should be turning over.
    Harrogate - A hat trick for the returning ter Horst seals a comeback as we win 3-1.

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    Top of the league with a game in hand! It's ours to lose now! No distraction as our FA cup run comes to an end however we remain in the FA trophy where we face Tranmere Rovers in the quarter finals.
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  17. February
    We started the month losing Croasdale, Hedley and Truslove to injuries varying from 2 weeks to 3 months and that was the start of a horror month!
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    Halifax - We took revenge from last season in a 4-0 hammering, the best I've ever seen us play, completely dominant.
    Darlington - score line covers this game, dull and boring.
    Altrincham - Big game at the top of the league and we bottle it despite a goal from youth team player Ben Clarke filling in for the injured Croasdale.
    Braintree- Another poor performance and result to match.
    Worcester - BLOODY WORCESTER AGAIN! Battered for 90 mins, pathetic result and performance.
    Tranmere - Lucky to come away with a draw as we squandered a 2 goal lead however won the replay despite being 2-0 up and throwing it away again at one point.
    Gloucester - Another defeat and another dismal display caps off a horrific month of results.

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    Title was ours to lose and we've done exactly that having to play catch up again, 6 points off but with a game in hand, it is still achievable but we really have threw away what was a great position we were in a month ago.
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  18. March Results
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    Bradford PA - a comfortable 3-1 comes at an expense as ter Horst is injured with 3-4 weeks.
    Forest Green - first tie of the FA trophy semi and we claw back a 2 goal deficit in the last 5 mins of the game with a Gnahoua brace.
    Solihull Moors - We fall to another league defeat as we throw away a 1-0 lead.
    Forest Green - WE ARE GOING TO WEMBLEY AGAIN! An Ashley Carter 90th minute penalty seals a back to back FA Trophy final.
    AFC Fylde - 3-0 up with 10 mins to go but we do what we usually do and make things hard for ourselves.
    FC United - We go a goal down but manage to turn it round, topped off with a Ben Hedley 30 yard free kick.
    Chorley - Typical Kidderminster style we go and lose 1-0 to Chorley sitting in the bloody relegation places.
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    What an end to the season this is gonna be, so close at the top of the table although we sit top and anything other than top spot is a failure from now on especially as our goal difference could count as an extra point. We play AFC Telford next, MUST WIN GAME, so you know what that means, we'll get spanked 5-0

  19. April
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    Chorley - We fall to a 1-0 defeat against 2nd bottom Chorley.
    AFC Telford - Title hopes over as AFC Telford win and now go 6 points clear.
    Nantwich - Another defeat this time against bottom of the league, at this point we slip to 6th and out of the play offs!
    Salford - Still 6th as we manage only a draw against Salford away, 6 points is a must in the next two games.
    Rushall - We play 3rd bottom and finally pick up a win to put us back in the play offs with Hazeldine returning to fitness and bagging a brace.
    Nuneaton - We seal a play off place as we draw 0-0 although a win would've seen us crowned champions.
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    If only we had picked up wins against Nantwich and Chorley we would be champions but play offs it is again this time we face AFC Fylde, I would be disappointed not to get promoted especially as the lads suffered play off heartache against Halifax last year.
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  20. May
    AFC Fylde away in the first leg of the Play Offs where we fell short this time last year...
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    Off to a flyer, we go into the second leg with a 4-1 win away from home! Deadly duo both grabbed goals and Will Hatfield scored a screamer to secure the win, to set us up nicely for the 2nd leg...
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    We went 2-0 down inside 1 minute and a half! At this point I remembered all the setbacks and times we slipped up throughout the season and thought this would be the case again until the deadly duo save us again!
    Not all good news though as Liam Truslove strained his calf and will take injections to get through the final against Solihull Moors but will miss the FA trophy final against Accrington Stanley.
    90 minutes away from promotion!...
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    FFS! We battered them for 80 mins of the game until James Talbot parried a cross into his own goal when it was going to go out for a goal kick. We then push everyone forward and going attacking leaving us open for the counter and they capitalised with 2 further goals. Absolutely gutted, threw away the title and now promotion aswell.
    Liam Truslove will take another load of injections for the FA Trophy game, surely we can get some bit of silverware this season...
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    At least we finally have some silverware under our belts! 2-1 win helped by the fact Accrington had 10 men for 65 mins. Would rather have got promoted but cant complain too much.
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    Max Hazeldine claims player of the season, scoring 23 goals claiming golden boot, ter Horst 21 goals and Gnahoua 17 goals, how we didn't get promoted I never know but surely next season is our year.

    I got an interview with Oldham in League 2 but they chose Woking boss Gary Hill instead.

  21. So close to promotion to have it taken away, although some silverware and a little run in the FA Cup will hopefully give the team the confidence to go one further next season.

  22. Pre Season
    I will kick it off with transfers...
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    Keith Lowe and Bradley Clayton contracts had expired however have agreed non contract terms and will rarely feature this year. Jared Hodgkiss left to join Exeter, he wanted over a grand so I thought I could get a younger cheaper replacement. James McQuilkin was just surplus to requirements so I didn't offer him a new contract and Daniel Sweeney was a promising winger however I don't play with wingers so decided to not offer him a new contract.
    Now meet the newbies...
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    Harvey Rodgers arrives following his release from Hull City. He will partner Grogan at centre half and will improve throughout the season with already impressive stats.
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    Rob Evans arrives in loan from Wrexham and will be part of the trio in central midfield, an all rounder with some impressive stats. Ben Hedley also joined for his third year with us!
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    Josh Cogley arrives from Bradford PA for £110, the ex Birmingham City academy graduate will play right back and again is a player that is an all rounder with no real weaknesses as a defensive fall back and will improve throughout his time with us.

    Pre season results went like this...
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    100% record including impressive wins against division above Dagenham Redbridge and Macclesfield as well as 8 goals for Johan ter Horst.

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    This is how I will start the season, same formation however with higher tempo and work the ball into the box due to my players last season holding onto the ball for too long and shooting from ridiculous range.

    I feel my team and squad should win this league quite easily however I said that last season anyway third time lucky! Fingers crossed!
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  23. August
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    FC United - ter Horst carries on his goalscoring form from pre season with a hat trick but comes as a consequence as he is injured for the next 2 weeks.
    Harrogate - Hatfield brace and Truslove, Clayton (replacing injured ter Horst) with the goals as we comeback to win 4-1.
    Chelmsford - We hit four for the 3rd game in a row, 2 penalties for Hazeldine and another for Hatfield.
    Stockport - 28 shots to their 4 shots, tells you how one sided this game was but we failed to convert those chances.
    Lowesoft - Back to winning ways thanks to another goal for Hatfield and Truslove.

    Undefeated and scoring aplenty is promising, however no clean sheets so far could be a little worrying. Hatfield won player of the month with a superb run of form coinciding with my decision to move him to a central midfielder with the license to get forward.
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    3rd, 2 points off top but I'm sure we will fight AFC Fylde for top spot throughout the whole season. Boston, Nuneaton and Braintree will also be up there, I'm also expecting Altricham, Worcester and most notably Guiseley to start climbing the table and fighting near the top of the table in the coming months.
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  24. So far so good man. Keep it up!

  25. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    So close to promotion to have it taken away, although some silverware and a little run in the FA Cup will hopefully give the team the confidence to go one further next season.
    Yeah fingers crossed, dont think I can hack another season in Conference North

  26. Quote Originally Posted by Equal View Post
    So far so good man. Keep it up!
    Thanks mate

  27. September
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    Guiseley - Kick off the month in emphatic style, smashing 6 goals past Guiseley, including 4 for Max Hazeldine.
    Bradford PA - 1-0 flattered them, dominant throughout however another goal for in form Hazeldine.
    Redditch - Dropped 2 points again despite being completely dominant however it took 92 minutes to break them down.
    Blyth - Back to winning ways with 2 defenders getting on the scoresheet either side of a ter Horst strike.
    AFC Fylde- First defeat in the season comes in the FA Cup 2nd qualifying round meaning no dream tie against the big boys however less matches to play this season, meaning we keep our attention on the league title.
    Alfreton - Back to winning ways again hitting 5 past Alfreton including another hat trick for Hazeldine.
    Tamworth - Score line suggests it was closer than it was, ter Horst joining Hazeldine with a hat trick in the month.

    Somehow Johan ter Horst pipped Hazeldine to player of the month however I claim manager of the month.
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    Top of the league by 4 points however Boston can reduce that gap if they win their game in hand. We maintain our unbeaten record in the league but crash out of the FA Cup, however I'd take that if it means we go up this season finally!
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  28. October
    We started the month with 4 injuries, Hatfield, ter Horst, Evans and Hedley, ranging from 2 weeks to 8 weeks so we brought in a new striker for the injured ter Horst...
    Attachment 1091863
    The ex Wolves man should be prolific in the Conference North and give healthy competition to our deadly duo up top.

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    Gloucester - Comfortable 2-0 win , goals from the deadly 2 up top.
    Salford - A game we deserved to win but failed to convert our chances, ter Horst picked up his injury and in comes Cassidy.
    Braintree - Worst performance this season and the result to match as Braintree deserved the 3 points and got them.
    Gainsborough - 0-0 is the perfect result for what was a truly dull game of football, back to back games where we failed to score after being so prolific this season.
    Worcester - Hatfield returned after being out for 2 weeks and scores a free kick inside 9 minutes. We manage to throw the game away letting in 2 goals in the last 5 minutes of the game to end the month with a draw.

    /\ Worcester are clearly my bogey team in football manager!

    Attachment 1091866
    After being 4 points clear from AFC Fylde at the start of the month, we end it 2 points adrift from them! However we play AFC Fylde in our next game where 3 points is a necessity in what is already a 6 pointer!
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  29. November
    Laptop wouldn't let me crop it further but...

    Attachment 1091924
    AFC Fylde - Top of the table clash and we come out on top thanks to Bradley Clayton.
    Darlington - Typical! We then go and lose the next match 2-0!

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    Failing to get a point against Darlington means we remain second however only one goal away from AFC Fylde at the top however we have Nuneaton in December which is surely another 6 pointer!
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  30. Surely this is the season you go up

  31. Surely this season will see you promoted, despite some unlucky results you're still only 1 goal off top spot. KIU

  32. Keep it going, you will promote this season! How did your managerial attributes changed during the first years?

  33. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    Surely this season will see you promoted, despite some unlucky results you're still only 1 goal off top spot. KIU
    Yeah Hopefully, definitely got enough goals in this squad to overcome the goal difference

    Quote Originally Posted by mrdilpot View Post
    Surely this is the season you go up
    Yeah fingers crossed mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by zyndar View Post
    Keep it going, you will promote this season! How did your managerial attributes changed during the first years?
    Thanks mate, I will screenshot the managerial attributes Monday evening for you as I'm away for the weekend so wont get a chance to update before then.

  34. December
    As requested here is my latest managerial stats, safe to say I'm no Mourinho, Pep or Klopp...
    Attachment 1092240

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    Farsley - A weakened starting 11 comfortably win 4-2.
    Nuneaton - Important game and we nick it thanks to a winner from Max Hazeldine.
    Biggleswade - Another goal for Dunkerley and Clarke in the FA Trophy sees us run out 2-0 winners.
    Boston - Another big game in the league sees another clean sheet and brace from ter Horst.
    FC United - Somehow fail to break down FC United, 2 points dropped.
    Altricham - another back to back game where we've failed to score meaning we lose top spot AGAIN!

    Attachment 1092242
    We remain second and are two points off top despite big wins against play off hopefuls Boston and Nuneaton, however we drop points stupidly against poorer oppositions in Altricham and FC United.
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  35. January
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    Harrogate - 4 goals for ter Horst kickstarts the month in fine fashion.
    Chelmsford - Typical kiddy as we then fall to a 2-0 defeat to Chelmsford meaning I change tactics (see below)
    Stockport - A goal crazy game, we we're 5-1 and decide to gift them 3 goals in the last 10 mins. Hatfield grabbing a hat trick from centre midfield.
    Lowesoft - Cassidy, Hatfield and the first for a while for Hazeldine secure a 3-2 win.
    Ebbsfleet - Deserved more from the game but fall to a 2-1 defeat against a team in the Vanarama National.
    Guiseley - 3-1 back to winning ways, Cassidy scores against his old club and ter Horst bags a brace.

    ter Horst grabbed player of the month with Hatfield finishing 3rd as I manage to grab the manager of the month award.

    Attachment 1092319
    My new tactic - 4-1-2-3. We go attacking and flexible, with looking for overlaps and whipped crosses. We simply try to outscore our opponents which so far has worked well, although we haven't kept a clean sheet yet which I'm not overly surprised about but our attacking prowess has got us out of that situation. We have two fit wing backs with decent crossing stats whipping it in for 3 forwards with good finishing, anticipation and off the ball stats. We then have Hedley sitting in front of the two centre halves looking to cover our full backs and prevent counter attacks with Croasdale also helping out in that department and Hatfield looking to assist the attacks and arrive late in the box to score some goals from midfield.

    Attachment 1092324
    Still second, a point off top however they have a greater goal difference. We can now focus solely on the league as we are out of both cups meaning less fixtures to the last two seasons which will hopefully work in our favour as we look to win the league this season.
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  36. February
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    Bradford PA - We get our first clean sheet with our new tactic and a Cassidy winner seals 3 points.
    Redditch - Another clean sheet and another brace for Cassidy who is in a rich vein of form.
    Alfreton - We manager to outscore Alfreton 4-2 thanks to goals from Hazeldine, ter Horst (50th for the club) and a first for Harvey Rodgers.
    Blyth - We see off the month with 3 points and a clean sheet, Cassidy again bagging a goal in a great month for him individually and as a team.

    Surprisingly Cassidy wasn't even in contention for player of the month, however I swoop manager of the month for two successive months.
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    We now close the gap to only two goals difference although we have a game in hand. Hopefully we keep this fantastic form up and AFC Fylde slip up allowing us to finally win promotion in the coming months. AFC Fylde are still in the FA trophy so hopefully they have their attention elsewhere.
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  37. March
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    Tamworth - We fall to a 3-2 defeat to bottom of the Tamworth, who couldn't even buy a win, truly dreadful result!
    Salford - More disappointment as we draw 2-2 against Salford who had 10 men for 60 minutes of the game.
    Gloucester - Finally back to winning ways with another goal for ter Horst and Cassidy.
    Braintree - Mr Reliable Will Hatfield sealed a 1-0 win.
    Gainsborough - A game we somehow failed to win despite 3 clear cut chances including a sitter from substitute Charlie Dunkerley who managed to hit the bar with a header from 2 yards out in the last minute of the game.

    Despite the defeat to Gainsborough...
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    A decent achievement considering there are still 6 games remaining.
    Although I'm hoping for top spot rather than play offs for the third year on the trot.
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    Ours to lose now, 3 points ahead with one goal inferior to AFC Fylde, all we need to do now for the remaining games is either equal or better their results!

    My remaining 6 games are against 6 of the top 8!!!
    -My bogey team Worcester
    -6 Pointer AFC Fylde
    -Then promotion hopefuls
    -Nuneaton, Darlington, Boston, Altrincham

    What a nervous, exciting, intriguing end to the season this is going to be!
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  38. April and May
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    Worcester - Start the month in fine fashion, 3 goals and a clean sheet against our bogey team. Cassidy bagging a goal but also picked up an injury side-lining him out for 3 months.
    AFC Fylde - Wasn't as close as it sounds, we dominated and thanks to a brace from Hazeldine and a goal for ter Horst we win this 6 pointers.
    Darlington - We put there play off hopes to bed with a 6-0 thumping including another brace for Hazeldine and Hatfield.
    Nuneaton - 1-1 come from behind to draw the game after another Hazeldine goal! As Boston in 2nd also drew, we WIN THE LEAGUE with 2 games to spare!
    Boston - 1-1 We take the lead thanks to Bradley Clayton (replacing the injured Cassidy) although get pegged after Croasdale was sent off with 10 minutes to go.
    Altrincham - We see off the season with a clean sheet and 3 goals thanks to a brace from Clayton and another goal in a superb run of form for Max Hazeldine.

    Attachment 1092648
    We end up winning the league by 8 points! 90 points altogether with plus 48 goal difference is a fantastic achievement!
    Chelmsford ended up pipping Altrincham to a play off spot, Tamworth left it too late to recover from their horrendous start and are relegated as Guiseley just managed to drag themselves out of it.
    AFC Fylde also got promoted alongside us as they beat Boston 2-1 in the final.

    Attachment 1092653
    Johan ter Horst claimed the player of the year, the golden boot with 31 goals and got the highest average rating followed by Will Hatfield and Max Hazeldine. Will Hatfield and Max Hazeldine share the most assists with 14 each. Mike Hall got a record number of clean sheets for the club in a season with 12 however is pipped by Dale Fenn of Chelmsford who managed 14 in the league this season. George Borg of Nuneaton won manager of the season.

    Hazeldine won the fans player of the year, ter Horst runner up, despite winning the leagues player of the year, golden boot and got the leagues highest average rating and Hatfield coming 3rd. Hazeldine also claimed young player of the year. Josh Cogley won signing of the season at the club and ter Horst won goal of the season for his strike against Alfreton.

    In my two full seasons here we have won the FA Trophy and the Conference North including a 3rd round FA Cup tie beating league one MK Dons in the process, two play off defeats and a FA Trophy final defeat, not a bad start to my managerial career!

  39. Pre-season
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    We kickstarted the month with a few departures following Keith Lowe, Tyrone Williams and Arthur Gnahoua's contracts expiring, in the previous season they failed to make the first team with exception of the odd occasions. The latter joined AFC Fylde. George Forsyth was a youth player when I first joined the club and failed to make any real impression starting only in FA Trophy games. Sean Williams, with a year left on his contract and being reserve the majority of the time last season, we sold him to Boston United for £5,000. Robbie McDonnell joins Hemel Hempstead on a 6 month loan as a key player to get first team football and hopefully aid his development.

    Now for the arrivals, Ben Hedley rejoins the club on a season long loan from Morecambe for the fourth time! Along with....
    Attachment 1093983
    Phil Egan, with bags of potential and only £325 a week, he was a given to be our back up central midfielder as his contract with Watford expired last month.

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    Again cheap, young and bags of potential, Neil Brock joins following his release by Manchester City and will give healthy competition to our strike force.
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    Results wise, we were 2-0 up against AFC Telford at half time and then capitulated gifting them 3 goals, maybe due to the 11 changes I made at half time. We reacted to that in fine fashion beating Brackley, Sunderland U23s and stuffing Torquay. We then faced a fully strengthed Fulham and matched them for the majority of the game however they were more prolific in front of goal as they ran out 3-1 winners. Another full strengthed Wolves side faced us next and we didn't play as well as the last game but still had bright patches however their superiority showed as we fall to a 2-0 defeat. I then wanted a confidence booster to end the season on so we played Loughborough Uni and

    We will start the season as we finished it playing 4-1-2-3 attacking and see how we fair against stronger opposition, although we could adjust it to a standard 4-4-2 narrow standard diamond. Another option is a wide 4-2-3-1 due to our youth intake rich in young promising attacking midfielders and wingers however I feel our attacking options are strong and to only use one would be silly.
    The board are expecting a top half finish and I would agree, targeting top half and potentially a play off push would be great in our first season back in the Vanarama National.
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  40. August
    We started the month with a new addition...
    Attachment 1094155 Tommy Hope signs following his release from MK Dons, he will be backup to James Hancocks at left back. Also Peter Kioso joined Guiseley on a 6 month loan.

    Attachment 1094156
    Boreham Wood- A game we fully controlled and should have won.
    Dartford - another game we dominated but somehow failed to find a goal.
    Torquay - 3-1 win with Phil Egan bagging his first professional goal coming on as a sub.
    Grimsby - We were 2-0 down after 10 mins so I changed formation to a diamond and went standard with great affect as we managed to claw two goals back before a late winner denied us a well deserved point.
    Accrington - A game we should have won again but failed to convert great chances, Max Hazeldine with a brace against his old club.

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    We sit 12th exactly mid table on 6 points and a positive goal difference. I feel if we managed to convert more of our chances we would be atleast in the play off spots as we only managed one win and three draws in the opening month of the season but a decent base to build on.
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    Straight after the Accrington game, we received confirmation that our youth player Mike Hall will be departing, £50,000 and 25% sell on fee was too good to turn down, so we will be looking for a backup keeper in the coming month.
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  41. September
    Another new addition however not a goalkeeper that you were probably expecting....
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    His agent approached me following his release from Liverpool and at only £210 a week with 4 and a half potential stars, I thought it was well worth the risk. He immediately joined Welling on loan to aid his development.

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    Newport - the perfect result, 3 goals and a clean sheet against a promotion challenger.
    Woking - All three of our strikers on target as we coast past a struggling Woking side.
    York - A fantastic away performance capped off with another clean sheet and 3 goals.
    Chester - Top of the table and you can see why, very organised and hard to beat as we fail to break down their 5 defenders.
    Dagenham and Redbridge - another 1-0 defeat, a game we deserved more from.
    Barrow - A comfortable 2-0 win, a fantastic month for Ryan Croasdale who bagged 3 goals this month, Truslove netting the other after coming off the bench.

    Attachment 1094196
    We have moved up to 9th and are now only 3 points off the play offs. I hope we continue this reasonably good form and push for a play off spot along with a nice run in the FA Cup.
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  42. October
    We started the month with a new goalkeeper....
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    George Willis, we signed the ex Sheffield United graduate to be backup to James Talbot in goal, 2 and a half star with 4 potential and only costing us £1,500 from Gainsborough.

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    Halifax - we run out 2-1 winners infront of the television cameras as ter Horst and Hazeldine bag the goals.
    Eastleigh - We throw away a 2-0 lead but manage 2 goals in the last 15 minutes as ter Horst grabbed his hat trick.
    Gateshead - A poor performance away from home sees us fall to a 2-0 defeat against Gateshead away.
    Halwsowen - I put our reserves out to give them first team experience and a chance to impress, a chance they completely blew as we ran out deserved 1-0 losers.
    Eastbourne - We smash them 5-0 at home, Truslove getting a brace and all 3 of our strikers on the score sheet.
    AFC Fylde - We lead 2-0 and again let in 2 goals until a goal for Josh Cogley, his first career goal, gave us a 3-2 win.

    Attachment 1094275
    We end the month in a play off spot, 7 points off Chester at the top of the league. Hopefully we can maintain this form up and keep our play off position, especially as there will be no cup run following our defeat to Halesowen.
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  43. November
    We started November with horrendous news that Johan ter Horst is out for 3 months after tearing his hamstring.
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    Southport - A comfortable 3-0 win against Southport including a goal for Neil Brock replacing the injured ter Horst.
    Sutton - A 2nd consecutive clean sheet and a winner for Jake Cassidy gives us 3 points.
    Ebbsfleet - Brock with another goal and Liam Truslove secure the 3 points for Kiddy.
    Cheltenham - we fall to a 1-1 draw after being 1-0 up and against 10 men, reasonably disappointing.
    Maidstone - Back to winning ways as we thump bottom of the table Maidstone 6-2.

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    2nd in the league, two points off top. A fantastic month, unbeaten, hopefully we can carry on this form throughout December.
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  44. December
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    AFC Telford - id take a clean sheet away from home every single time!
    Bristol Rovers - big game where we ran out deserved winners despite being 10-1 to win before kick off.
    Spalding - Cup game where we played the youths and reserves and won in extra time, Clayton the stand out player.
    Boreham Wood - fall to a 2-1 defeat, deserved a point in my eyes.
    Torquay - should've won more convincingly, Clayton with a brace.
    Dartford - Lucky to win, only thanks to a Hazeldine penalty.
    Grimsby - Clayton ends a superb month with another brace.

    NOTE- the Grimsby game came ONE day after our Dartford game which was 2 days after the Torquay game. Ridiculous scheduling but our squad depth showed as we got 9 points in 4 days!

    Attachment 1094302
    A superb month sees us go top of the table heading into the new year by a point but with a much superior goal difference! Hopefully more of the same this new calender year to see us gain back to back promotions.
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  45. January
    Started the month with even more injury news, Max Hazeldine out for 5-6 weeks and ter Horst also rejoins him on the injury table as he is also out for 7-8 more weeks following a reoccurring injury picked up in an U23 game whilst trying to get him back to match sharpness.
    Attachment 1094346
    Accrington - Dunkerley comes off the bench to grab a brace and seal 3 points for Kiddy.
    Newport - Dunkerley turns super sub again with another goal for him and Neil Brock.
    Woking - We fail to beat struggling Woking despite bombarding their goal with clear cut chances, 2 points dropped.
    Macclesfield - FA trophy game where again I made 11 changes which didn't matter as Clayton grabbed a first half hat trick.
    York - Clayton kept his place in the side following his hat trick and scored a brace securing a 3-1 comeback.

    Attachment 1094347
    Top of the league by 5 points and a massively superior goal difference! It is ours to lose now but how many times have I said that over my career! Next game is 2nd place Chester away where we will look to gain an 8 point advantage over them!
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  46. February
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    Chester - We lose the clash at the top of the table 3-2, should've deserved a point at least but that's football.
    Dag & Red - A Croasdale screamer earns us a point.
    Bristol Rovers- We lose in the cup after extra time, a goalscoring return for Hazeldine.
    Barrow - A goal and assist for Joe Cogley earns us the 3 points.
    Eastleigh - Again 1-0 down but we fight our way back battering them 4-1.
    FC Halifax - Two absolute screamers by Hazeldine twice get us level away at Halifax infront of the cameras.

    Attachment 1094376
    Still top with a 6 point lead, again its in our hands, ours to lose now!
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  47. March
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    Eastbourne - The worst result of the season so far, a shocking result conceding 3 goals against relegation threatened Eastbourne.
    Gateshead - Back to back defeats and failing to score in both games is worrying form.
    AFC Fylde - A brace for Hazeldine gets us back on track.
    Southport - Callum Grogan scoring his first goal of the season to seal 3 points for the harriers.
    Sutton - Back to back clean sheets and Grogan getting his second goal in 2 games.

    Attachment 1094527
    7 points clear with 5 games to go, anything other than the title would be a complete and utter disaster!
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  48. April/May
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    Ebbsfleet - We fall to a 2-1 defeat, ter Horst scoring and getting injured again!
    Cheltenham - Huge win as Brock comes off the bench and seals a 91st minute winner!
    AFC Telford - Poor result as we fail to score again.
    Maidstone - The result that clinches us the TITLE, we hammer Maidstone with 3 first half goals.
    Bristol Rovers - I change the line up including a few youngsters which backfired as we get thumped 4-0.

    Attachment 1094634
    Despite our inconsistent form come the end of the season we clinch the title by a point securing back to back league titles!! Bristol Rovers get promoted beating Chester in the final of the play offs. Bradley Reid of Newport County claims the player of the year and I swoop manager of the year!

    After we claim back to back league titles, Max Hazeldine claims back to back player and young player of the year, Phil Egan won signing of the season and Liam Truslove claimed goal of the season for his thunderbolt against Maidstone in our promotion winning game.
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  49. Pre-season

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    As you can see most of the outgoings were youth players on loan. Hopefully first team experience elsewhere we'll aid their development and come back ready for football league action. The only major departure was Neil Brock who left for Blackburn Rovers for £125,000 potentially rising to £200,000 with a 30% sell on fee, which was just to good of an offer to not accept.

    For the arrivals...
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    Jack Munns, a free transfer following his release from Cheltenham Town, his attributes for an advanced playmaker really stood out so was a no brainer in my eyes.
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    Harry Krypianou, left back who was cheap and has potential, released by Lincoln following their relegation, will go ahead of James Hancocks in the pecking order.
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    Jordan Tilson, ex Exeter and Crewe defender, brings league 2 experience to the side and can play both centre half and as a defensive midfielder.
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    Kisimba Kisimba, so good they named him twice! No attribute that is amazing but no attribute that is shocking, a cheap defensive midfielder who is bound to improve at the age of 22, hopefully 7/10 each week with no real flaw to his game.
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    Rhys Murphy, ex Arsenal academy graduate joins on a free following the sale of Neil Brock to add healthy competition to our strikers.
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    Dylan Williams, back up midfielder who has average ratings and adds league 2 experience to the side. Young and has the potential to improve.

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    Unbeaten in pre season including a win against Barnet and a clean sheet, hopefully something to build on. This season we will play 4-4-2 narrow diamond standard and flexible, looking for overlaps and whipped crosses. We will be aiming to avoid relegation, 22nd and above this season would be a great feat for the club!
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  50. August/September
    For some reason or another I couldn't sign onto my account to do the August review so here is two months slotted in together and as you can see two very contrasting months.
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    Wrexham- In our first game of the season we were unfourtunate to lose 1-0, our performance merited at least a point.
    Shrewsbury - Our second string team run out winners via penalties and a hat trick for Hazeldine.
    Cambridge - Somehow we didn't win this game and let a 2 goal lead slip with 10 minutes to go!
    Forest Green - Day to forget, shambolic all round!
    Oldham - Another game we somehow failed to win, 5 clear cut chances compared to their 2. A 93rd Ousmane Fane winner for Oldham robbed us of a point.
    Wolves - Our second string side again play in the cup away at Molineux and take the lead through Jake Cassidy against his old club but we fail to hold onto our lead.
    Stevenage - Double the amount of clear cut chances created but again we fail to convert them and fall to a 1-0 defeat.

    At this point, we were bottom and 2 points away from safety. I was perplexed that we had failed to get a win in the league yet, we dominated games stats wise but failed to convert chances. I decided to make our wing backs, defensive fall backs and took off the look for overlap instead trying to exploit the middle as I thought itd make us more solid at the back and we have enough creativity in the middle of the pitch to be alright. I also signed a player...
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    Martin Craine, an ex FA youth cup runner up with Southampton, we bring him in for much needed experience and his stats are better than Callum Grogan who was struggling with the step up from the conference.

    Bristol Rovers - We run out 2-0 winners, our first win and clean sheet of the season!
    Crawley - Back to back clean sheets as we manage to draw against 10 man Crawley away from home.
    Doncaster - Big game at the bottom of the league which ended level, Munns grabbing a goal from a free kick.
    Exeter - A real thriller, a game we probably didn't deserve to win but Phil Egan and Liam Truslove scoring goals from midfield, both have been different class this season.
    Burton - 3-0 against promotion hopeful Burton who were reduced to 10 men. Another goal for the prolific Truslove!

    What a turnaround, a month getting one point followed by a month where we were unbeaten!
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    14th in the league as it stands, 3 points off relegation and 5 off the play offs, next step is to be closer to the play offs than the relegation places but as I said at the start of the year, the target is just to finish 22nd or above
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