I think the main message from me is that despite recent results there is no need for panic. We have had not had the rub of the green and have given away some sloppy goals. The number of players carrying injuries, suffering illnesses and being impacted by personal problems is unprecedented. The season is a “marathon and not a sprint” and it was only two weeks ago that we came within one great save of beating a high quality Folkestone Invicta side.
Looking back at Saturday, we had two players who ended up in hospital with Nick Treadwell suffering some concussion and Luke Doherty having a nasty gash on his in-step. I was disappointed that a number of incidents went unpunished and believe on another day there could have been at least one red card. I also feel that if Scott Heard’s goal had been allowed to stand then we would have gone onto to win the game.
We continue to look at the Under 21s players. A number are showing real promise but may not be quite ready for the first team yet. They will have another chance to shine on Thursday evening when they entertain Lewes in the Under 21 League.
We are continuing to strengthen the squad- Some of those we have been talking too have asked for crazy money. We will stick to the budget and spend within our means and not break the bank.
I would love to come out of the next two games with two “ugly” one- nil wins. It may not been pretty but would put us back on track. Of course, Jim and I remain 100% committed to Whitstable Town FC and will be doing all we can to maximise point opportunities.
Looking ahead we plan to hold another “Meet the Manager ” evening. Perhaps it would be good for those who are quick to criticise on the Forum to come to a meeting and put over their points of view. Jim and I are always willing to discuss the football and this will be another opportunity to let you know our plans without sharing them with other club.