Season 2 - 2012/13 Ė Blue Square Premier
Prediction - 24th
Actual - 4th
Going into the season i was expecting a season of struggle and was hoping for survival and not much beyond that, I kept the ins and outs to a lower level than the previous year but we still did some good business, We started out poorly, and after about 20 games we were sat in 20th Place and it looked like a long hard season was instore.
But, our form began to pick up and we found ourselves within touching distance of the play offs with about 15 games remaining, we needed to close a gap of about 7 pts to last Play Off Place. I thought that this would be just to far out of our reach and over the next few weeks it became increasingly frustrating as we hit our best form of the season but struggled to make up the ground as the teams around us were matching us point for point and we couldnt reel them in.
Then with about 8 games to go, things started to go our way, we began to climb the table until we claimed our 1st weekend in the play off places after 40 games gone.
So 6 games left and needed to retain our form and stay in with a shout, needless to say we then lost our next game and drew the next to fall back to 7th,
It all came down to the last game of the season, 2 Play Off spots already filled and the other 2 could be filled by any 2 teams from 5, we needed a win big time,
90 minutes later and after a 2 - 0 away win over Kettering, we had secured 4th Spot and a crack at the Play Offs.
Stevenage awaited in the Semi's and this proved fairly straightforward, 0 - 0 at home in the first leg had me a little worried, but we came out fighting in the 2nd and a 2 - 1 victory sent us to Wembley.
The Final against Macclesfield was a tense affair, we bossed the game but just couldnt find that finishing touch, 90 mins came and went and still it was 0 - 0,
Extra Time was a none event as both teams tired and so to Penalties, Where Adam Street wrote his Name in Hastings History, 3 consecutive Penalty Saves from macclesfields first 3 kicks took the pressure of the lads as they stroked home all 3 of our kicks to take a 3 - 0 victory in the Shoot Out, Cue crazy celebrations and the realisation we were in the football league,
Two consecutive promotions, but now the hard work really starts
The Cups provided some light relief and we managed to get to the 3rd round of the FA Cup and a home draw with Wolves, never really threatened an upset as we were dispatched 2 - 0 but the TV Revenue was very useful
Strangely, Not one player really stood out, was certainly a team effort, but mentions are needed for the solid spine of the team that got us there
- GK - Solid All Season, Capped by Canada and save 3 Penalties in the Play Off Final Shoot Out
- Solid Defensive Midfielder stuck his foot in and passed it simple
- The Silk to Edge's Steel, Deep Lying Playmaker, got better as the season got older
- Top Scorer, but very hot and cold, Also suffered with injuries through out the season which really stopped him from getting going
Aim for next season can be summed up in one word - Survive
Season League League Finish Achievements2011/12 Blue Square South 1st Promoted/Champions
2012/13 Blue Square Premier 4th Promoted/Play Off Winners