Season 3 - 2014/15 – Coca Cola League 2
Preseason - Media Prediction: 10th
Final placing: 2nd
After a successful BSP campaign I really wasn't expecting too much from the squad this year. I made no major moves in transfer market compared to the 3 previous seasons. I brought in a targetman, a centre half and a full back on loan (I still couldnt find a decent one from last season due to my financial restrictions!). I opted for a target of safe mid-table even though I was being touted as an outside bet for promotion by the media. I started off with a 4-3 win at home to Tranmere Rovers and at that point I just had that "oh here we go" feeling a topsy turvey madhouse season was going to commence, but it was misplaced...I then lost the next 3 games in a row meaning I went out of the league cup (albeit to Sheffied Wednesday) at the first hurdle.
I really couldn't tell you what was the single thing I did to turn it around...maybe it was moving Pierce my loaned left back to centre half...*shrug* I've absolutely no idea - but I just started to win...and win regularly whilst throwing in some draws and the odd defeat, but I was remarkably consistent for the next 25'ish games. It was only when I reached the 30 games point in the season I started to stutter a bit but I battled on through it and got some really good results towards the end, including a stunning 3-0 victory away over 3rd placed Crewe Alexandra.
The League cup was a non-starter as I've said, and I managed to reach the 3rd round of the FA Cup losing away at Villa, but I made a nice 500k in that game so I wasn't too upset (paid for my season that game effectively). I went out of the JPT with a whimper too, but I honestly think the lack of cup games just aided my league form.
with 18 goals in all competitions. In all honesty I expected more but he misses alot of chances. I'm going to be giving serious consideration to revamping my front line.
Northwich Victoria's managers top player award
This is an absolute no-brainer; Moses Swaibu
takes this with consumate ease. An absolute rock over the season at the back and this is even before I mention the 14, yes 14 goals he contributed. The man is immense when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net through getting on the end of a set-piece. Hats off to the man.
I'd say survival again. I don't plan to add crazily to the squad (I say plan but hey ho
) and I reckon the current playing staff will have found their level. I will however do my best to cut the dead wood and add some fresh blood, I just want to avoid the 10 out 10 in scenario every year (doesnt lend to realism for me..).
Season League End Position Achievements
2011-12 BSN 2nd Promotion via playoffs
2012-13 BSP 7th
2013-14 BSP 1st BSP Champions
2014-15 L2 2nd Promoted