Chesham - Blue Square South - 2014/15
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What a funny old season. Our first game against a really bad Wealdstone team with a 1-1 draw and we played terribly. From there, with minimal signings and a few losses in the offseason, we had no hope as we were broke. The squad decided to prove me wrong however and were amazing. A 14 game unbeaten streak through the middle of the season was a highlight as was the myriad of close draws in the close fixture time with the FA Trophy stealing our time and postponed games stealing my mind. Bloody English weather.
With an embarrassing loss to Braintree in our second last game, we needed to win against eventual league winners Hayes & Yeading or have Bromley lose their final game. We fought really well against a superior opponent and eventually lost, but so did Bromley, so we were headed to our first promotion playoff with me at the helm.
We drew Eastleigh who were winning for a lot of the season until H&Y stole the lead on the last day with a win over us, so Eastleigh hated our guts with good reason.
In the First leg, we took an early lead but were gutted when the Spitfires went 2-1 up with time running out. A quick double with time running out scored us the win and a good lead heading into the second leg.
In what proved to be quite a boring game, we took an early lead through troubled striker Elliot lead and parked the bus to take the game and book ourselves a spot in the final.
Quite a dull game against Salisbury, with them dominating in the first half over the park but not being able to turn it into points. Our boys had the wind taken out of their sails in the 46th minute when Derek Gill scored a screamer to take the lead, but Chesham player of the season Alberto Seidi took it back with a fantastic individual effort two minutes later. It was back and forth for the rest of the half, but we were lucky to survive.
Towards the end of the first half of ET, diaster struck when Thomas Boakye shot the ball into our goal to send Salisbury into the lead and in everyone's mind it was enough to secure promotion. Boakye wasn't having any of that and when given the oppurtunity of the lifetime five minutes into the second half from a corner, he flew high and headed it home. 2-2. After a dull ending where both sides played it cool, we were going to penalties.
It was quiet until Irish Salisbury defender Ryan Brett skyed his penalty and Al-Basith nailed his, giving us a lead. When Boakye missed one, we were back on level footing and after 5 each were even. Jack Lyons stepped up, the striker and captain not known for his penalties and rocketed it home. Marc Sayer stepped up for the Whites and nailed the ball, but a terrific save from Taudul was taking the Generals to the next level. BSP BABY!
A disapointing finish to what was a good run. Games against Kidderminster and Fleetwood were really tough and showed some character to get though, but the fixture congestion really got to us towards the end where we played a game every 3-4 days for over a month.
I sat my key guys for most of these games and the results though. We played terribly against Darlington though, which I wasn't happy with.
- quite suprising how well the team has gelled. We still lack depth which was shown when Taudul was injured halfway through the season for 2 months. Luckily we have a fantastic young kid who stepped up and did really well in the big leagues, despite only being 15.
Key Player Profiles
- Fantastic Polish keeper who I had a lot of faith in once I dropped Speiss. Has shown us his class this season and capped it off by saving the penalty in the final which took us forward. Still only 20 as well, so he has a lot of football left in him.
- Seidi was super disappointing when I first signed him, but has shown promise as his finishing has improved and was up there with Hecker for player of the year. He broke all kinds of scoring records at the club and is a major part of our success.
Player of the Season
- Getting better and better, but seems to run out of juice at the end of the season. Has needed a 2-4 week break for the last two seasons right when I needed him most. Still, he is fantastic and easily one of out best.
Up and Comers
- He hasn't really got any better in the last season which is disappointing and probably due to our terrible facilities and lack of a youth coach.
- Heenan was crap but Elliot has been a surprise packet. After complaining mid season about not getting enough game time, I gave him some minutes and he played his heart out. Will feature prominently next year. The players who left were deadweight except for Andrews who announced his retirement then left the club once his contract was up to search for another one.
Woohoo! Salvation! (Maybe)
Build a Premier Div squad
Still running the 442. not even going to try my other tactics until at least league football. Will need full time players I think for it to work.
Major Competition Winners
Premier League - Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Stoke (BORING)
Championship - Newcastle
League 1 - Bournemouth
League 2 - Oxford
BSP - Dag & Red
BSN/BSS - Gateshead/H&Y
F.A Cup - Fulham
F.A. Trophy - Dag & Red
UEFA Champions League - Man Utd
Europa League - OM
A-League - Gold Coast United/Gold Coast United (Brisbane 2nd/2nd)