I decided to make some changes to my squad from last season with a lot of the poor performers heading for the exit door to be replaced by a new batch. I missed out on a couple of targets but otherwise I started the season on a high after a good pre-season, highlighted by a 6-1 victory over League 1 Swindon in our penultimate friendly.
Sadly the league campaign didn't begin with the same buzz as last season and we suffered a couple of injuries, most notably to my star striker of last season, Adam Francis. While we were inconsistent in the league though we had no such trouble in the FA Cup however. We reached the 3rd Round and a home tie against Championship side Millwall were we held on for a 0-0 draw before losing 4-1 at the New Den.
The FA Trophy was a little bit frustrating as we reached the 1st Round, after coming through a replay with eventual BSS winners Eastleigh, to then lose out in another replay to Hampton & Richmond in a game where we'd dominated.
The second half of the season, after our cup exploits were over, saw us have to play a game every 2-3 days for far too long that cost us. An 8 game unbeaten run had me dreaming of sneaking into the playoffs but it wasn't to be and our inconsistency returned to see us end the season in mid-table once more.
FINAL POSITION - 14TH
HIGH - The FA Cup run, we were scoring for fun and knocked out League Two Walsall as well as Woking of the Blue Square Premier.
LOW - The 3 game losing streak that followed our FA Cup exit, including a 5-1 loss to Tonbridge.
Adam Francis - His injury at the start of the season was a big blow but he went on to have another good season for us.
Jim Thompson - He came through our youth system last season and I noticed my coaches recommended him quite highly. He could be one to hopefully follow us up the leagues.
Josh Millwood - He was my rock in central defence last season and he delivered once again this season. Consistent and he gets his fair share of goals surprisingly.
Oscar Threlkeld - My best signing of this summer by a long way. Formed a great partnership with Millwood in the centre of my defence.
Charlie Taylor - Another of my consistent players in defence. If only we had a better goalkeeper behind them.
Ben Mantom - Still a teenager but he performed very well when I used him this season. He'll hopefully be used a lot more next season.
AIMS FOR NEXT SEASON
- New goalkeepers are a must. We're definitely missing out on points by not having a decent keeper behind my defence.
- Another good run in the FA Cup would be nice financially, I may have to sacrifice it though to keep my squad fresh.
- A push for the playoffs please.
SEASON LEAGUE POSITION CUPS
2012/13 Blue Square South 15th FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
2013/14 Blue Square South 14th FA Cup 3rd Round, FA Trophy 1st Round