#15 - Chesham United - nPower League 2 - 2018/19 - 15th
As you might have noticed, I have slimmed down my updates so there is less screenshots. This is due to the time consuming nature of it and frankly, most of them probably don't get seen so its not a big deal. I can upload any on request though. I will try and be more descriptive in my writings though.
This was a huge step up this season with the club turning professional and playing league football. A lot of the boys were disgruntled as they wanted F/T contracts for big bucks which I just didn't have to spend. After resigning my two biggest players, Seidi and Hunt to F/T for insane amounts of money(for this level), and picking up a few players to cover gaps we got started.
To be honest, the step up into this league was quite easy and with my staff all on new F/T contracts, the team was flying. it wasn't until about Xmas time we had a big slump and couldn't really string wins together to save ourselves. Some wins later on in the season helped and kept us in the mix, but we were never consistent enough to be able to challenge in this league.
Finances - We didn't do too badly. A poor FA Cup run meant we didn't get the goods there, but increased revenue from the league in attendances and payments countered our increased wage budget.
Drew Fulham from the Championship in the first round and after an amazing game it went to penalties which somehow we won after missing our first two. The next round against Premier League Newcastle, we held a 1-0 lead going into the break, but were outclassed in the second, eventually going down 4-1
Extremely disapointing this season, after nearly being humbled in the 1st round by tier 7 team Hitchin and having to fight it out in a replay, we played poorly and lost to Newport County.
Another bad cup run, losing poorly to Cheltenham in the second round, after a great opening win against Oxford.
Squad - Doing well. Wage budget has been increased so we should be able to stregthen it over the off-season. Midfielder Dale Belfield was out for 10 months this season with damaged cruciate ligaments, so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back.
Key Player Profiles
Luke Robinson - I am currently battling to be able to keep him here next year, but Robinson has been the backbone of the team in the midfield all season and will be missed if I can't keep him.
Alberto Seidi - He was the star of the show four years ago and he is still going strong. Some mid-season injuries plagued him, but he did well to end up with a team high goals of 12.
Player of the Season
Andy Hunt - This used to be Paul Hecker's domain for many a year, but since his departure Hunt has stepped up and more. With a team high average of 7.12, he leads the backfield brilliantly and kept the scoresheet respectable when some games got out of hand. With a new keeper between the sticks next season, Hunt will be relied upon again and again.
Up and Comers
The youth coming through the ranks here is woeful and I won't be handing out any contracts to the kids for the next few years to come at least. Hopefully I can get the board to invest in some more development in the future as we grow our great city to the top of the footballing world!
- Sold club favourite Ryan Unsworth back to his hometown club, Brisbane Roar FC and let Elliot Lee go after the rise of Seidi and Cham made him obsolete. Goalkeeper Alex Gardner was released at the end of the season and will be replaced by last season's pickup Peter Martin.