Maidenhead United - 2011/12 End of Season Review
League - FA Cup - FA Trophy - Squad - Finances - Transfers
Blue Square South: 19th (Media Prediction: 21st)
With our highest ever position throughout the season being 17th, and that the first day of the season, we were also going to be in a massive fight for safety. Things started off as bad as they could with no win in our opening thirteen games, picking up juts three points. However, a few decent cup results increased morale and our league form soon changed, picking up eighteen points from our next ten games. We proved to be much better after Christmas, gaining twenty five points from nineteen games but would that be enough to come us up? Well after thirty seven league games, we were 19th and locked in what I seen as a five team battle to avoid the drop. Four games later and we were still just a point clear of relegation, and we needed at least one win to secure our safety, but we had a slight problem - our final three games were against top of the table Woking followed by a game against fourth placed Salisbury before finishing the season off against Basingstoke, sitting in ninth. Woking hammered us 3-0 which also saw morale hit an all time low at the worst time possible. A week later we played Basingstoke and the performance of the season, even better than the FA Cup victory over Exeter, saw us dominate the game and win 3-1. What I couldn't understand was why we couldn't do that all season! But we still weren't safe yet, going into the final round of games we were a point clear of both Staines and Hampton + Richmond so if we failed to win and either of those teams won, we would be down. A win was needed; and a win was got! Turns out it wasn't needed in the end as they were both beat but what a way to finish the season, beating two top ten teams in consecutive games to secure our safety!
FA Cup: Lost in 2nd round (vs. Exeter)
Quite an unexpected run including a terrific victory over League One Leyton Orient where we were massive underdogs. We started the run off with a convincing win over Sholing even though the scoreline suggests otherwise. We then progressed to play Havant and Waterlooville, who made their name with their own FA Cup run. They were disposed of before a lucky win over non-league Weymouth saw us exceed the board expectations and reach the FA Cup proper. The win over Leyton Orient is unquestionably our performance and result of the season as at the time there were seventy six places between us in the league ladder. We then faced another League One team in the form of Exeter and unfortunately we couldn’t match the performance of the previous round due to a number of players being unavailable or needing a rest and with the league more important, I gave some players the day off. Slightly disappointed with the prize money we got but I can’t see myself being here too long as the board aren’t exactly the most helpful and not very co-operative.
FA Trophy: Lost in 2nd round (vs. AFC Telford)
As this tournament wasn't my main priority, I decided to exit it as soon as possible after exceeding the board's expectations as I didn't want it affecting our chances of staying up. Turns out I think I made a good call, as we maybe could have went on a bit of a longer run but we stayed up in the league! Had we had an extra few games in this, who knows what might have happened!
With such a small squad, fitness of the players is essential. Unfortunately, our players got injured a lot and that coupled with suspensions meant we were always likely to struggle to find a consistent starting eleven. Only two players got into double figures for goals and surprise, surprise it was our two mian strikers - Alex Wall and Anthony Thomas. If I was to pick a player of the year, I don't think I could choose between these two and should I stay on for another season I would happily sell or release every other player bar these two in order to rebuild. Nevin Saroya had a high average rating for a defender as well as six goals but the amount of goals he gave away through sloppy mistakes meant the average rating doesn't show a true refelection of my thoughts on him.
Em not too good, least said about this the better I think. The main reason why I'm seriously considering resigning. The only way we'll make money is through an FA Cup and I can't see us getting further than last season so unless we get a tycoon takeover this won't be improvong. I'm £1k under the wage budget as well and haven't spent a penny in transfers either.
Broke even in transfers, spent nothing and gained nothing. All the outgoings were players on big wages who I felt we could do without or replace with players on lower wages.
Season Club League Position Achievements
2011/12 Maidenhead Blue Square South 19th FA Cup 2nd round
Well, as I've said I'm really considering resiging but should I sign then there will be a serious revamp of the squad. If that happens and we don't vastly improve on this season then I will not be extending my contract.