Season 7 - 2017/18
7 seasons in, and we are far closer to the goal of entry into the football league than I could ever have imagined at the start of the game. New players were needed at this level, but rather than going for a huge overhaul I chose carefully and brought only 5 new players to the club. With little time for sentiment, out went some players I had hoped would stay with the club for some time. Our progress though, had outstripped their abilities, so we said goodbye to one-time record scorer Steve Thompson and the fine servant to the club, Christopher Brightwell, who had 180 league appearances, scoring 12 times.
Callum Bowman - AM/M C - Signed from Stenhousmuir. Bags of ability, pacey and skilful. A huge boost to our midfield.
Pat Carberry - AMR / ST - Irish winger signed from Stirling Albion. Good crosser and all rounder
Anthony Stewart - DC - Centre back with bags of league experience with Wycombe Wanderers
Peter Crook - GK - Signed on a free from Northampton Town. A class above Wright, who was looking rather suspect at this level.
Anthony Stewart - Solid first season for us. 7.09 rating doesn't really show how well he did for us.
Shane Cramp - Brilliant season. 34 goals in all competitions, 12 assists and 11 MoM
Jason Baxter - First Full season. 35 goals in all competitions isn't a bad way to introduce yourself. Lethal partnership with Shane Cramp
Callum Bowman - Was the driving force in midfield. Pulled the strings and laid on the goals for Cramp and Baxter. Also got on the scoresheet 7 times.
Peter Crook - Took over the no1 spot from the foundering Wright. Steady if unspectacular start, but reliable and consistent, making the shirt his.
We were all over the place the first few games, 1 win in 5, although that was a 6-1 thrashing of Dartford. We picked up form, but the defence seem to enjoy self destructing every 4 or 5 games leading to some high scoring games and heavy defeats. This increased in regularity in the latter stages, as we went from superb to dire performances and back in the space of a week. Win 4-0, lose 4-0, win 4-0. Our middle season form cost us a chance at the title, but our end of season form looked like it could land us in the play-offs. Draws in our final two league matches cost us, as we finished 1 place outside the play-offs on goal difference.
The FA Cup saw us through to the 3rd round. We met Middlesborough at home, and despite losing an early goal, found ourselves 3-1 ahead with 30 minutes left. They fought back and equalised in injury time to force a replay which we lost. We were seconds away from a 4th round tie at Old Trafford :mad:
In the local cup, we gained revenge on Wycombe Reserves in the final, beating them 3-0 to secure some (diddy) silver ware for the season.
The Shane Cramp and Jason Baxter show, aided and abetted by Callum Bowman. When these three played, we were unplayable. When they didn't we were bog awful. Some big wins and some hefty defeats plus a good run in the FA Cup made for a successful season. Progress is being made, but a leaky defence could be our major downfall if not sorted. Once more though, a season to surpass all expectations.
6th P46 W21 D13 L12 76 pts
FA Cup - Into the 3rd round for the 1st time ever. Nearly pulled off a shock against Premiership opposition - and the reward would have been priceless. Had to make do with a replay at the Riverside.
FA Trophy - Crap again. Out in the 1st round. We are doomed never to do anything in this competition.
Berks & Bucks Senior Cup - Revenge on Wycombe. Baxter, Cramp and Stewart all score in a comprehensive victory to give us the cup for the second time.
Top Scorer - Jason Baxter 35
Top League Scorer - Jason Baxter 28
Most Assists - Callum Bowman 18
Average Rating - Jason Baxter 7.39
Player of the Year - Shane Cramp (at least that makes up for last year....)