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  1. Season 3 (2021/22) - Vanarama National League North Competitions: Overview | End of Season Review Vanarama National League North (Table| Results (part 1, part 2): Board Expectation: Avoid relegation. Media Prediction: 15th. Finish: 2nd. Again we didn't start that great, but quickly recovered and found form. We only lost 1 league game after the turn of the year and looked like we could be in with a shot of being crowned Champions. However, Stockport and FC United were both equally excellent and just kept winning games so it was a very close run title race. We sat in 2nd place for a lot of the season and were beginning to make ground on Stockport in first, but in the end FC United charged past both of us and into 1st place. With a superior goal difference it was going to be hard to finish above them with games running out and in the end we finished 1 point off the top, in second place. In the Playoff semi final we played Stockport who had led the league for most of the season. We had drawn and beaten them in the league already this season, but this time we just didn't turn up. Stockport were comfortable and we really struggled to create anything and fell to a 2-0 defeat. Another season in the VNN... FA Cup (Results): Board Expectation: Reach Fourth Qualifying Round. Finish: Knocked out in Fourth Qualifying Round by York City. Comfortable wins against King's Lynn and Worcester saw us through to the Fourth Qualifying Round. Here we faced a strong York City side playing in the league above so it was going to be a test. We went 1-0 in the game, but their quality shone and they came back to win 2-1. FA Trophy (Results): Board Expectation: Reach First Round. Finish: Knocked out in Second Round by Macclesfield Town. Another decent run in this competition, with good wins against Nuneaton and Solihull Moors (both going to replays). Then we 2-1 to Macclesfield Town of the league above. Club: Squad (End of Season Awards): We retained a lot of players from last season and added some quality too. We are almost there in terms of quality to get promoted, so hopefully won't need to change too much for next season. However, it is a worry that a lot of the best performing players are here on loan. Transfers: A few players left the club as they wanted too much money for a new contract, but a month into the window they decided to re-join. We also brought in a few new players with extra quality and made use of the loan market. Key Players: James Bowen - Released by Leamington, Bowen came in to play the majority of matches this season at LB. He got a goal and 10 assists and caused problems with a long bullet throw. Sam McClellen - Re-trained to be able to play out on the left as an Inside Forward in games we chose to go with the 4-1-2-2-1, he played a lot of games this season again. Towards the end he was on a great run of form, getting April Player of the Month. He ended the season on 14 goals and 6 assists which is another slight improvement on last season. Billy Chadwick - Brought in on loan from Crewe as a squad option, he soon nailed down a starting place in the side scoring 7 goals from midfield. He was signed on a free permanently during the season. Brett McGavin - Brought in on loan from York when we in the middle of an injury crisis in midfield, he kept a place in the side and played well. Isaac Ward - Another one in on loan from Crewe, he was solid at the back alongside Tharme. Best Youth Intake Player: There were no players I thought it worth signing. Overall Best Eleven: Stewart-Dawes, Wood and Bowen were inducted into the best eleven. Finances: Still not looking great although the owner has pumped substantial money in, to keep us going. Manager Profile: Again, due to finances I was refused being able to start the next coaching course. A few attribute increases nonetheless. Season Team League Finish FA Cup FA Trophy Top Goalscorer Most Assists Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 13th 2nd Qual. Round 1st Round McClellen (12) White (9) Avoided relegation 2020/21 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 6th 4th Qual. Round 4th Round Smith (18) White (15) Lost in Playoff 1st Round 2021/22 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 2nd 4th Qual. Round 2nd Round Stewart-Dawes (15) Hawkins (11) Lost in Playoff Semi
  2. Season 2 (2020/21) - Vanarama National League North Competitions: Overview | End of Season Review Vanarama National League North (Table| Results (part 1, part 2): Board Expectation: Avoid relegation. Media Prediction: 18th. Finish: 6th. As is clear from the results, if we had done half as well in the first half of the season as we did in the second, we would have been promoted as champions. A mixed start, with a lot of draws, followed by an awful October and November made things appear as though we were in for another mediocre mid-table season. However, an excellent run from December to the end of the season, let to a quick rise up the table and before long we were taking part in a six-way title challenge. Frustratingly we left our good run of form too late and fell just short of the mark in 6th, only 4 points off the league leaders. This meant the playoffs and we faced Barrow who finished one place above ourselves in the first round. With injuries to Louis White and Lois Maynard, his replacement in the same game, coming in the final game of the season it was a tough ask. A huge re-jig in the centre of the park proved to be our downfall and although we pushed Barrow to the final whistle we fell to a 3-2 defeat in a thrilling game. With the best goal difference in league and knowing if the season was few games longer we would have been champions, I have confidence that if we can keep the squad intact and maybe add a couple of more quality players we can be successful again next season. FA Cup (Results): Board Expectation: Reach Fourth Qualifying Round. Finish: Knocked out in Fourth Qualifying Round by Chesterfield. Eventually overturning Corby on penalties after going to an annoyingly placed replay, before comfortably dispatching of Leiston 3-1 away from home, we reached the Fourth Qualifying Round. Here we faced Chesterfield of the league above who have a decent amount of fans attending for this level so however the tie ended it would provide a decent amount of cash. We managed to scrape a 1-1 draw at home and take them to a replay where we eventually succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in a tight game. Although, it would have been nice to progress for more financial gain, it was always going to be tough and at least we did better than last season. FA Trophy (Results): Board Expectation: Reach First Round. Finish: Knocked out in Fourth Round by Chesterfield. A great run in this competition, thanks to favourable draws, really helped boost morale and turn round our season. Comfortable wins against Welwyn Garden City, Potters Bar and Workington who were all at a lower level, led us to the Third Round. There we faced a Dulwich Hamlet side who were in a similar top half position in the VNS as we were in the VNN. We managed to find an extra gear in extra time to win 2-0 in a tight match. In the final 8 of the competition we were drawn against Chesterfield who had already knocked us out of the FA Cup earlier in the season. They were too good again and comfortably won 2-0 to end hopes of a semi final. Club: Squad (End of Season Awards): I was a lot more pleased with the squad this season and felt we had a lot of players contributing to the success of the team. Defensive midfielder Louis White was superb again and has been nominated for VNN Player of the Season, whilst McClellen and Smith supplied goals up front. Hopefully I can retain the major players of the team and add a couple of quality players to the mix in the summer. Transfers: We managed to retain a few players from last season who were among the better performers. I was unable to get a few of the loan players back so we looked elsewhere. The large amount of turnover of players could have contributed to the inconsistent start to the season. Hopefully we have more of a core squad now and only have to add a few for next season. Key Players: Louis White - Another great season from him in DM and the stand out player again. This time he chipped in with 9 goals and 15 assists which is superb from DM as a DLP. Won VNN Player of the Season! Niall Heaton - Retained from last season he looked a lot more solid at CB. His long throw was a useful tool and provided him with a few assists. Harry Smith - Signed in the summer he was the leading goalscorer with 18 goals and 5 assists in all competitions. With height and great jumping reach he was a real threat in the air and scored a lot from set pieces. Douglas Tharme - Signed on loan from Wrexham he partnered Heaton well at the back, playing the majority of matches this season. Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain - Signed on loan from Notts County, he struggled at first but really found his form and worked well down the right providing 6 assists. Best Youth Intake Player: Lewis Brown - Not great but he was the only player who I thought was worth signing. Overall Best Eleven: This now looks like my most commonly used lineup from this season. Finances: This is starting to look really bad and we are constantly losing more and more money. Hopefully pre-season friendlies can help, but we might need more injections from the owner. A cup run would be welcomed next season! Manager Profile: Due to finances I was refused being able to start the next coaching course. A few attribute increases nonetheless. I also won VNN Manager of the Season. Season Team League Finish FA Cup FA Trophy Top Goalscorer Most Assists Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 13th 2nd Qual. Round 1st Round McClellen (12) White (9) Avoided relegation 2020/21 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 6th 4th Qual. Round 4th Round Smith (18) White (15) Lost in Playoff 1st Round
  3. Season 1 (2019/20) - Vanarama National League North Competitions: Overview | End of Season Review Vanarama National League North (Table| Results (part 1, part 2): Board Expectation: Avoid relegation. Media Prediction: 21st. Finish: 13th. We got off to a decent start, winning 5 out of the first 9 games. Things dropped off a bit from here and we were very inconsistent, although managed to find ourselves in 7th place at the turn of the year. We hovered around this last playoff placed position for some time even though we were continuing to be inconsistent. Finally, a massive drop in form including a run of 6 matches without a win saw us plummet down the table and any hopes of a playoff spot were extinguished. At one point I had hoped we could sneak the playoffs but in the end we didn't have the quality and it was probably for the best. We are really struggling against the 4-4-2 and need to find a solution to this next season. We scored our fair share of goals, but our defence was very leaky and we conceded the 4th highest amount in the league. This needs to be rectified before we have a hope of promotion. FA Cup (Results): Board Expectation: Reach Third Qualifying Round. Finish: Knocked out in Second Qualifying Round by St. Ives Town. Really poor performance at a time when we were going through a spell of very bad form. We lost comfortably 3-1 and our goal was an 88th minute consolation. Very disappointing as we were playing a lower reputation team... Hopefully we can do better in this competition next season! FA Trophy (Results): Board Expectation: Reach Third Qualifying Round. Finish: Knocked out in First Round by FC Halifax Town. It took a replay to get through the Third Qualifying Round against Marine where we eventually beat them comfortably at home 4-2. In the next round we faced FC Halifax Town which was always going to be tough since they're a division above. It was a close game but we were knocked out 1-0 via a late own goal. Club: Squad (End of Season Awards): There's not much stand out quality in the squad and that took it's toll towards the end of the season. Louis White and Sam McClellen were the only two consistent performers and carried us to safety. We need to strengthen in defence and out wide if we want to have success going forward and also we need to hope to use the loan market well again. Transfers: We brought in quite a few players and I hope to keep a few players at the club for next season with some signed up to new contracts already. Although, it might be tough to get the players we had in on loan back for another season so we may need to look elsewhere. Key Players: Louis White - Amazing season from him. 11 league goals and 9 league assists is an excellent return from DM playing as the team's DLP. Signed up for next season on another year contract. Nominated for VNN Player Of The Season. Sam McClellen - The other stand out star in the team. Although I signed him in the summer he only began to play part way through the season. He came in and started scoring immediately, bagging 12 goals in 18 starts. Taylor Townsend - In on loan from Shrewsbury, he also only made an impact half way through the season when he was brought into the team. At times inconsistent but he hit 3 goals and 3 assists and usually played well. Kane Cullen - Started the season as my man up top and was in great form. Although his form dipped and I put McClellen into the team and after that Cullen found it hard to get back into the side. He did finish with 11 league goals though in 20 starts. Yusifu Ceesay - On loan from Blackpool, the Spanish winger did well. 7 goals and 2 assists was a decent return for him. His contract is due to expire so maybe we can get him in again next season. Best Youth Intake Player: N/A - we decided not to take any of the Youth Candidates as they were all poor. Overall Best Eleven Finances: The owner has been injecting cash to keep us afloat. Hopefully, he can continue to do so or we're in trouble! Manager Profile: Got my National C licence and a few improvements to my attributes. Season Team League Finish FA Cup FA Trophy Top Goalscorer Most Assists Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 13th 2nd Qual. Round 1st Round McClellen (12) White (9) Avoided relegation
  4. Having got myself a new laptop, I'm giving this a go again with Bamber Bridge! The best I've done with this challenge is making it to League 2, two years ago so hoping to beat that.
  5. Time to give this a go again on this year's game! I'll be managing Bamber Bridge.
  6. Hi, I’m looking to buy a laptop soon with a budget of around £1000. Mainly interested in getting good performance for FM playing with larger databases, and graphics installed etc. I generally play on 2D at the moment and am happy with this so amazing graphics aren’t necessarily the most important to me, although I do play a few other games such as Civ 5/6 so decent graphics for games like that would be appreciated. Other than that I would mainly use my laptop for a few bits of work or browsing the Internet etc so nothing too strenuous. I have 10%+ off laptops with HP through work, but again it doesn’t necessarily have to be a HP laptop if there are better alternatives at competitive prices. I have a limited knowledge when it comes to these things but thinking that the processor is most important for me and memory would be nice but can be added to the laptop if possible and necessary? 17” screen would be great but more than happy with 15” as well. Any recommendations or advice for me would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  7. After unfortunately losing my save file when I updated to Windows 10, I'm starting again as Hitchin manager!
  8. Season 1 (2018/19) - Vanarama National League North Competitions: Overview Vanarama National League North (Table | Results): Board Expectation: Fight bravely against relegation. Media Prediction: 21st. Finish: 17th. We got off to quite a good start with 7 points out of the first 4 games, but then the lack of quality in the squad really started to show. The next win didn't follow until October and good results were sporadic at best until late December. With having to bring a lot of new players in, most of which only slight improvements on what we already had, the players struggled to get any sort of consistency and struggled to adapt to the league. However, when I had settled upon a tactic that seemed to work and I'd found my best team, things started to click. James Spruce was brought in on loan from Bristol Rovers in November, but was initially out for around a month - his debut for the club uncoincidentally aligned with the start of our best run of the season in Jan and Feb with 6 wins out of 10 games and Spruce banging them in. We hit another very bad run in March and were still involved in a big relegation battle, but just about stumbled over the line for survival in the league, securing this on the 2nd last game of the season. FA Cup (Results): Board Expectation: Reach Second Qualifying Round. Finish: Knocked out in First Round by Plymouth Argyle. I was very pleased to have a decent run in the FA Cup in my first season here. We turned over Evo Stick side Aylesbury Utd, before scraping through an epic tie with Wealdstone at a time when we couldn't buy a win in the league. Then we sneaked through a tie with Vanarama National League side Poole with a 1-0 win to make the First Round. An exciting tie at Top Field in Hitchin saw us face League 2 outfit Plymouth, but they had too much for us in the end and knocked us out with a 4-2 victory. We got back into the game twice making it 2-1 and 3-2 late on, but in truth they dominated and Darren Pratley's screamer sealed out fate in the 89th minute. FA Trophy (Results): Board Expectation: Reach Third Qualifying Round. Finish: Knocked out in First Round by Tranmere Rovers. Eased through the Third Qualifying Round against Chasetown, but a First Round tie away to National League side Tranmere, who actually finished 3rd this season, proved too much and we got beat 4-1. Club: Squad (End of Season Awards): There isn't very much quality in the squad and a lot of the better players we had this season were only on loan, which is a worry for next year. We're weak at the back and shipped a lot of goals (6th most in the league), but did manage to score a lot especially once we went 2 up front and Spruce + Macfoy-Johnston got a good partnership going. Improvements need to be made at the back next season. Transfers: We brought in a number of players, which meant things took a while to click and get going so next season I think I'll look at making fewer changes if possible. I'll hopefully to bring back some of the players we had on loan too. Key Players: James Spruce - Came in on loan in November from Bristol Rovers, but was out injured until mid-December coinciding with a great run of form that kept us up. He scored 19 goals in 24 games and chipped in with a few assists too. A revelation. Dion Macfoy-Johnston - Struggled to get going, but really benefitted from being up top with Spruce and formed a great partnership with him. Finished as my top goalscorer with 22 goals and most assists with 8. Signed a new contract to play for another year at Hitchin. Tom Ouldridge - In on loan from Swindon in December and contributed immediately. Played well on the right wing in a position which we were weak. Charlie Smith - Inherited him from the start of the game. An ever present in the team, he started 39 games in the league. 5 goals and 5 assists was a decent return. Got him signed up for another year here. Jack Broadhead - Brought him in on a free before the season started to add some physical presence in midfield and he did exactly this. Gets stuck in and gave the defence some protection. Another one signed up for next year. Best Youth Intake Player: Declan Rook - Has some decent mentals, may give him a few chances in the team next season. Overall Best Eleven Finances: Look fairly stable and the FA Cup run definitely helped with that. Manager Profile: Got my National C licence and a few improvements to my attributes. Season Team League Finish FA Cup FA Trophy Top Goalscorer Most Assists Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Hitchin Town Vanarama National League North 17th 1st Round 1st Round Macfoy-Johnston (22) Macfoy-Johnston (8) Avoided relegation
  9. Season 6 (2021-22) - Vanarama National League Competitions: Overview League | (Fixtures) Expectation: Avoid relegation, Finish: 1st Wasn't sure what to expect at the start of the season and was really struggling to bring in quality for this level, which led to using a lot of last years squad who had singed on again as rotation or backup options. We barely had a squad together going into the first few games, but managed to not lose in the first 6. As we added a a few players throughout the season we only got stronger and kept on winning. Our success was largely down to our strength at the back and ability to grind out results. We had the best defence in the league and the most clean sheets. At the other end, Bingham hit 24 league goals which was 3rd best in the league. In the end, we ran away with a 10 point lead at the top and always looked likely for promotion. FA Cup Expectation: Reach First Round, Finish: First Round Cruised through against Hyde in the qualifying round before being drawn against League 2 side Blackpool. We lost 5-3 in a thrilling encounter. FA Trophy Expectation: Reach Second Round, Finish: Fourth Round A decent run and disappointed not to win this competition as it definitely was achievable. However, we used rotated squads a lot and after some great high scoring games against Guiseley, Dulwich Hamlet and Havant & Waterlooville we were knocked out 1-0 away to fellow title contenders Ebbsfleet. Club: Squad: My players definitely overperformed this season and lot weren't supposed to be great at this level according to scouts and my assistant manager. A lot of last season's squad also featured and did well stepping up a division. I definitely benefited from strong team cohesion and tactical fluidity given that a lot of my players had been together for 2-3 seasons now. Transfers: Added a few players to try and add quality at this level including Toner on loan from Bolton who was my best player from CM and a few defenders on free transfer who all did well. Key Players: Sean Toner: CM on loan from Bolton who ended the season on a 7.49 rating and dictated play from the middle Devonte Redmond: Continued his fine form on from last season and added more goals to his game Abdulai Bell-Baggie: Returned to the club after a season away at Halifax and was a revelation with 8 goals and 12 assists from the wing Rakish Bingham: Equalled his goal tally from last season with 24 goals and adapted well at this level Jack Truelove: Another one who looked consistently solid like last season and did well stepping up a level - provided a few assists from LB Michael Richardson: The fan favourite didn't feature as much this season and missed 3 months through injury, but he still contributed from CM and playing further forward as a SS Finances: Prize money for winning the league has lifted the finances a bit, but with stadium works required to compete in League 2 (delayed until next season due to poor finances). We've gone professional and increased the scouting range to include Ireland though! Next Season: Really think it will be tough next season due to overperforming last season with a poor reputation and struggling to bring in quality players for this level. I think this could catch up with me this season and we will do well to avoid relegation, which has to be the aim. Season Team League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016/17 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2017/18 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 7th 2018/19 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 9th 2019/20 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2020/21 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 1st Promoted as champions! 2021/22 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League 1st Promoted as champions!
  10. Agree with this, I'm Blyth too and finding it tougher than last time. Although, it adds to the challenge and fun!
  11. Season 5 (2020-21) - Vanarama Conference North Competitions: Overview League | (Fixtures) Expectation: Mid-table, Finish: 1st Finally achieved promotion at the fifth attempt in this division. After such a good season last year, I knew we would be right up there again this season and it should have been wrapped up long before the last day. At one point we had a 15 point gap at the top, but poor form towards the end of the season when the players began to tire and the pressure got to them almost cost us promotion. In the end, we held on and clinched the title. FA Cup Expectation: Reach Fourth Qualifying Round, Finish: Second Round We always do well in the FA Cup and went on another decent run. We were afforded some good draws and knocked out Grantham, Hednesford, Braintree and Gainsborough. The second round gave us League 1 Birmingham away, which was too much for us and we lost 5-2. FA Trophy Expectation: Reach First Round, Finish: First Round We beat Kidderminster, then Harrogate both at home before getting knocked out away to VNL Chester. Club: Squad: Largely the same squad as last season as I had faith they could deliver this time. We lacked a bit of depth in terms of back up quality, but due to a relatively injury free campaign this wasn't too much of a problem. I only used 22 players which was the lowest amount in the division. Transfers: Added a few players to replace those who didn't want to resign as they didn't feature enough last season. This was mainly backup players with the exception of Redmond, Richardson (CB) and Hutchinson who played a lot in the first team. Key Players: Michael Richardson: Mr Reliable and club icon who was my highest average rated players for the 5th year running. He started every league game as usual. Devonte Redmond: Brought him in to replace Sean Seavill who became a back up due to rapidly declining with age. He added quality to the midfield. Rakish Bingham: Continued form from last season and was the top goalscorer in the league with 24 goals. Matthew Wilson: Stepped in to replace Bell-Baggie on the wing, who left to Halifax. I was looking to sign someone in his place, but Wilson started very well and kept his place in the first team. Lee Molyneux: Stepped up another level from last season and got 17 assists, which was the best in the league. Finances: Looking the same each season and cup runs have really helped us out as well as injections of cash from the owner. The owner is looking to sell the club now though. Next Season: Not sure what to expect next season and how my team will compete. With some good new signings we may fair far better than we would at this point, but the main aim has to be to achieve safety ASAP and then see where we can go from there! Season Team League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016/17 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2017/18 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 7th 2018/19 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 9th 2019/20 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2020/21 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 1st Promotion!
  12. Season 4 (2019-20) - Vanarama Conference North Competitions: Overview League | (Fixtures) Expectation: Mid-table, Finish: 3rd (Lost in Playoff Final) Great season where we finished on our highest points total yet, which would have seen us top in the last 3 seasons, however Lincoln and Stockport kept matching our results and in the end we only managed 3rd. After losing 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final against Bradford PA, we fought back to win 2-0 in the second leg to set up a final against Lincoln. Since they finished above us, the tie was held at their ground and in the end probably gave them the slight edge as we drew 2-2, but eventually lost to a 119th minute penalty. FA Cup Expectation: Reach Fourth Qualifying Round, Finish: Second Round Another decent run in the FA Cup for some much needed cash. We knocked out Worcester, Sutton Coldfield, AFC Fylde and Kingstonian before being beaten 2-0 by League 1 Bradford. FA Trophy Expectation: Reach First Round, Finish: Third Qualifying Round Poor performance in this competition. Matlock dispatched of us in the first possible round. Club: Squad: Used the squad really well this season, with a few injuries meaning I had to rotate a lot of the players. Most of them contributed at some part of the season. I kept a core of the previous squad again and added a bit more quality and experience in places, especially up front where we needed firepower and they delivered! Transfers: Fewest transfers so far and we added well. Bingham and Murphy scored 36 goals between them and then players like Conneely, Truelove and Bradley added experience at the back. Key Players: Michael Richardson: Our best player for the 4th season running and also fans player of the season again. Sean Seavill: His age is catching up with him a bit as his physicals are dropping, but he was solid again this season and dictates play in the middle. Seamus Conneely: Very versatile player, with lots of experience. Played mainly at right back and was solid throughout the season. Rakish Bingham: Brought in as a second striker to partner Murphy and he was a revelation. Scored some crucial goals in important games - 17 in total. Rhys Murphy: Signed to bring goals to the team that was lacking quality up front and he delivered with 19 goals. Finances: Injections from the owner are keeping us afloat. The playoff final and FA Cup tie away to Bradford helped us out a bit. They still aren't looking great though! Next Season: This season we found a balance between attack and a defence which led us on some great unbeaten runs. Our defence was the 4th best and attack the 2nd best in the league. Keeping the majority of our key players will be crucial going into next season and adding a bit of quality if possible will help us out. Our minimum aim should be a title challenge if not playoffs. I'm confident that if we can repeat last season and get the same amount of points, we can win the title and finally get promoted. Season Team League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016/17 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2017/18 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 7th 2018/19 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 9th 2019/20 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final
  13. Season 3 (2018-19) - Vanarama Conference North Competitions: Overview League | (Fixtures) Expectation: Mid-table, Finish: 9th Another massively frustrating season where we looked good enough in parts, but kept throwing away important points. We started off really well and I thought that this was the season for promotion but inconsistency crept in and we struggled to gain any momentum. It was another close season at the top and we finished only 4 points outside the playoffs and 10 points off the top. We actually had the best defence in the league and the most clean sheets, but didn't score enough goals. In EVERY game but one that we lost in the league, it was by one goal and we lost 1-0 about 8 or 9 times! FA Cup Expectation: Reach Fourth Qualifying Round, Finish: Third Qualifying Round Overcame Ramsbottom with relative ease and then faced Guiseley who we always seem to struggle against. They play a very long ball 4-3-3 where they pump the ball into the box and get a lot of crosses in. We eventually lost 1-0 here, despite being the better team in the game. Guiseley did finish 2nd in the league so they are good team. FA Trophy Expectation: Reach First Round, Finish: Semi Finalists Our best run in this competition yet and some kind draws helped us on our way to a two legged semi final against Bradford PA. We knocked out Soham, both Wrexham and Cheltenham (who are a league above us), Worcester and Cambridge City along the way. I was very confident in the semi final, having beaten Bradford PA them twice already that season in the league, but a 1-1 draw in the first leg and a poor showing in the second leg sent us out, losing 6-3 on aggregate. Club: Squad: Although I kept a few key players that make up the core of the squad, there were others that didn't want to resign for another year on their contracts. I had filled the squad with a lot more cover in these key areas and tried to use loans a bit more. Unfortunately, we still didn't have the overall quality we needed to push up a bit higher in the league. Transfers: A few of the more unproven came in and did really well, however some of the more experienced signings really struggled. Players like Gallagher and Rose impressed in midfield and will be retained next year. Key Players: Michael Richardson: Ever present in our midfield and another impressive season. He is our most consistent player by far! Tyler Smith: On loan from Sheff Utd, the young right winger provided a league second best 13 assists and put in some good deliveries from the wing. Sean Seavill: Another solid season from him, but he's getting a bit older now and seems to be slightly on the decline. Still good passing %'s though! Danny Rose: Another experienced midfielder who added energy to our team, he did well playing in rotation with Richardson and Seavill. Jerry Yates: Top goalscorer with 11 league goals. He got a lot of these early and I thought we had solved our problems up top but he faded massively as the season progressed. Finances: Insecure now and showing no signs of improvement. It's a worry, but the club have invested money into the club a few times to keep us going. Next Season: I am happy with how our team is defending and with the best defence and most clean sheets, that is promising. We have to add some firepower and need a 20+ goal per season striker to challenge for play off spot or the title. Also a bit more creativity from midfield would be welcomed. I would be delighted with a play off spot again next season and if we get a bit more momentum and then keep this going we could definitely win the league. However, it's tough with players not open to coming to our club over others and not having much wage budget to work with. Season Team League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016/17 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2017/18 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 7th 2018/19 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 9th
  14. Season 2 (2017-18) - Vanarama Conference North Competitions: Overview League | (Fixtures) Expectation: Mid-table, Finish: 7th Overall quite a disappointing season after last years Playoff Final defeat. This was mainly due to a terrible start to the season, which was the opposite of last year. We ended very strongly with 4 wins from the last 5 games, but it was too little too late as far as the play off spots were concerned. Interestingly we were only 3 points worse off than last season, but it was obvious that the play offs were very unlikely from an early stage. The top spots were a lot tighter and I felt there was more competition from much stronger teams in and around us. FA Cup Expectation: Reach Fourth Qualifying Round, Finish: Second Round A great FA Cup run this year where some good draw luck helped me on my way to the Second Round. I defeated Ramsbottom, Colwyn Bay, impressively Wrexham of the Conference Prem and Poole Town. I was hoping for an easier tie in the Second Round draw to be in with a chance of drawing a big club in the Third Round for a hugely needed boost to finances. I was drawn away to Colchester, who didn't have the greatest of attendances for our tie, so the financial benefits weren't great. A close first half was tied at 1-1, but in the end we were overwhelmed and Colchester finished us off comfortably. FA Trophy Expectation: Reach First Round, Finish: First Round Another poor showing in this competition, which was overlooked due to resting players as I looked to correct terrible league form. We knocked out Frickley only to be beaten comfotably away at Solihull Moors. Club: Squad: I kept a large core of the squad from last season and tried to add a bit of experience and quality in some areas. We had a lot of consistent performers at a 7 rating or above, but in the end we were let down by poor returns from strikers. The ratings reflect our good performances, often we would rate highly in games that we just couldn't manage a result in even though we were on top. Transfers: Unfortunately Joe Wright didn't want to resign for us, but we managed to secure most of the others players I wanted to remain at the club. We brought in a few who had been on loan last season on free transfers and managed to strengthen fairly well in most areas. It was a bit of a struggle to find quality in some areas. Key Players: Sean Seavill: Highest rated performer for the second season running. Controlled the midfield and added a few more goals and assists this time. Michael Richardson: Second highest rated performer again. Alongside Seavill he was a mainstay in midfield. Finished with 11 goals, which was more than our strikers. Thomas McAloone: Signed on a free transfer, the ex-Middlesbrough youngster was our top goalscorer from the wing. Might struggle to keep him for next season! Shaun Densmore: A solid second season at the club for this experienced right back. Added a few important assists from the right. Thierry Audel: I needed a solid experienced CB and he delivered. Provided much needed consistency at the back. Finances: Looking even worse than last season. Promotion or another cup run is definitely needed soon! Next Season: Winning the league still seems unlikely unless we can find some sort of consistency throughout the season. Bad runs of form are costing us and this needs to be stopped before we can gain automatic promotion. I think a play off spot is achievable, but it may be difficult to pull a squad together to do this like in our first season. Season Team League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016/17 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 3rd Lost in Playoff Final 2017/18 Blyth Spartans Vanarama National League North 7th
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