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  1. Season 3 (2022/23) - Vanarama National League Competitions: Overview | End of Season Review Vanarama National League North (Table| Results): Board Expectation: Top half finish. Media Prediction: 5th. Finish: 1st. It was a struggle at first to get a squad together, but we did have some players already signed up from last season. We used the loan market again really well and got some great players in. It's again a worry for next season that all my better players were only on loan. I thought the step up would be bigger this season, but I think it will be a lot bigger in League Two now. We didn't start well because of the limited squad we had but once a few players came in we found our feet. By October we were up to 3rd place and stayed there for a long long time until right at the end of the season. For a long time I didn't think I would catch Scunthorpe because they were too good and Boston Utd were also knocking around too. In the end in came down to a three-way title race and we had to play Scunthorpe. This was a 3-2 thriller and we hung on to leap frog them into top spot. We then beat Ebbsfleet on the final day to snatch the league title! FA Cup (Results): Finish: Knocked out in Third Round by Everton. A great performance in this cup and some much needed cash from a Third Round tie at Goodison Park. We breezed past Whitby and Gateshead before beating bottom of League Two Burton on penalties. This set up a lucrative tie against Everton which we were destroyed in. They were 6-0 up at half time and ended up winning 7-0. FA Trophy (Results): Finish: Runner-Up to Barnet Another great run in this tournament, but sadly we didn't get the trophy before moving up into League Two. We knocked out Grantham, Wrexham, Boston and Bromley on the way to a tough semi final against Aldershot. This was around the time the title race was heating up so I had to play a rotated side and we snuck through after a 0-0 and a 1-0 win in the second leg. I thought we should easily beat Barnet in the final who finished 9th in the league, but had already beaten us 4-0 this season. They dominated us and easily won 4-1 which was disappointing. Club: Squad (End of Season Awards): Again a lot of loan players and we lacked cover in some areas with a thin squad. We were getting a lot of worried messages from physios telling me to rest players towards the end of the season. Luckily we stayed largely injury free though. Transfers: We brought in a lot of players, especially loans. I think it will look similar next season. Club Vision: Expected to avoid relegation. Was offered a new 4 year contract which now extends my stay until 2027. Key Players: Stefan Mols - I kind of took a chance on this guy after seeing the scout report and not being able to see all the stats, but it paid off big time. On loan from Blackburn, the Spaniard played in a DLP role and just pulled the strings in midfield. He weighed in with a massive 10 league goals too with some great strikes from outside the box. Lewis Baines - On loan from my senior affiliate at the time Lincoln. A great loan signing and was solid at the back, had a great partnership with Shotton. Cameron Archer - Again he just could not stop scoring. He struggled to get going and tailed off a bit towards the end but he scored the goals I needed. Finished league top goalscorer with 21 goals. Trying to get him to stay as an impact sub for next year. Callum Jones - After he signed a late contract with Hull and they wouldn't let him join on loan, I thought I would be unable to get him back. However, this changed after a few games and we managed to get him back for another season loan. He was solid as ever and played well a bit deeper for us. Saul Shotton - On loan from West Brom, he had a solid season at the back alongside Lewis Baines. Best Youth Intake Player: I signed one youth player but to be honest he doesn't look that great - Stephen Doherty Overall Best Eleven: McKenna our young keeper this season moves into the best starting XI. Finances: Looks a lot better after good runs in FA Cup and FA Trophy. The club has turned professional, is expanding the stadium to 5,500 and upgrading the training facilities. Exciting times. Manager Profile: The club allowed me to also complete my National B Licence and hopefully I can do the next one soon. Season Team League Finish FA Cup FA Trophy Top Goalscorer Most Assists Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 5th 4th Qual. Round 4th Round Archer (21) White (13) Lost in Playoff 1st Round 2021/22 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 1st 3rd Qual. Round Semi Final Archer (33) Poveda (23) Promoted as Champions! 2022/23 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League 1st 3rd Round Runner-Up Archer (21) McGhee (15) Promoted as Champions!
  2. Season 2 (2021/22) - Vanarama National League North Competitions: Overview | End of Season Review Vanarama National League North (Table| Results): Board Expectation: Playoffs. Media Prediction: 2nd. Finish: 1st. We strengthened really well in the Summer and got some really key players in to add to a few we already had. We secured some players that were on loan last season and got some superb loans in this season. We started brilliantly and started to put points together as the games came quickly in the first half of the season. The lowest position we were in was 5th which came after losing both our league games in November. This came around the time star man Poveda was injured with a torn hamstring and over this period we struggled and the 442 went stale. A switch to the 4231 really helped and we picked up form with some really nice comebacks and last minute winners. We found ourselves in a title race with Stockport and Southend and us three were always swapping places at the top. A big win against Southport at the beginning of March lead the way for a good run of 8 wins in a row that saw us pull away from the other two and finish quite comfortably and clear at the top. The title was secured with two games to go and we ended up finishing 10 points clear as Champions! FA Cup (Results): Finish: Knocked out in Third Qualifying Round by Morpeth Town. Very disappointing performance this season. We struggled through 3-2 away to Quorn to set up a Third Qualifying Round tie against fellow VNN side Morpeth. We never got into the game and slumped to a 2-0 defeat with a slightly rotated team. Hope to go further next year as this was below the board's expectations. FA Trophy (Results): Finish: Knocked out in Semi Final by Aldershot Town Another really good run in this competition as we went one step further than last season and got some revenge against some good teams in process. We breezed through the first couple of rounds with a rotated side against Matlock and Darlington. The same rotated side beat Dulwich Hamlet after ET with an 118th minute winner from Nyal Bell who was great in this competition and played his way into my first team. We then came back from 1 goal down to promotion rivals Stockport who we had never beaten before to send the game into extra time and then go on and win it, again Bell got a brace. This set up a quarter final against Dagenham & Redbridge, of the league above, who knocked us out at the same stage last season. A thrilling 3-2 victory away saw us go into the semi final and gave me some confidence in this team's chances next season. We were unfortunate to draw the only VN team left in the competition in Aldershot for the semi final over two legs. We lost the first game 2-0 as they had too much quality and then managed a 1-1 draw in the second leg to unfortunately fall short. Club: Squad (End of Season Awards): Made up again of a lot of loan players which is always a worry but necessary at this level. There was a strong first XI to choose when everyone was fit and luckily we only really had one major injury to Poveda which did affect us a bit. Transfers: We kept a decent amount of last season's players with a lot becoming squad players and then added quality on top of this to the first team. We really secured some great loan signings and they were top players in the division which helped provide a title winning season. Got to try and do the same again and get a good squad together for what will be a tougher season. Club Vision: Expected to finish top half next season. Was offered a new contract for another year. Key Players: Ian Carlo Poveda - The Colombian wizard out on the wing this season. The ex-City player was instrumental to how we played and was a big miss for a few months after suffering a torn hamstring. Fortunately when he came back he stayed fit and contributed to our success with a league leading 23 assists as well as 4 goals in only 25 starts. Cameron Archer - Brilliant again and built upon a great season last year. He bagged a massive 37 goals in all competitions with 33 and a golden boot award in the league. Did really well up top on his own towards the end of the season too. He's signed a contract for last year but we will see if he will be the number one striker. Remi Savage - I was unsure about him starting this season and thought about signing another CB instead, but I decided to stick with him and I am glad that I did. He was more consistent and solid this season, but also added goals to the team with 12 goals in all comps, plus 9 in the league. Could become a backup next season. Kane Wilson - An amazing loan signing from West Brom. Bombed up the pitch from RB and got a lot of assists. A great partnership with Poveda on the right. Callum Jones - Very good centre midfielder on loan from Hull. Worked hard and was consistent. Started in a middle 2, but moved into AMC as we changed formation and improved here. Best Youth Intake Player: There were no players I thought were worth signing again. Overall Best Eleven: Only Osadebe and Abdelkader remain of the players who left last season. Finances: Getting worse and worse which is worrying. We have to expand stadium to 4000 due to league rules which means another hit even though we will be nowhere near filling it. Manager Profile: The club has now allowed me to do the first coaching course. A few attribute increases again though. Season Team League Finish FA Cup FA Trophy Top Goalscorer Most Assists Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 5th 4th Qual. Round 4th Round Archer (21) White (13) Lost in Playoff 1st Round 2021/22 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 1st 3rd Qual. Round Semi Final Archer (33) Poveda (23) Promoted as Champions!
  3. Season 1 (2020/21) - Vanarama National League North Competitions: Overview | End of Season Review Vanarama National League North (Table| Results): Board Expectation: Avoid relegation. Media Prediction: 15th. Finish: 5th. We got off to a decent start but this quickly tailed off as my small squad, that was still being put together with transfers and loans, struggled with the early season fixture congestion. In this period I just drew too many games (9 out of the first 17), which took me out of the title race. From October on results picked up and I was winning a lot more games, it wasn't all perfect but I quickly moved up the table into the playoffs spots and stayed there from the end of January onwards. On the final day I jumped above Gateshead, who I would play in the Playoff First Round, into 5th spot. I had drawn home and way to Gateshead 1-1 earlier in the season and that's how this Playoff tie ended. I dominated the match and created a lot more chances. Cameron Archer put us 1-0 up in the first half, but we couldn't find a second to finish off the tie. Gateshead equalised in the 87th minute to send us to extra time and then penalties. Unfortunately, Gateshead won the lottery that is penalties 7-6 and ended my hopes for promotion this season. We go again! FA Cup (Results): Finish: Knocked out in Fourth Qualifying Round by Boston United. A 5-1 thrashing of Rushden & Diamonds and then seeing off Berkhamsted after a replay, sent me through to the Fourth Qualifying Round against Boston United of the Vanarama National. It was a close game, but we just didn't have the quality to get a result and lost 1-0. FA Trophy (Results): Finish: Knocked out in Fourth Round Replay by Dagenham & Redbridge A nice run in this competition for us this season. We saw off Gainsborough, Stourbridge and St. Albans before getting revenge against Boston United who knocked us out of the FA Cup earlier in the season. Then we had an unexpected Fourth Round tie against Dagenham & Redbridge who were flying high in the league above. A thrilling 90 mins and extra time couldn't seperate us and it ended 3-3, we took the lead 3 times! Then in the replay they were just too good and we lost 2-0. Club: Squad (End of Season Awards): There was a lot of new players coming in early on and this could have been part of the bad run at the start of the season. I hope I can keep the core of the squad and add a bit of extra quality to push for promotion next season, but a lot of my better players were in on loan. Transfers: We let a few players go who didn't feature much throughout the season, more to save money than anything. We brought in good quality and used the loan market well. Burton became our senior affiliate and we managed to get one young striker on loan who scored a few goals. Hopefully we can get some more players off them next season too. Club Vision: Expected to reach the playoffs again next season. Was offered a new contract for another year. Key Players: Kyle Hawley - Brought in on loan from Morecambe, the big target man was really good for me. With 17 goals and 9 assists in the league and another 10 goals in the cups, he was my top goalscorer this season. Hopefully can sign him on loan or free in the summer. Cameron Archer - Signed on a free after he was released by Aston Villa. He scored a lot of goals especially towards the end of the season. He managed 21 goals in the league and was the league's top scorer. Already signed up for another season at The Brig. Ryan White - Was at the club when I arrived and provided a lot of chances and assists from the right wing. 7 goals and 17 assists in all competitions was a good return and he topped the league's assists chart with 13. Emmanuel Osadebe - Brought in on loan from Macclesfield. He had a good season but I was expecting a bit more. Improved as the season went on. Could be difficult to get again next season. Remi Savage - A good season for the young centre back who was also my captain this season and played a lot of games this season. He had good defensive stats in the league with the second most interceptions and headers won. Best Youth Intake Player: There were no players I thought were worth signing. Finances: Still not looking great although the owner has pumped substantial money in, to keep us going. Manager Profile: The club is refusing to allow me to start the next coaching course. A few attribute increases nonetheless. Season Team League Finish FA Cup FA Trophy Top Goalscorer Most Assists Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Bamber Bridge Vanarama National League North 5th 4th Qual. Round 4th Round Archer (21) White (13) Lost in Playoff 1st Round
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Time to give this a go again on this year's game! I'll be managing Bamber Bridge.
  9. 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!
  10. After unfortunately losing my save file when I updated to Windows 10, I'm starting again as Hitchin manager!
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. Agree with this, I'm Blyth too and finding it tougher than last time. Although, it adds to the challenge and fun!
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