Ebbsfleet (A) The start of league action. I didn't get off to the best start losing away 3-1 to Ebbsfleet, not my strongest lineup. I was still trying to find the best tactic. It definitely wasn't this. Currently in 21st
Aldershot (H) I managed to bounce straight back just 3 days later, with a 3-0 Home win over Aldershot. With a different formation, this time a 4-3-1-2. with 2 goals coming in the final 5 minutes to secure the win. Now in 10th
Braintree (H) came 4 days later. Switching it up again, i went to a more standard 4-3-3. after 22 minutes i was 1-0 down to an OG and down to 10 men after my young RB saw a straight red for an elbow, fair to say he was cautioned. Goals in the 38th and 47th minute saw me come back to win 2-1. 2 wins took me 7th.
Barrow (A) now managed by former player Ian Evatt. 4th game in and you guessed it a 4th formation. So many games forced me to evaluate each time the fitness and change things so often. 2-0 up after 26 minutes, by 34 minutes 2-2. I managed to go in to HT 3-2 up. the 2nd half, nothing a like seeing just the 1 goal as it finished 4-2. i didn't know but here i found my perfect strike partnership in Tom Denton (201cm) as my target man and Lee Shaw as a pressing forward. Now 4th.
Salford (A) The National League new boys. Almost the same team started this as last time to try and get some stability. Was a scrappy game with 7 bookings, i can't help but feel robbed here. in my squad is Sam Muggleton (Son of my coach) he boasts 20 Long throws. in the final few minutes, he launched a long throw in to the box which young Joe Rowley got to the end of only to be ruled offside (isn't possible, a bug to be fixed) however, officials do make mistakes. Saw me drop to 9th.
Barnet (H) An 8 goal thriller, not to be missed. After just 26 minutes we were tied at 2-2 but i had lot journeyman striker, Marc Antoine Fortune to injury. Which saw him out for nearly 3 months. a Gaol just on HT meant we went in 3-2 up and my team talk became easier. 3 more goals in the 2nd half meant we came out 5-3 winners. up to 7th
Hartlepool (A) the final game of the month, a lot less action than the previous. With Fortune out and just a 2 day break i was forced to rest players and switch to a 4-2-3-1. 1-0 at 39 minutes all the way until deep in injury time were we fail to clear a corner and 1-1 at 90+6. Gutted. Back to 8th
At the end of the month, we sit in a respectable position. Definitely areas to improve on. Now i had found my preferred formation of 4-2-4 Wing attack, i needed to find another first team winger. Zavon Hines and Kyel Reid are bound to pick up the odd injuries or get tired along the way. I have 2 young U18 prospects however they're not quite there yet. So i asked my board to seek an afilliate, they came back with Aston Villa. I managed to secure the loan signing of Jordan Cox, 20 year old suited to either wing.
However i do have a goal scorer in Lee Shaw with 5 goals to his name. I have employed the Tactic of "look for set pieces' the height advantage of Tom Denton (201cm) Will Evans (188cm) and Laurence Maguire (181cm) a real threat as well as the long throws from Sam Muggleton at 20. These team so far lacks a real leader to turn games around.