I do have FM22 career plans but I'm in no rush to put this on the back burner just yet, and I certainly wasn't going to do so mid-season. I think I need time for a private save anyway to get to grips with all the things introduced in recent years. Maybe when I decide to leave Cadbury Heath it'll be a good time, and while I don't know when that'll be, I anticipate that if we get promoted to the Southern League it might well be my last with the club before I move on (unless we're almost-immediate promotion challengers yet again).
We seemed to be stumbling heading into the new year so a win against Mangotsfield was a relief. Unfortunately I then forgot to put the fit-again Edwards back in goal and we ended up losing to a free-kick. However that was the goal that the backup keeper conceded in 3 matches in goal. That left us with just 1 win from 5 games but Brockenhurst came to the rescue and helped us kick off a run of 7 wins in a row in all competitions, 5 in the league. They were mostly only narrow wins but the win over Bashley (top at the time) still stands out. We had our main winger Giles injured for most of February (thankfully being back for the next match) and we finished the month with consecutive games where one goal (and at least one close chance in each to get another) unfortunately wasn't enough, denying us the chance to go top. However Studley have been stumbling themselves of late so we remain right on their tail.
December remains the only month so far this season without any cup matches. We faced Paulton Rovers (in the league above) in the Southern League Cup and I was amazed at how easily we swiped them aside, especially as it was a club record high-scoring game I think. Next was Brockenhurst in the First Division Cup and they proved to be as comfortable (for the most part) as I expected them to be, taking us into a cup semi-final. However, our next opponents are top of the other First Division. We missed the chance to make it 2 semi-finals this season when we narrowly (though deservedly) lost against United Services Portsmouth in the League Cup.
This season is going well, even if I'm worried that we're throwing away a good chance to take the advantage in the battle for top spot. It doesn't help that we have 3 of the other top 5 teams left to play. However it does look like we're going to achieve what I set out to, which is to reach the playoffs at least, and pretty comfortably as well. There's still the battle for top spot to look forward to, even if I doubt we can make it 3 promotions in a row. We also signed another player in January, he's a defender/midfielder from United Services Portsmouth whose original signing by the DoF had to be vetoed on grounds of his wages, but having a go myself (and throwing the bonus kitchen sink at him as usual) allowed be to get him for an acceptable wage.