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  1. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    Cheers Nobby.
  2. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    2017-18 Season April On paper, April was looks a good month. In truth, it was a nightmare. We just couldn't get anything going and we were seriously missing Ben Clark as my strikers failed to convert numerous chances in the two goalless draws against Holbrook and Kimberley. Against Arnold we somehow managed to convert those chances as we hammered them 5-0. They only had two shots all game to our fourteen and neither were on target. Gaughran, Spencer, Hopper(2) and Lavell White with the goals. That meant going into the final game of the season we had a two point lead over Radford who were away to Holbrook Sports whilst we had to travel to Borrowash Victoria. Knowing a point would see us clinch the title unless Radford won by six clear goals, we should have made it fairly simple. But no, we had other ideas. They went one up in a tight affair after 36 minutes before Hopper levelled five minutes later. With just thirteen remaining Radford went one up but as long as they didn't score another five goals we'd have been fine. I sensed something would happen and it did. Borrowash took the lead on 90 and that looked to have handed the title to Radford. Especially considering the officials only added on two minutes. I decided to go all out for it and in the 95th minute, youth product Gaughran slotted home an equaliser to send us back top. Stupidly close and to win it on goal difference after being 11 points clear isn't acceptable. Still a title is always a nice way to start. Once again we were hit by injuries which seriously depleted our squad as Ben White, Craig Meakin, Jevin Seaton, Josh Rae and Paul Freeman all picked up four week to three month injuries from the first two games. Mario Lopez picked up a nine day injury around the same time which left us with a struggling back four. Justin Jenkins left the club which meant Lance Russell came in as our new coach. I signed a new two year deal with a £25 payrise to take me to £350 per week. Just the one fixture left now in just under a month's time.
  3. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    Cheers DB. Was so frustrating. I think we might be a one man team haha. So definitely something I’ll need to sort out.
  4. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    2017-18 Season March If there's ever a time where you hate football, this is it. March basically was a write off as we failed to win a single game and only picked up one point. The one positive was qualifying for the East Midlands Counties League Cup Final. We started off the month with a trip to Birstall United where we lost 5-1. There isn't alot to say about this game apart from we didn't turn up. We allowed them to boss the game and it showed. Youth player Aaron Gaughran scoring his first senior goal in his first game after being called up due to a couple of injuries and form problems for our other strikers. I should be pleased for him, but I'm not. He missed three glorious chances and a couple of half chances. Against Holbrook Sports we were second best again. We levelled from the spot through John Smith about 15 minutes from time(other goal being an own goal). In extra time Aaron Gaughran and Sam Leggitt secured the win and our progression. Against Selston it was the same old story. Jack Millward scored a screamer in the second half whilst Smith scored our second in the 90th minute. But truth be told Selston were always comfy. Two more frustrating defeats followed as we lost 3-1 to Radford with Spencer getting our only goal in the 89th minute and against Dunkirk we lost 2-1 with Hopper getting our goal two minutes before half-time. Again, we didn't play well and can't complain about picking up no points. The final game of the month saw us play Teversal. Another game where we didn't play well but somehow we managed to pick up a point thanks to two goals from Lavell White. Including one that was scored with five minutes to go. We've lost our place at the top of the table and right now I'd be chucking money on Radford to win the title. Various players were offered contracts to leave the club but none did. We signed Ash Way who rejoins the club having been at Birstall for a few seasons. Actually signed him as I have heard of him and know of him. Plus he scored against me and I needed a left winger.
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    2017-18 Season Youth Intake This season's youth intake wasn't exactly great as currently there aren't any players who I feel could make a difference to the first team yet. All will be kept on incase they start to show some of their potential.
  6. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    2017-18 Season February February started off with us travelling to Belper to face Belper United. Goals from Ben Clark and Sam Leggitt secured us a 2-1 win. Next up was Holwell Sports. Whilst the 4-0 was great, it was the bigger picture that cost us as we lost Ben Clark who had also got a a hat-trick in this game. Seaton got the other in stoppage time second half and John Smith also missed a penalty. The final two games of the month saw us lose to bottom side Blaby & Whetstone Athletic and Radcliffe Olympic 2-0 and 3-1 respectively. Lavell White getting the only goal in those two games for us in the 94th minute at Radcliffe. Nine games to go and we sit eleven points clear. February was a horrible month for injuries as we lost Ben Clark to a broken leg which is extremely frustrating. Skipper Richard Dean was ruled out for three months. Lavell White, Rob McCormick, Theo Smith and Craig Meakin were ruled out for a few days to weeks too.
  7. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    2017-18 Season January There was no Christmas hangover as January was the perfect month on all fronts. We started off with the rescheduled cup match against Dunkirk. A 4-2 win saw us progress to the semis. Clark(3) and Spencer with the goals. Rob McCormick got the only goal in first half stoppage time against Barrow Town. Against Aylestone Park we didn't perform the best. Ben Clark got all four including three in three minutes as we won 4-3. Two 1-0 victories followed against Stapenhill and West Bridgford with Clark getting them both. Comfortably top by eleven points. Even if Holwell Sports win their game in hand. Clark, Seaton and Fearon were all offered contracts elsewhere but all remained with us.
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    2017-18 Season December Our unbeaten run continued into December we secured another three wins and two draws. The first game was a 2-0 win against Borrowash Victoria where Clark and Spencer got the goals. A goalless draw followed against Anstey Nomads before we hammered Gedling Miners Welfare 8-3. We found ourselves one up inside 40 seconds before going three up inside ten. At half-time it was 6-0 although it should have been seven as Clark missed a pen in the 35th minute. The the second half we didn't do too much and allowed Gedling Miners Welfare to score three goals. The goalscorers for this game were Spencer, Clark(5), McCormick and Lavell White. A 2-2 draw followed against Ashby Ivanhoe as an own goal and Clark goals gave us a point. We ended the month with a solid 4-2 win against Graham Street Prims as Clark got another brace which was followed by goals from Spencer and Lavell White. Finally gone top. Whether we can remain there is another thing. There were some more changes in December as Francis Green departed. Tim Hopkinson remained and then left after moaning about his lack of first team football. Mario Lopez and Cameron Fearon both remained at the club whilst Lee Potts departed for supposed lack of first team football. Back-up keeper McDonald also left which meant a youth team keeper in Chris Davenport stepped up. Naturally he got injured shortly after. I completed my national C Licence whilst we saw two new players join us in Josh Rae and Rob McCormick.
  9. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    There have been a lot set up over the past few years. No special teams. Just local sides.
  10. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    Isn’t from the catchment area so can’t. Yeah, they have a few but this is the main one.
  11. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    2017-18 Season November November was another good month as we went unbeaten. We started off with a trip to Teversal where we played shocking. Two late goals from Clark and Spencer saved us from defeat. Next up was a short trip to Dunkirk where Paul Freeman put us one up after five minutes with a headed goal from a corner. That's how it remained as we secured three valuable points. Against Holbrook Sports it looked like it was heading for a draw until Lavell White scored in stoppage time to give us the three points. That was Lavell's second whilst Clark got the other. Against Kimberley Miners Welfare it was once again the Ben Clark show as we failed to turn up again. Clark getting a brace including another stoppage time goal. The final game of the month saw us travel to Arnold to face Arnold Town. Another Ben Clark brace and Hopper goal gave us a 3-2 victory. Still second but it's still really tight. I released a number of players to try and sign a striker from Holwell Sports. Unfortunately that backfired as I still can't afford him. Haughton, Harvey, Kelly, Ryan Pick and Shannon-Lewis were all released. Friar and Potts both picked up small injuries.
  12. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    Yeah, something is going to have to give.
  13. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    2017-18 Season October Just the four games this month as we picked up seven points from a possible twelve. A comfortable win against Selston saw us run out 5-1 winners as Potts, Seaton and Hopkinson got the goals. Next up was Birstall United as we picked up a point through a brace from Hopkinson. The game against Arnold Town was another comfortable win as Shannon-Lewis scored two. We ended up losing our first game in the league since the opening day of the season as we lost 2-1 against Radford. We just didn't turn up and our goal came with six minutes to go through Sam Leggitt. The loss to Radford drops us back down to fourth. We're still doing well though and just need to maintain our current form. Romaine Graham has left the club. He started moaning about his lack of first team football so I said he may as well leave and he did. The month of October was even more impressive considering we had to do without Ben White, Seaton and Lopez along with Clark and Smith for most of it.
  14. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    Cheers messi.
  15. [FM18] It'll Be All White On The Night

    2017-18 Season September We started off the month of September with a 3-3 draw against Stapenhill. Clark and Green put us two up after 23 minutes before they pulled one back on half hour. In the 61st minute they levelled before taking the lead on 88. Clark equalised in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure us a point. It seems draws were on the menu at the start of the month as we took on West Bridgford at Regatta Way. Seaton put us one up before they levelled 11 minutes before half-time. Our lead was restored five minutes later. They scored their second and third goals on 71 and 88 respectively to give them the lead late on. However, ten second after the restart we scored and levelled it again. The other two goalscorers were Seaton and Green. In the FA Vase First Qualifying Round we just didn't turn up. Ben Clark grabbing our goal from the spot in the 63rd minute. Two further wins followed as we beat Belper United and Holwell Sports. The goals coming from Seaton in the Belper match and then Spencer, Seaton, Lavell White and Green in the Holwell match. Against Radcliffe Olympic we were the better side. Unfortunately 41 year old Julian Joachim continues to be a pain in the neck when we play them as he scored early on. Shannon-Lewis levelled late on but we deserved a win. The match against Graham Street Prims was an even contest and neither side could moan about a point. Seaton put us infront after 17 minutes before they levelled midway through the second half. The final game of the month saw us travel to Blaby & Whetstone Athletic. Tim Hopkinson put us infront after 65 before they levelled seven minutes later. Just as I thought it was going to end in another draw, Spencer stood one up at the back post for Hopkinson to grab his second in stoppage time. Upto second in the league but it's very tight. We had a successful month but October could be tough as we've lost Ben Clark and Theo Smith to injuries.