October 2022 Update
It's Cup season again so a chance for some young 'uns to make a name for themselves etc...
It wasn't really a time for young uns as George Purcell is still proving to be a legend. Anyways we started with a clinical dissection of Lewes with Ellis getting his first goal of the season along with Solomon. We then had a ding-dong battle away at Kingstonian where I was happy to claim a point and then did the same against Folkestone but this time the irrepressible George slammed in a late winner. 7 outta 9 in the league was great and now it was time for cup duty. Grantham are steady at level 7 so were never going to be push overs and the game looked for all the world like it was going to head into extra time but an injured Giddens was the best player so I was never gonna take him off and was rewarded with a last minute winner. We then went to Rookery Hill to take on East Thurrock with a Second XI side and were 2-0 down until Ellis came on at RW and nearly got us back into it; Tony got his first of the season. We then finished at home in the FA trophy which saw Daniel get his first goal of the season. We conceded early and were shocking for the first 30 minutes but got steadily better and when George Purcell did what he does: coming on for the second-half of extra-time, winning a free-kick that got the opposition player sent-off and then delivered the ball... Raed was there to head it home and us into the next round. Another rollercoaster of a month.
The seven points see us in a nice upper/mid position so far. The team is playing pretty well although Alex Osborn's poor performances have seen him dropped so Solomon has a real chance of making that role his own again.
Thought the previous two months were manic? Hooo boy we're in for it now with Leatherhead and Enfield the stand-out difficult fixtures in a seven game month. We've also got a tricky but winnable cup tie against a resurgent Tonbridge and an absolute bastard of an away game at National League Barrow in the Trophy. We'll know a lot more about some of these boys by the time we open that first door on the 2022 advent calendar.