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  1. As we entered the final month of 2022, we found ourselves in a very strong position at the top of League Two. Of course nothing is settled yet, but this is possibly the strongest position we have been at this stage of the season at any time during my reign here. It's important then not to blow such an advantage, but before we returned to league action we had a date with destiny in another competition, the 2nd round of the FA Cup. Blue Square Premier promotion chasing side Halifax Town would be the ones standing in our way of another crack at a possible prestigious 3rd round tie. Given how well we have been playing this season, we should have no real fears and yet this is the FA Cup and the fact is our record in this competition is nothing to write home about. We would just have to change all that, and with home advantage and a near sell out crowd, it took less than sixty seconds for Ronquillo to send us in front. Loanee Quinton Carter had gotten a rare start today and showed that he isn't a bad player to come in when needed, as he doubled our lead just eight minutes later. We were coasting now as a shell-shocked Halifax looked powerless to resist and when Chris Barney added a 3rd on 22 minutes, even with our recent cup performances we could start to feel the match was safely in our hands. Just to make sure though, Barney added a fourth in stoppage time and then with fourteen minutes left to play of a very subdued second half, Barney bagged his hattrick from the penalty spot and that third round place was ours in some style. Once more we went into the draw for the FA Cup 3rd round hoping perhaps to draw one of the giants yet also in the knowledge that we have never played a side playing in the Premiership. As we waited with baited breath, that record would not change. The draw would send us away from home, to a place we have been before on FA Cup duty, that being the side who knocked us out in the last sixteen in our epic cup run of 2013, Southampton. Perhaps this was a chance for revenge, but we would certainly have to produce the performance of our lives to progress. Back it was though to the league, as we looked to keep our unbeaten run going and end the year at the top of the table. Our form at the moment is good, with confidence through the roof and so it was no surprise when wins over Shrewsbury, neighbours Bromley, Hednesford and struggling relegated side Barnsley saw us stretch our unbeaten league run to seventeen, twenty two matches in all competitions. On a run also of twelve successive wins in all competitions, it seems these things can never last forever as Gillingham came to Farnborough and left with a one all draw. It was perhaps not our best performance of the season, but it wasn't our worst either. As snow caused our home match with Burton Albion to be postponed, so the year would end on the very last day at home to Carlisle, the snow having been miraculously swept away. With the visitors sitting fourth and chasing the 3rd automatic promotion spot, so we might have expected another tough match but in the end they simply didn't pose us any problems as we ran out four nil winners. As we head into 2023, just past the halfway stage of the league season, so we find ourselves some twelve points clear of 2nd placed Cheltenham with a game in hand. It can still be blown yet so we cannot count any chickens, but also being nineteen points clear of 4th placed Carlisle, it would be an utter disaster if we did not find ourselves playing League One football next season.
  2. Why is it always someone else's fault with drug cheats? The old 'my drink was spiked' line just doesn't wash anymore. Tbh, they should just do away with drugs testing and let them fill their bodies with whatever **** they want, it can't be healthy long term.
  3. Good idea Gav. We could probably have the UCMS links in there, tbh I had forgotten about them - or rather didn't even know there were anyway that were live - so that people know why they are downloading that file, if indeed they actually ever do. For me atm anyway those links weegie posted aren't working though they were the other day.
  4. Might be worth putting that link somewhere more accessible, if the mods can find a place? Anyway, upgraded my Pc to an i5 3570k, the new parts arrived this morning and six hours later I finally had it up and running after having to switch power boxes and then run out and buy a ps2 mouse. Always something.... so hopefully I'll be back with my stories in the near future.
  5. Check your PM's I loaded it up, amazingly cm 0001 works fine for me in Win 7 even though I've seen others have probs. It goes pretty fast as well
  6. It's the correct and only possibly decision, I for one am very happy with it.
  7. I can't remember how big the save file would be, but it cant be that big by todays standards I would think. My dvd drive isn't hooked up as I'm working with a crappy mobo, but I'll hook it up later and check and sure I can upload it direct to your server if you like Wrexham were starting to do pretty well iirc I think I did play the game on and wrote about it here... makes me want to boot it back up again and have a look, nostalgia is always a good thing! Edit: Ok the end of club era save is 133MB and the international phase is 147MB but I can't get that one to load from the cd, I think its knackered. Still, the end of the club era save is really where its at so I can upload that for you once you let me know where to
  8. I do actually have a copy of this CD weegie, currently I'm in the process of upgrading my PC but once thats done, early next week I can certainly either make you a full copy of the cd or upload the save file somewhere. As one of the only two active surving members, you have my permission to upload it. But the condition is you have to do a story with my Wreham side
  9. Glad to hear it Copper, and yes interesting tack to take
  10. League Two - 1st December 2022 Pos Inf Team Pld Won Drn Lst For Ag G.D. Pts 1st Farnborough OBG 19 15 2 2 57 21 +36 47 2nd Cheltenham Town 21 13 3 5 48 26 +22 42 3rd Lincoln City 21 12 6 3 39 23 +16 42 4th Carlisle United 21 11 5 5 43 29 +14 38 5th Hednesford Town 21 11 4 6 45 28 +17 37 6th Milton Keynes Dons 21 10 5 6 35 28 +7 35 7th Truro City 19 9 6 4 30 18 +12 33 8th Barrow 20 9 6 5 33 28 +5 33 9th Leicester City 20 9 5 6 27 24 +3 32 10th Crawley Town 21 8 7 6 37 39 -2 31 11th Shrewsbury Town 20 8 5 7 31 32 -1 29 12th Kidderminster Harriers 21 6 9 6 35 36 -1 27 13th Aldershot Town 21 6 8 7 29 33 -4 26 14th Barnet 20 7 5 8 24 30 -6 26 15th Bromley 20 7 4 9 39 31 +8 25 16th Oldham Athletic 20 6 6 8 23 26 -3 24 17th Tranmere Rovers 21 6 6 9 29 34 -5 24 18th AFC Bournemouth 21 5 7 9 25 31 -6 22 19th Gillingham 20 5 6 9 26 39 -13 21 20th Altrincham 20 4 8 8 21 30 -9 20 21st Barnsley 21 5 4 12 21 35 -14 19 22nd Burton Albion 19 4 4 11 30 40 -10 16 23rd Cambridge United 21 4 4 13 18 37 -19 16 24th Ebbsfleet United 21 1 3 17 22 69 -47 6
  11. Having just lost away to the Milton Keynes Dons on league duty, October would start with a home match against them in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. They say you are only as good as your last match and that football is a funny old game. Well if any match went to prove the latter, this had to be it. The Dons, who having just beat us, must have turned up with barrow loads of confidence but were sent reeling as Gonzalez bagged a first half hattrick, Steven Lucas got a brace and Chris Barney just the one to send us up the tunnel at half time leading by no less than six goals to nil. Quite a sensational 45 minutes of football could not be repeated after the break and indeed the Dons managed to finally pull a goal back fifteen minutes from full time. There would be no pride saved today though for the visitors, as Lucas completed his own hattrick five minutes from the end and for the third time this season in a competitive match we had scored seven goals. It has been a long time since we put together any kind of unbeaten run of substance, but before we headed to Portsmouth at the start of November for the Quarter Final of the Johnstone's, we managed to win six successive league matches to open up a bit of a gap at the top and the run was only ended as we could manage nothing more than a two all draw at home to 2nd placed Lincoln. It is runs like these that win promotions and titles, but of course we had to keep it going. Cups can prove to be either distractions or a boost and although the Paint Trophy was hardly our top priority, given our recent cup record we would take any kind of success. Away in the quarters to Portsmouth and we proved that our recent good run was no fluke as we saw off the League One side by two goals to one and advanced to the Semi Finals of the southern section of this tournament for the first ever time. And no sooner had we progressed in one Cup competition than we now faced another as we went to struggling Blue Square Premier outfit Brentford, in the first round of the FA Cup. Given that we were top of League Two and our opponents bottom of the division below us, we had to think that surely, even in the FA Cup, this was a match we should be winning with ease. And indeed, it took just ten minutes for Chris Barney to poke us in front before Joe Lee doubled our lead four minutes later. We were in danger of running away with the tie, until the referee helped the home side out with a 20th minute penalty. Two one up at half time, we simply ripped the pish a bit in the second half as Joe Lee grabbed a first ever hattrick, Chris Barney again and then loanee Quinton Carter got on target as we racked up seven goals for the 4th time this season, the 7th being an own goal by Brentford's Iain O'Neill, before Neil Welsby rather stupidly picked up a second yellow in the dying minutes. Despite a mini injury and suspension crises, we managed to win our last three league matches in November to open up a five point gap at the top, with two matches in hand. Yet we were far from having things totally our own way, as a visit to Leicester City underlined. Two nil up against the side who had been relegated to the 4th level last season for the first ever time, Jeff James and Steven Lucas both proceeded to get themselves sent off, but in the end we held on for an excellent two one win. Those two would miss our final match of the month away to Bristol Rovers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, as would quite a few players through injury. Back though after a very lengthy lay off, was winger Ashley McDonald and that was good to see. McDonald, who would be ineligible for the league until January, did not get on the scoresheet but four other players did as we handed the side lying 2nd in League One a footballing lesson. Another Chris Barney hattrick was added to by Welsby, Acquah and Benali as we ran riot in the cup once more, running out six nil winners. In the area final, we will face up to Truro City, who seem to be hanging onto our coat-tails at every turn. We have not won a cup competition since the Isthmian League Cup triumph over Cambridge City in 2016. So who knows, perhaps this is our turn to finally get our hands on more silverware.
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