Firstly the negatives:
Westy playing on the left doesn't look like it's gonna work. If it's something we were intending to do, we should've done it for the pre-season games and not just against Chelmsford where it didn't work either. Halle looked quite comfortable playing left-back during pre-season and we've seen that he can use his left foot too.
Jonathan Edwards not even making the bench - Hope there was a good reason for this. I know he's not going to change the game, but like Patten and Jay Curran it would've been a viable option when looking to change formation.
Compared to Horsham we looked pedestrian, had no width, were to slow in everything we did and lacking the killer instinct when commiting to tackles, second balls and direct passing. I put this down to nerves and expectation. Ricky, Mustafa and Halle gifted Horsham their goals. It was very, very unfortunate but now the first game is out of their systems and they will have time to reflect, look back at the tape and see where they need to improve and concentrate more.
We scored two goals! Both goals were a peach and both came from good attacking pieces of play.
There are signs of the team gelling already. It's not going to happen overnight, but hopefully it'll be relatively quickly and those negatives will come good.
Most players have stepped up well from Ryman 1 North football. Thought Leon deserved his MotM award today, and mention to Dobbo for his tough work-rate in Midfield. The players we've brought in are good individual players and as above will gel given matches. I think maybe bar one or two players playing out of position, it was our strongest line-up today and we'll see that settled side playing together for the majority of the season.
With the jitters of the first match out of the way now, roll on Maidstone and the Management and players proving that they've learnt from today and know where to put things right next time.
PS. Just seen the new team photo, who is the player next to Danny Curran?