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Swifty last won the day on September 19 2015

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  1. 'Big up' to Sammi Naabad in goal (our sixth different custodian and seventh player in goal this season following Bitz taking over after a red card). The lad made his first team debut, had no chance with either goal, and played as if he'd already got first team football under his belt.
  2. Hi there. Unfortunately, there has been unrest behind the scenes following my report on Saturday's game against Bracknell Town. Even more unfortunate, the main area of disquiet has snowballed after what I feel has been a misreading of a comment (these things happen when you read an email and don't see the commenter speak in person) which was meant to signify dismay at the adverse scoreline on a commemorative day but has been interpreted as general disrespect within the club. I can assure you this was never meant to be the case with my remark. There are worse things to worry about in life (and afterwards, sadly) so if anyone wants to write critiques of games on the forum from now on, I might just chip in. I feel it's time and best all round if I pack the practice up.
  3. Fair comments there, manurgrate. For the record, I understand the final comment of the first post has been taken as a dig at how the players, management etc. have somehow disrespected Dave in general. Far from it and never meant to be read in that capacity, though I can see why some read it that way. Two things that need clarifying (and I'd forgotten the latter to be honest) is that, when we were first in the Combined Counties League from 1990 to 2000, the team more or less picked itself week after week and had very few transitional rebuilds and, more importantly, the League was two levels below its current level and thus three divisions below where we are now. How many at the club can actually remember that the Isthmian League had FOUR separate tiers back in those days? Personally, I don’t doubt the efforts put in by folk on the pitch and in the dugout, boardroom and elsewhere. It’s a far cry from the cossetted world of the current English professional game. It’s fair to say, though, it was one of those days and we didn’t really anticipate that final score prior to kick off. Something to use as ‘right, we’ll show them’ ammo for the next game. Talking of which, I’ve not been put off and I’ll be ready to suffer (tee hee)… er, cheer the lads on at Molesey, transport permitting, and hopefully see us start a good long Trophy run on Saturday.
  4. I think a bit more credit should go to Bracknell Town, who were clinical and well organised - you could see why they've started this season the way they have.
  5. Sometimes you can sugar coat the pill, but not today. One of our supporters from our first spell in the Combined Counties in the 90's came up from Bournemouth to pay his respects to Dave Baker, and Eric gave permission for me to say he thought we were rubbish and he couldn't remember us playing that badly in our early senior days. We missed good chances to take the lead and then equalise and paid dearly. In the 9th minute, Bitz was put through but didn't shoot first time and his eventual shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line by a tracking defender. Two minutes later Joe Grant hit a low curler from the edge of the box into the far corner past an unsighted Brannon Daly, our fourth keeper of the campaign already - Tyler broke a hand in last Saturday's game and will miss up to eight weeks. Bracknell were probably a bit unlucky to go in just 1-0 up. We started the second half brightly and, in the 48th minute, the ball reached Nebay at the back of the box and, with half an empty goal, his snapshot missed the target. Two minutes later, a long kick from Robins keeper Scott Hack found sub Gavin James who went though like a knife through butter for 2-0. That was the first of four goals in 20 minutes as we allowed Grant to score a hat-trick and then Liam Ferdinand to get the fifth. The goals were well taken but we made it easy for them. I dread to think what poor Dave Baker's reaction would have been.
  6. Bitz came back after apparently playing one game for CB Hounslow United. Not complaining!
  7. Deja vu all over again today. For the second successive home league game we went in goalless at half time, conceded the opener, got a leveller and would probably be happy with a draw. Cheshunt had considerably more efforts on goal, many high and wide, a couple well saved by Tyler, and a cheeky first half lob which bounced on the rock hard pitch onto the underside of the bar and out. Their 59th minute opener came from a low diagonal right wing cross flicked into the far corner by Oluwole Akinsanya. Two minutes beforehand, Ashford's first real fruitful attack of the game saw Bitz go close followed by a goalmouth scramble which failed to ripple the net but, in the 69th, an unselfish pass by James let Bitz through for a low hard effort from 15 yards out for 1-1. A bit of a non-event, really, and we didn't seem to gel fully, but the match was played in good spirit by both teams. We seemed to improve when Nebay came on, and our rearguard action was spearheaded by another fine Weighty performance. Best part of the day was the Ashford Town double steak burger. Bang go my intended dinner plans!
  8. Defeat for Ashford, and a deserved win for Hayes & Yeading, but nothing to cry over. This was probably seen as a good opportunity to give the fringe players some game time and rest some big guns for the more lucrative FA Cup tie on Sunday. That said, United looked very lively and eager and, if this was mostly their first eleven and / or they keep up this level over the season (and work a bit more on shooting practice), they'll be up there at the end. At times the game was played at a minor contact, almost exhibition standard, yet we started very well and United keeper James Shaw made a couple of really good saves early on. United took a 10th minute lead when Hassan Jalloh was given enough space to slot a low shot past debutant keeper Sam Mason, covering for the suspended Tyler and injured Liam Allen and, for much of the rest of the half, United were in the ascendancy and limited us to few chances. Steve Loveridge kept the score at 0-1 with an excellent goalline clearance close to half time. United kept pressing after the break and maybe should have scored three or four, but the majority of their shots went horribly wide or high. We got back in it and pressed hard for the last 20 minutes, showed good commitment and might have equalised but it wasn't enough in the end. Kofi looked strong and hard to knock off the ball, Dan made some very useful saves, and I thought Steve had a fine game. No-one had a bad match, maybe one or two lads might reflect and think they might have got into the game a tad more, but this was a useful exercise to give everyone a chance and see their early potential.
  9. You're too kind, Kev. I was probably too busy nattering to spot one booking! Just a thought - Tom as one wing-back, Samad as the other... that would scare the brown stuff out of many a team!
  10. Four points to make having read the website match report.... 1) Sorry, I didn't realise Hertford had two players booked - I only thought it was one 2) There was next to no backchat or whinging in the game which was refreshing (probably due to the new strict edicts on dissent), and the match was played in good spirit 3) The ref was unfussy, handled the bookings correctly and didn't get too much wrong 4) I didn't know we had a scoreboard! Can we have one placed on top of the goal end 'Dave Baker Stand' for wayward shots to aim at?
  11. Opening night (okay, afternoon) for our new look team, and a good performance which merited a draw. Hertford Town combined skill with a bit of old school feistiness and somehow got away with two fewer bookings than us but, in a tight game at first, they looked the more likely to score and did so with an unstoppable 20 yard top corner volley from Charlie Ruff in the 56th minute. Up to then we'd shown no lack of tenacity or commitment but needed that little bit more 'oomph' up front which we got with the introduction of the returning Kofi Lockhart-Adams, who made the difference. He latched onto a neat James Cottee pass and hit a low fizzing diagonal cross which was parried into the path of Bradley Wilson who gobbled up the chance in the 71st minute. After that it was end to end and either side could have won but it would have been hard on the other team. The subtle blend of the retained lads and the new recruits did well. Glad to see Weighty stay for another season and he put in a typical Weighty performance. Everyone had at least an okay to good game, most of the new lads had at least a good game, and I was particularly impressed with the waspish Wilson and the marauding Tom Dilloway. Talking of wasps, if anyone knows how to get rid of that pesky nest of varmits near the clubhouse, the club would be very grateful! Thanks to Guru Ben for writing a large amount of info on our new squad which he gave me personally before the game. Very much appreciated. A good start, lads - onwards and upwards!
  12. We also lost Mark Bitmead to CB Hounslow United a few weeks back.
  13. I do appreciate we have a small squad who are punching above their weight collectively compared to some of the teams with more money and bigger squads and, having chatted to a couple of players at an excellent clubhouse gig last night, it appears the state of the pitch has recently become a hindrance to our style of play. It's just a shame the last two home games were on the flat side, and I was seriously more impressed by Thame United on Tuesday.
  14. Oh dear. Sadly, an abject and almost shot-free performance to end our home campaign this season. With James and Conor missing through illness, we lacked a cutting edge up front. Though Russ and Mitch in particular challenged for everything (Mitch attacking every ball with gusto), the game was dreadful and had 0-0 written all over it until Tyler fumbled a direct free kick from just outside the box and Paul Hodges reacted way before anyone else and scored the rebound in the 76th minute. Hartley Wintney were horrible, one of the worst visiting sides this season on that showing. Moaning throughout and running the game for the awful ref, who didn't even speak to, let alone card, an away player for a retaliatory headbutt. What with the Marlow fiasco as well, looking forward to leaving the Southern League behind next season. Glad to meet up with Beano and his entourage before the game. I hope they enjoyed the beer at least!
  15. Ashford further inconvenienced by an incredible ruling making us go back there on Thursday night (remind me again - which team went on strike and failed to turn up originally?), in between two gruelling away trips for our small squad to Moneyfields (remember, we should have played there on Easter Monday but their notoriously poorly draining pitch was waterlogged so we have to fit the game in now) then away to possible champions AFC Rushden and Diamonds on the Saturday. No problem, then. Three away games, two far from local, in less than four days to complete the season by its 'must finish' date to satisfy the playoff dates and the 'suits'. Hardly the way to finish this Southern League season. Hopefully we'll be in the Isthmian next season, so good riddance.
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