As you are well aware, it’s Fleet for a Fiver today and although the Club will always try to be creative to raise the size of the crowds we were very grateful at the level of support that was here for last weekend’s FA Trophy tie against Bromley. We had the second largest crowd of the day only beaten by Maidstone United who have the highest average attendance outside of the Skrill Premier League.
The game itself was very pleasing and the result was even better. Bromley are riding high at the moment and boast the League’s top scorer. They are also the League’s top scorers and they have a game in hand that if they win will see them go back to the top of the table so it was a great credit to the players to win by such a large margin.
It’s the first time at Stonebridge Road this season that our opposition have had more shots on target than us and Preston made three good saves on the day.
Watching the game back the majority of Bromley’s shots were from distance so tactically we have at least narrowed the percentage chances of them scoring. Bradley Goldberg was obviously the main threat as he had the majority of those shots and it’s easy to see why he’s the top scorer in our league as he does tend to shoot whenever he can. The goal they did score was the best by a May on the day but thankfully for us Ben did score and quite rightly tried to claim the first, as he definitely had the final touch!
We scored four good goals on the day, the second for me being the pick of the bunch with some very good build up play down our right hand side. It started with Aiden Palmer winning the ball back on the half way line and he continued his run forward towards the near post where he scored from a brilliant delivery after some excellent build up play by Alex Osborn and Chris Sessegnon.
Tuesday saw us make a short trip down to Tunbridge Wells for a place in the semi finals of the Kent Senior Cup. We started slowly and it took about 20 minutes for us to keep possession of the ball which in turn allowed our passing game to get us a strong foothold in the game. Tunbridge defended well as a team and we created a few opportunities but it wasn’t until the 43rd minute that we finally broke the deadlock, Aiden Palmer ghosting in at the far post unmarked to score from an Alex Osborn cross.
I thought we dominated the second half and with goals from Alex and Billy Bricknell we extended the lead to 3-0. We continued to create chances but the only other addition to the scoring was a late consolation for Tunbridge and the game finished 3-1. I was delighted with the overall performance on a difficult playing surface. The objective was to win the tie and not pick up any injuries and thankfully we managed to do both.
Today sees us take on an in-form Basingstoke team that are sitting quite nicely in the play-off places with a string of good results. Our encounter earlier on in the season was an enjoyable game to watch with both sides trying to play football in the right way. I felt on the day that although thankful for the late equaliser we created enough good chances to score more goals and were unlucky not to come away with all three points. We will have to be at our best again today to get the desired result.
On Wednesday, we held preliminary talks with the various organisations that will help structure our youth system. The talks were very encouraging and although a lot needs to be done to get it set up, we are all very excited at the prospect of having a new youth system that’s run and controlled by the Football Club.
In the very near future we will be advertising for players to have trials and the rebuilding process will begin. At the start of the 2013-2014 season the plan is to have a youth system and possibly a reserve squad which will help to develop our existing younger players and the youth players that join the Club.