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Hello, Guys, it’s me BadjokesFM back at you once again with blog #4 of Back to the Boleyn, my East Ham FC create-a-club series. Today we’re going to be getting into a few games, as we look into how we got on in the second half of August. Could we keep our decent form going from the previous blog, where we played our first three competitive games as a club? If you haven’t read that yet go and check it out Here
Three more Signings
Following the victory over Havant and Waterlooville that I talked about in the previous blog, I was still looking for a few more players to join the club to help out our squad in case of injuries or suspensions and over the course of the fourteenth and fifteenth of August, we completed our business for the summer when we brought in Tyler Reading, a twenty-year-old goalkeeper with one and a half star current and four-star potential ability, to challenge Seabright for his number one jersey. We also brought in Jordan Snodin and Ellis Lentell. Snodin is a twenty-four-year-old who can play anywhere on the left with two and a half star current ability and three and a half star potential ability. Whilst Lentell is a twenty-one-year-old left-sided attacking midfielder, who I will be training as a conventional left winger, with one and a half star current ability and three and a half star potential ability. These have all been brought in as back up, so don’t expect to see too much of them over the season but I feel they could add something to the squad if they get the chance to get into the team.
Second Half of August
Vanarama National League South
Attendance:1,355 (749 Away)
So after a successful first three games in a week, I made a few changes to try and keep the team fresh, as in came Sweeney, Higgins and Wiltshire into the midfield and Pingling replaced Taylor Cross-Dale up front. The less said about this game the better really, as even though there were fifteen shots in total in the game none ever looked like troubling either keeper, as a very Physical match ending with seven yellow cards, four for us and three for Bath ended up in a drab nil-nil.
The Boleyn Ground
Vanarama National League South
Attendance 4,303 (25 away)
We made another three changes for this game as Probert replaced Pooley in the middle of the defence, Dusabe switched with Higgins and upfront Winter partnered Calvin in what I think could become our first choice strike force. These changes certainly ensured the game was a lot more exciting and stressful than the game against Bath as our smallest crowd yet, saw us play out a five – five draw. The score at halftime was two apiece after Harry Williams had opened the scoring in the tenth minute for the visitors, only for Dusabe to level five minutes later. Darryl Siaw popped up with a bullet header in the fortieth minute to give us a two-one lead but then Ed Williams made the game level once again getting on the end of a scramble in the box and heading the ball in from not far off the line.
The first goal of the second half came in the fifty-ninth minute as Sweeney scored an absolute beauty of a free kick from the edge of the D of the penalty area. I was really hoping that was going to be the end of the goals but the game was nowhere near done, as Harry Williams got his second of the game in the sixty-fourth minute to level the game for the third time at three goals each but it stayed that way for only 50 seconds as Calvin muscled Avery off the ball to gift himself an easy chance in the box, with which he made no mistake to give us a four-three lead in the sixty-fifth minute. That man Calvin looked to have clinched us the game in the seventy-first minute when he got on the end of a long ball on the byline and thundered his shot past the Gloucester keeper.
In hindsight I really should have gone defensive but I was sure there couldn’t be any more goals in this crazy game but as with most things I was wrong and Butler Gave away a penalty in the eighty-first minute which Joe Parker converted easily to set up a nervy ending to the game, with the score now at five-four. It only remained so for seven minutes as after constant Gloucester pressure they got the equalizer when Harry Williams got his hat-trick with a header from five yards out to finally complete the scoring at a mad five-five.
Vs Eastbourne Borough
Vanarama National league South
Attendance:1,121 (744 Away)
We lined up with the same starting eleven as took the field against Gloucester. This game was all about two men, Tom Winter for us and Shaun Okojie for Eastbourne as both men got themselves two goals each. This game finished two-two, as our run of draws continued to three games. Tom Winter got his first of the game in the ninth minute when Wiltshire found him in the box in space. Winter finished the easy chance, Shaun Okojie hit back in the twenty-third minute, taking advantage of Seabright flapping at a cross and scoring from very close range. Not to be outdone however Winter gave us the lead, going into halftime in the forty-first minute, as once again another long ball found him in the area, having beaten the offside trap and Winter fired the ball into the back of the net, past the Eastbourne goalkeeper Smith. Okojie ensured the game finished level when his teammate McCallum nodded the ball down to Okojie with a clever header, to leave an easy chance which he made no mistake with.
That’s it for August then and it has been a very successful month for us. We’ve completed our squad building for the season, as barring any serious injuries I’ll be sticking with what I have now. We’ve played six games in total now and we’ve won two and drawn four, which for a brand new club with a whole new squad is pretty impressive and bodes well for the future. Thank you for reading this I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you have please give it a like and a re tweet would be beautiful to help more people see this. Please leave any comments you have down below if you have any advice on how to improve the blog, or if you want to see anything I’m not currently showing in the blog, then let me know on here, or on twitter send me a DM @BadjokesFM
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