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In this part, we talk about how things are going halfway through our first season in the Southern Premier League.
So, how would we fare in our first season in the highest league Christchurch FC had ever been in. Time would tell as with anything, but expectations were low. At the halfway point in the season how have we done so far?
Southern League Cup
Once again the Southern League Cup took a rotated team to what was playing in the league and the other domestic cups. Entering in the second round, we played Bromsgrove Sporting at home and won emphatically 6-0. Progressing onto the third round and Christchurch FC faced a tough St Neots Town who we beat in extra time 5-3. The fourth round came along and we were facing in-form lower league side Didcot, unfortunately we had to crash out at some point and it was to Didcot on penalties after a 4-4 draw. As mentioned in the previous post I wasn’t expecting much and didn’t really care about this trophy to be honest. I feel we should be concentrating on our league form.
A second season in the FA Trophy meant one thing. Try to better what we managed last season; a first round finish. We entered the competition in the second qualifying round where we faced Banbury at home a 2-2 draw meant a replay at Banbury. A 3-2 win meant we had equaled last season progress by getting to the first round. Basford stood in the way of beating last seasons progress in the FA Trophy unfortunately we couldn’t beat Basford as they romped to a 4-2 away win. Once again an other first round finish in the FA Trophy but i’m not too displeased at that. At the very least we are making the same progress as the season before. Let’s hope for more next season.
We couldn’t possibly have two disappointing FA Cup runs in consecutive season, could we? Yes, yes we could. Last season we made it to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, this season not even that. Knocked out by local rivals Wimborne 3-2 at home in the first qualifying round. A very disappointing FA Cup run. but like I’ve stated this season is about league form and staying in the Southern Premier League.
Southern Premier League
So, our first season in tier 7 of English football. How would we fare? At the halfway point its not looking too bad. It’s looking rather damn good actually. However, a shocking fact is that we have won and lost the same amount of games at 10 each. When looking at the scheduleits slightly worrying as it seems to be the case we either win comfortably or we lose narrowly. But a good first half of the season. Lets hope we can continue in this fashion and secure a top half finish.
Not too many changes mid season in the squad, only a few young youth players to cover injuries. In terms of form, we have a new player at the top of the form list – Terrel Egbri. The right midfielder has played some exceptional football so far and an average rating of 7.43 backs that up. Unfortunately, our super star George McGee isn’t performing that well. It seems we have found his level. He’s only scored 3 in 22 appearances but has a massive 15 assists. Although, he isn’t scoring he is assisting others. One player on poor form is new signing Emmanuel Ighorae. 21 games played and only 6 goals says it all. He could well be found in the released section next season.
Zac Hughes, a young central midfielder joined from Binfield and had previously been an academy graduate from Crystal Palace. Hughes has been bought in to replace Ray Parsons as he has not been the same after his long term injury. Hughes excites me with the amount of flair he has. However, his physical attributes are a concern.
Charlie Chechiacz, a 20 year old attacking midfielder who joins on loan from Nuneaton Town. The midfielder all rounder has been bought to the club due to a concern with injuries I had. Chechiacz is a good cover player, but I am just using him as that. I don’t expect him to play much.
Caden Genovesi, a 21 year old left sided fullback who joins Christchurch FC from Swindon SuperMarine. The defender has the ability to perform at this level, lets hope he can provide good competition for our current left sided fullback. Genovesi will compete with our main left fullback for a place in the team.
Dan Humphrey, a young central defender who has joined from Aylesbury. Humphrey has joined the club to provide injury cover for our main central defenders. As a young player Humphrey cannot expect to play much, but if our main defenders get injured he’ll be one of the first to replace them.
Ciaron Burke, a young goalkeeper who has joined from Dartford. Burke can expect to play in some unimportant matches or if first choice goalkeeper Josh Tibbetts leaves for a bigger club. I like Burke, his technical attributes are probably his best quality.
Josh Eccles, a 20 year old right sided fullback who joins from Coventry City. Eccles much like the cake is a tasty prospect. However, he has crumbled to a devastating injury which has put him out of action for more than 5 months. A broken ankle in his third game for us. I am gutted. I wouldn’t expect to see his name next season due to the nature of the injury.
A Final Word…
The next time I load up the “Local to Legend” football manager save. I’ll be playing through the second half of the season, which will begin with an away fixture to Slough. I am hoping to continue our good form in the league now that we are out of all the cup competitions. I am expecting to finish in and around the bottom of half of the league. Anywhere above relegation is a bonus this season to be honest.
In part #12, I will be reviewing our first season in tier 7 of English football. Stay tuned for that one.
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