Technically they haven't, they have been here over two years but have yet to have a full season in charge as the two previous seasons were both curtailed!Old Git wrote: ↑Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:30 pmThis is the third season they have had to produce a team capable of mounting a playoff challenge and we seem as far away as ever from a sustained challenge at the top end of the league. Of course the last two seasons have been disrupted but nevertheless it is disappointing.
However, although I can't comment too much on last season (if you can even call it a "season") it would seem we have gone backwards if I recall rightly when the league was brought to a halt in 2019/20 we weren't far shy of the top 7 but last season we were apparently in a poor position which was masked somewhat by our runs in the FA Cup and FA Trophy although we had only played around 11 games.
Although we had a disrupted pre-season and we lost our first couple of games this season due to Covid which may account for the dodgy start we had, we can no longer point to that as an excuse. Alarm bells were ringing for me after the BPA game and although we seemed to have turned the corner at the end of September/beginning of October after the Kettering game we seem to have fallen back into that exact same pattern of giving stupid goals away and giving teams a head start.
Listening to Alun at times is like groundhog day the referee this, should have scored that and so on it's simply not good enough we've seen glimpses of what this team can do but for whatever reason we have a self destruct button that we can't seem to shut off. When you look at our upcoming fixtures can you honestly say you're confident of getting anything out of any of them? Even the prospect of facing an out form Spennymoor on Boxing Day and New Years Day looks far from attractive.
The fact we've scored the same amount of goals as the league leaders this season but yet have conceded the same number of goals as the side who are currently bottom is as infuriating as it is embarrassing and it gives you some measure of the amount of points our ineptitude at the back has cost us already this season. Although I don't believe we are yet a top 7 side the fact we seem tantalizingly close but at the same time nowhere near is massively frustrating, I feel as though the FA Trophy could be important for us this season if anything to keep the season alive I'd be more than happy to get a draw down there on Saturday and bring it back to BM for a replay.