Speaking after last Saturday’s home defeat, Assistant Manager Jon Reed discussed the opening month of the Season.
In his review of August for the supporters, Reed said: “I thought I’d give you a quick update on the squad, results and my thoughts for the month of August.
After a transitional and difficult Pre-Season, in which we had lost a number of last Season’s regulars and question marks over a number of lads trialling with pro Clubs, we were pleased to get to the start of the season with a ‘competitive’ squad.
Ade Olumuyiwa has joined us on loan from Weymouth and brings some much needed experience to our back-line.
18-year-old Bryan Akongo joined us from Step 5. He has shown some qualities that hopefully we can improve during the season and will be an important member of our squad.
Kavan Cotter has joined on loan from Wealdstone. Another young lad who has promise, just needs game time, but has shown some quality already.
We have kept Reggie (for the time being), along with him and John Oyenuga being pivotal in how we want to play. We have suffered a few injuries already with our big Summer signing Chris Flood tearing his Achilles. He is now on the road to recovery and started jogging before the Truro game. Hopefully he is only a few weeks away.
John Oyenuga has a hairline fracture in his ankle, picked up against Beaconsfield, but should be back for the FA Cup game.
In August we have won three and lost three. My end of month target was to be seventh or in touch with the League leaders. We’re sitting twelfth and four points off top in what seems a very competitive and congested League already, with a number of teams capable of beating each other.
We have lost to both Poole Town and Truro City who are both strong favourites to win the League and the fans shouldn’t be disgruntled in that. We were poor all round versus Hayes & Yeading and deserved to lose.
Our three wins versus Walton, Beaconsfield and Merthyr were all different.
Walton could’ve ended 4-4, we missed two sitters.
Beaconsfield we controlled for large periods then shut up shop.
Merthyr was a tight hard-fought 1-0 win.
We have worked really hard on the training pitch in the way we want to play attractive football. We have shown signs that is working. Sometimes our final, pass, cross or decision is falling below the standards we are after. We need to consistently work on our ‘off ball’ shape as we have a young squad and need to ensure we are as compact and organised as possible.
Our stats from the GPS pods are showing positive figures, especially when we win our distance covered is high and sprint distances are good numbers.
Ben Murray has joined the management staff as First Team Coach and will assist me in the coaching. Ben has good experience and has slotted in really well to the set up and adds a different voice and dynamic to our group and I look forward to working with him this season.
I’m pleased to see a large turnout of fans for the home games and our support at away games seems to have grown over the last six months. Our Funbus of fans at away games are much appreciated by all the players and we will always do our very best to reward you all!
We need to get more fans through the door to get the place rocking and I hope our attacking brand of football will keep them coming. Stay patient with us as we are a young group and we are improving all the time and I believe (with a little bit of luck) we can challenge for top places. We will work within the budget and try to use the loan market in a way that will make us a stronger side.
The FA Cup tie away to Ashford United at the start of September gives us a chance to win some prize money for the coffers and let’s hope we can put a run together! Stick with us and keep it Boro.”