Assistant Manager Jon Reed provides his thoughts on the past month, heading into the Festive period.
“November has proved to be a good month for us in respects of results, as we have only lost once to Chesham United.
We have drawn two games of which with a better attacking display we could have won both. The home game with Salisbury was a tale of two young sides that were both struggling to score goals and for large parts wasn’t a great spectacle. We did have a goal disallowed from a corner toward the end of the game.
We then played Hendon in midweek and battered them 4-0, again our finishing wasn’t up to the mark and should have won by more. The goals we did score were good quality and a couple were excellent team goals.
The 2-0 loss to Chesham was disappointing as we created four great chances in the first half and didn’t take any and conceded right on half time. We didn’t get going second half, and Chesham out-muscled us, and out-played us and rightly won 2-0.
We then played Harrow and we were outstanding for the first half but could only score once, as a result of not being clinical we then lost our way and conceded towards the end of the game and drew 1-1.
We finished the month with two wins away at Met Police and home to Dorchester. Met Police was a tight affair, with both teams going down to 10 men. We didn’t manage the game very well went they lost a man and showed a bit of inexperience in playing with an extra man. We managed to nick it 2-1, both goals resulting in poor keeping from their keeper.
We then won 3-1 versus Dorchester in another game we should have won by six. A very good 60 mins and our attacking pace and flair was working well, but we just didn’t finish them off. I was really annoyed with the way we conceded late on, this was a result of us not taking our chances. I made it very clear to the lads that goals change games, we need to be more ruthless and ensure we don’t lose control of games that we are actually winning.
Both myself and Ben [Murray] have been doing a lot of work on the training nights in focusing on our attacking elements while trying to make us more compact off the ball. We feel that we have looked a bit tighter defensively and that can be improved over the coming weeks.
Squad-wise we had to let go Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis and Mitchal Gough, the budget was over and we needed to balance the books. It was sad to see both of them go, as I would have liked to worked with these boys for longer. We have sent Perry out on loan to get some game time and we have also sent out Andrew Musungu to get some games after he has struggled with a few knocks.
Both John and Bricey return this Saturday from suspension for the trip to Weston-super-Mare. I won’t be at the game this weekend as have a personal commitment.
I would like to thank all of our fans whether home or away followers for your unwavered support.
I along with the rest of the playing and management staff would like to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and look forward to seeing you all over the next month.
We as a team will be visiting the children’s ward at the local Hospital this month and taking them some presents of which the players have all bought.”