Speaking after another heavy home defeat, Assistant Manager Jon Reed provided supporters with an update on the month of September.
“Firstly I need to remark on the sad passing of ‘Cookie’, whose funeral was on Thursday 26th September. I attended along with Spencer and many of the Directors, Backroom staff and Club volunteers. I was truly humbled in seeing a huge turnout for such a respected man, it was as they say ‘standing room only’. RIP Cookie.
Unfortunately he wouldn’t have been happy with our results this month and rightly in some quarters we have taken some stick. We won 3-0 in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round at Ashford United. We actually played some sensational football and should have scored a lot more. And to be honest that is where our form peaked!
We lost 2-0 away to Blackfield & Langley where we looked tentative in attack even though we had a lot of possession. We beat them in the return midweek Cup fixture with a much changed side, and in spells we played quite well. One of our new signings Daniel Fosu scored a brace, but twisted his ankle during the game and has been out since.
We then had the toughest draw possible in a home FA Cup tie versus Wealdstone. They fielded a strong side and smashed us 5-0. It showed some of our players that the next level up is a tough one of which some might think they should be there, but reality is a hard pill to swallow!
I then have to mention the embarrassing 0-7 defeat at home to Tiverton, a game we started brightly, but seemed to make individual errors which cost goals, Tiverton possibly had only 9/10 attempts on goal and proved clinical. The performance was unacceptable on the pitch, and as management the buck stops with us. I’ve read comments about us not shouting in the dugout and hands in our pockets. To get your points across you don’t have to be shouting and waving about like a clown. Sometimes simple instructions are needed. Sometimes, for all the shouting and coaching, players just don’t listen. At 4-0 at half time, the game is up and your trying to get out with as little damage as possible. We changed to a back 4, we still conceded 3 more. We do need to change the squad slightly, we are a very young side and need a few experienced players, but they also come at a cost. Our budget isn’t the biggest and some people would be surprised as to how low we actually sit in the shake up against other Clubs. We are a decent attacking side but at times the players lose focus when they haven’t got the ball, and this in turn makes us ‘open’.”
“We have added Ed Cook a defender, who was at Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Brad Keetch is a midfielder on loan from Maidenhead United. We also have one more coming in this week.
We have lost Kavan Cotter and Adeoye Olumuyiwa (end of loans).
Aaron Oakley is looking for a Club closer to his home.
Joe Felix has left after thinking he can play higher.
Tony Halsey left after talks broke down on a loan deal to a lower Club and he wanted to play more minutes.
John Oyenuga has still been suffering with the hairline fracture on his ankle, he may be back for Taunton.
Daniel Fosu is maybe another week away.
Perry has a swollen ankle, Seth has a hamstring strain, both hopefully will make the trip to Taunton and Floody is getting more minutes every week.
It’s a big month coming up where we need to improve the performance and start climbing the League once again, and try to repay the incredible fans that support us.”