It has been a whole month of football on the weekends, and the managers have been interviewed on the progress of all teams in September in their respective leagues.
With the Pre-season wrapped up and under our belts; it was excellent to see both 1st and Reserves players become shipshape with intent to prove something this season. With a number of friendly matches against worthy opponents such as Maori Park, Molesey Villa, AC Malden and Westminster Causals prior to our first league game gave us the perfect opportunity to fine tune any problems which occurred and experimentation to achieve a sense of balance and harmony within the team. Before playing away to Repton to get our first taste of the Division One league, the objectives were clearly highlighted with the priority to achieve maximum points from the first 4 league matches.
With an explosive start with victories over Repton 5 – 0 and Thornton Heath 8 – 1 respectively, the objectives outlined at the start of the season were already half fulfilled. 5 goals in the first half against Repton showed we had character and depth in the team. Clearly driven to get ball up and play good football was soon diminished when numerous opportunities were not converted to increase the lead in the 2nd half. We took this as a valuable lesson; the ratio of conversion had to be improved. All in all, it was a pleasure to watch good football. Bringing the confidence of our win from the previous match got the 2nd game league game, Thornton Heath, underway. A lacklustre performance compared to that at Repton, though there was consistency in defending and attacking on our behalf in the first half which resulted in being 2-0 up at half time. Having conceded a careless goal into the 2nd half resulted as our catalyst with a bombardment of 6 goals to finish them off.
Despite not having a full strength squad to choose from against an impressive Claygate Royals, who had been promoted from Division 4 to Division 1, we found that they were a decent match for us. We never underestimated them but respected them in such a manner as we always do to all opponents. They were tactically strong no doubt and having conceded a quick goal from their set piece, we managed to find the net before the interval to even things up. Having played some lovely football which favoured us at a point to get the lead was soon given away by another set piece of theirs. With the score line even again, we mounted up our attack but the step up proved futile as we found we were up against a resilient back 4. Full credit to them for giving us a hard game. We shall look forward to the away game with them – they are worthy opponents.
Spartak Molesey, away, we bounced back in stylish manner from giving away 2 points in the previous match to scoring ten goals to nil which pleased team members knowing another record was broken in Fulham DFCâ€™s history by achieving a double figure score in a competitive league game. At the end of day, we were just 2 points shy from fulfilling our objective of attaining 12 points. Iâ€™m proud of my boys.
Having attained 10 from a maximum of 12 points, which is just ever so slightly disappointing means for October month, it will be imperative to have consistency in the availability of a decent strength squad, if not, full squad to choose from. Maintaining momentum will be vital in the coming months if we are to apply pressure on other title contenders.
With the Reserves, they have proved to me that they’re consistently coming in training, to improve themselves and to play some decent football. With the first league game of the season against Red Star, the team did make me proud of them, as we drew with them 2-2, which was a good start to the league as it put a point on the board. We will look forward to the game with Red Star away next time!
Against Hersham R.B.L, we started well, by screwing the pressure on them. Scoring an immediate goal which was a boost for us, after going down 1-0 to a soft goal. However the seams came apart and this is something that we will be working on in training, and I’m absolutely sure that the lads will prove me right in the season ahead of us.
With the cup game against MMB, the Reserves were in high spirits, we went into this game hoping to win the 1st round, sadly after 88 minutes this was not to be as MMB scored two quick goals just before the end of the game. We had proven to have a firm back 4, and the midfield were operating the game. Unfortunately Neil Fox broke his leg in two places during this match. Which is a big blow for us. We hope that Neil will come back soon enough. Get well soon Neil.
To come shortly in a seperate news post.
With the Fantasy Football, we have a private league which consists of FDFC members only, and we’re pleased to announce that the winner of September’s Fantasy Guv’nor is Ben Stubbs. Well done to Ben!
Top 5 of FDFC League in September
|1||Stubbzie’s All Stars||Ben Stubbs||235|
|2||Black&White Army||Christopher Kenward||223|
|3||Football coming home||Neil Fox||212|
|5||Knighton’s Warriors||Benjamin Knighton||204|