Published: 22-12-2018

Programme notes v East Thurrock United

Written by Neil Baker and Jon Underwood

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Managers Jon Underwood and Neil Baker


Either way we are working hard to try and bring someone in and finish the season off as well as we can and try and get close to the coveted play offs, however expectations also need to stay in check, as we are a side that is stepping up and on the whole have had a season to remember, we just need to keep trying to improve, which we will always strive to do.

Managers Jon Underwood and Neil Baker

Good afternoon and welcome to today’s game against East Thurrock, we would like to welcome John his team and people connected with the club to Arbour Park for the first time, and although we are not looking to give out any Christmas points, we wish them the best for the rest of the season, as John has to be one of the most well respected, and hardworking managers in this league.

Sadly our game against Hungerford was called off. This was almost expected given the heavy rain. Having had a weekend off, we used the time for a team bonding Christmas get together, these types of events are so important for team morale, and getting that extra 5-10% out of players, and something we have placed a lot of emphasis on in our 8 years together in management.

Having said that myself and Unders have been busy on the phones for the last 2 weeks, as having lost Matty Stevens, and then losing Chris Flood to injury for the next two league games, it highlighted how vulnerable you can be only having 3 forwards on the books, as one injury and you have very little to change the game with attacking wise. Having said that because of the time of year, and the busy period coming up most pro clubs do not want to let players out on loan in order to keep their numbers high, and the players that they are willing to get out on loan are not really up to what we need from them, having spoken to a manager in our league who recently took a 18 year old with no experience on loan, he just said it has been a complete waste of time as physically he is not ready. Obviously there are exceptions to this, however they are not easy to come across, and when they are available are in high demand.

This then leaves out of contract players which again does not leave you with a huge pool of players to choose from that will come in and better what we have, we had contact with one that we thought would be perfect, however once we heard his wage demands it was never going to happen, as although we have had 2 good FA Cup runs we will not throw “silly money” at players.

We have a 7 day approach in for a player a few levels down, and someone we would be very interested in, however there are a number of factors that might mean we are unable to get him, though these are more logistics. Either way we are working hard to try and bring someone in and finish the season off as well as we can and try and get close to the coveted play offs, however expectations also need to stay in check, as we are a side that is stepping up and on the whole have had a season to remember, we just need to keep trying to improve, which we will always strive to do.

Obviously we would all like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy and get behind the lads, the fans can play such an important role, especially as we now no longer have the FA cup excitement, it is really down to the cliché bread and butter of the league.

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