WE CAME TO CONQUER
Welcome everyone to my new save and blog of 2018. Our adventure will start at Vanarama north side Boston United as we try to work our way up the leagues and give the fans something to brag about at work on a Monday morning. This year I will be trying to develop a solid tactic using the new and improved system implemented in fm19 that can dominate from the bottom to the top in the English pyramid and give Boston a style of play they can be recognised for. The squad as a whole isn’t in to bad of a state but a few players will need to be brought in to help me in my quest for world domination…….I mean promotion.
So lets begin……..
This year as I said I want to make a tactic that can be known as the ‘Boston’ way in years to come. It’s not been great so far on fm19 this year as I have struggled to make a tactic that I can feel happy with and room to tweak and still be comfortable with. After many tests I have decided on a 532 that can cover the areas I want to hurt the opposition whilst not giving to much of an advantage to them against me. Now these are just words and during the season I hopefully wont regret them. Using a back three I think will help in the lower leagues as most the sides go with two strikers. I will be using wingbacks to open up the space down the flanks and defensive central midfielders just in front to protect the space left behind them. A central midfielder which may also be changed to a DLP during the game to get that ball up top for my strikers to bang in the goals. So during preseason results went quite well. Goals were scored and conceded but we have a team and we are now ready for the league. Next up the star players in my side.
We made a few changes this year to the starting eleven at Boston but I just want to focus on the three main players I think can make a difference for us this season. At the end of the season we will do a review on the three players selected below and see how they got on. Step forward our first superstar…..
A young talented left back on loan from Doncaster has just what I wanted. Obviously I would like a player with a lot better stats.Crossing, pace , off the ball, he has it all and I’m expecting big things from him.
An absolute giant of a man! 6’7 and dam can he head and jump as well. Again it is a load signing but I needed to improve on what we had in that area and I’m very happy with him. Going to be a huge focal point for me at set pieces and with his strength and determination I’m really hopeful he will be our main man this year.
Ok….yes he is 37! Not a load signing he is actually a Boston player from the off and I’m happy he is. Yes his age is an issue and he will probably retire at the end of the season but the players I could get in his position were not as good and he will be my wingback for the season. Not the fastest but deep crosses from this chap will be a big part of his game.
SEASON ONE – VANARAMA NORTH 2018/19
The season beings after a great pre season with a busy seven game month but the players are fit and ready to go and wanting the media speculated playoff spot. Games vs Guiseley and Leamington don’t go as planned as we lose our first two games of the season to poor play and hardly and penetration on the opposition. Tinkering around with my strikers I make my DLP a AF and it seems to have worked. Back to back wins over FC United and Nuneaton show me our side can win games and play well too but never count your chickens as we lose again to two poor penalty decisions after playing well but we can’t account for refs wanting the spot light. Sticking with the same team and formation as we’ve really got a good system going we go six games undefeated which pushed us up to 4th in the table and making it seven games without defeat we win our FA cup 2nd round qualifier vs Nantwich to finish off one hell of a September.
More FA cup qualifiers next and we are in the pot for the first round. Two more home games in the league and we are very lucky to not loss to Blyth and we beat Chesterfield. Sitting in 3rd in the league now and that’s 10 games in all competitions undefeated. Now for some pain and football manager hurt, five games this time we play home and away and we pick up a mere 1 point from 15 and we drop to 8th in the league. In the middle of that we win our FA cup 1st round game to get a tie with MK Dons at home who are sitting top of League two. Annoyed by our currently form I drop my poacher role upfront and have a CF alongside my AF and instant results 12 goals in the next four games from the team and back to winning way but next up we have the big fish and MK Dons coming to town! 2-0 up at half time we are hammering MK and I’m already thinking of a huge payday in the next round….then came the army from MK and two quick goals give them a 2-2 score line at the 60 minute mark. We hang on and gain a replay at stadium MK and get tv coverage as well. One game in-between the fixtures we win 3-1 away at Spennymoor but I’m not thinking about the league I’ve got bigger fish to fry.
WHAT A REPLAY!!!! Below is a screenshot of the score and scorers and I’m so proud of my players for what they managed against players they never should have had a chance with. With 400k in my bank from tv and ticket sales I can’t complain too much. Well done lads.
Back to league football our form and things are still going well with seven games more undefeated since the battle at MK and we are in 4th in the league, playing good football and scoring plenty of goals. An FA Trophy defeat away to Hartlepool see’s us leave that competition quite early so just league football for us now remaining. Three more wins give the team a cushion from teams below outside the playoff zone and we are still cementing 4th. Things take a nasty turn in Boston and our defence has suddenly forgot how to play football! Draw, loss, loss and 1 point from 9 we are in 6th spot and nerves are coming into play here. Back to back wins over Southport (2-1) and Chorley (2-0) keeps me in 5th but im only 5 points inside the playoff zone. Defeat to York and a win to Curzon (2-0) keeps hopes alive with 5 games left to play. The results below are how my season really ended, live the life of a football manager, the ups and downs but just make sure you learn from them.
- Blyth (A) 3-0 loss
- Darlington (H) 1-1
- Brackley (A) 1-1
- Ashton (H) 3-0 loss
- Hereford (A) 3-1 loss
And that was that! The final day of the season saw Brackley overtake me and secure 7th spot and drop me to 8th. After some very good spells during the season it just wasn’t enough and Boston are going to be VNN next season. A league table below shows the final positions. What a season. Love football!
Danny Amos – A solid season by our on load left back. Created goals all season whilst looking solid in a back five. Will try sign him on loan again next season or permanently if possible.
Noel Mbo – Our giant of a man didn’t let us down in front of goal with a massive 18 goal return and he is definitely one I want back! Young, strong and will only get better.
Ben Davies – The veteran was one of our most consistent performers this season. Assists, goals and remember he is 37!! Signed a new deal with the club but physical stats in decline. My player of the season.
Overall I as happy with how it all went. Some good runs but some terrible as well. Much to work on but I’m hopeful of added to this crop of players and pushing for the playoffs at a minimum next season.
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