CHAMPIONES CHAMPIONES OLE OLE OLE! The Boston United fans chant after our final game of the season in season two. We are now a VNL team and we have our first trophy of the save. Huge scenes in the small town of Boston and the manager and players are treated like gods but the good times have to turn into preparation at some point and that’s where we start off today. Good day to everyone who has come back to the blog for episode three and thankyou and for everyone else go back and read how we got here! Click here to read. Season one – Season two
So lets begin with tactics this season. I’ve stuck by my 532 since the first game in change and I’m not going to change that. I love how my wingbacks are causing huge problems for midfielders and crossing balls for fun. They have really become an integral part of my system. Secondly we are no longer in the VNN and we definitely need in improve the talent at the club. The board is happy for us to bravely fight relegation so no major expectations from them but a 80% squad overhaul is needed to survive I think. Lets dive into the team and take a look at the three players I think can really make a difference this season and hopefully fight off the relegation fears.
MEET THE PLAYERS
First up we have Zak Brown. A young talented striker we managed to get on loan from championship side Ipswich. His finishing and pace should really help in this division plus having a good amount of technique I can’t see many better than this man in the league. What a coup for us! On a negative side his poor jumping is a worry as we do rely on crosses from wingbacks. We will have to see.
Next we have Robbie Burton. He is a talented young central midfielder I intend to use as my main attacking threat through the middle. Released by Arsenal we somehow managed to convince him to join us AS LONG as we can make the playoffs in the VNL by 2022/23 season. Passing, off the ball and vision are what attracted me to him and again I’m very excited to see him play for us.
Last but definitely not least and I think my favourite signing we made is George Johnston. A towering young athletic centre back who was released by Liverpool and again we managed to sell him the dream of playing in Boston. No contract promises for this man just pure dedication from him. I’m looking forward to using him as our main focal point at set pieces as his incredible jumping reach and determination can only result in good things for us.
So that’s my three main players I’ve selected for review. I made a few other signings to bulk out the team and get ready for the new season. Lets get on with the review.
SEASON THREE – VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
We begin at home to Ebbsfleet on a summer’s afternoon and the stadium is bouncing. Fans chanting the players names and new faces in the ground as our reputation grows. First up we take on the Ebbsfleet. I wasn’t expecting my team to pull up any trees so early in the season but we comfortably win 2-0 and never broke a sweat. One our other summer signings Harry Benn’s scoring both and we have points on the board! 50 points is what the media say we need to achieve to be safe and that’s my first and only goal at this point. Next we are on the road and face a tough tie against Dag & Red and I’m always nervous going away from home but hard work and a scrappy game see’s us get a 2-1 win with yet again Harry Benn’s getting the winner. Easy this league. Aldershot next at home see’s us get a 0-0 and we didn’t play well at all, lucky not to leak the goals. Stockport at home next the 3rd home game in four so far in the league and we lose 1-2. Our first defeat of the season. Two tricky away game to finish our first month in our new division and we manage to scrape a 3-2 away at Macclesfield and lose 1-0 to Solihull moors. 10 points on the board from our first six games.
September is here and we start on the road again, or 3/4 games in a row on the road. An easy win is predicted against recently promotion Tamworth and we get the win 2-1 with Robbie Burton scoring both. Next up games vs Barrow and Barnet see us get a 0-0 and a huge 4-1 win before a dreadful 3-0 loss to Leyton Orient at home but they are second favourite for the league title. Dover away finishes the month and we grab a 2-0 win and another 10 points this month and gets us 3rd place in the league, 3RD! A positive dressing room after recent results now and the games cannot come fast enough. The team is playing some good football at the moment as we get a 1-1 draw away at Harrogate before we have six points from six at home with victories against Gateshead and league favourites Hartlepool! Huge win!!!
A nice break in league football I give some of the fringe players a game and rest the stars as we take on FC United in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round and win 4-2 without too much worry but resting my players didn’t help as the next league game we lose 2-1 to Boreham wood after peppering their goal but shot blanks all games. Disappointing to say the least and Wrexham away are going to feel my fury as I wanted answers to that dreadful result against Boreham and they players responded to my aggressive speech with a 4-1 win and a Zak Brown hat trick, lovely stuff. Fylde next and I batter them 4-0 as well. Easy month really with 13 out of 18 points and we continue to smash expectations and sit in 3rd place still.
Moving on to the winter months we start with our game vs Gillingham in the FA Cup 1st round at home and they are a league one side so a no pressure match with some nice money coming into the club as we fill out our stadium again for what could be a huge upset if we get a result. Back and forth back and forth we battled like it was our last game we would play. Goals at both ends as each defence decides to take the after noon off and in a very open game. It all comes down to one moment and that moment was a 77th minute strike by Kian Flanagan to seal a huge scalp in our FA Cup history to get a dramatic 4-3 win! We are into the second round lads!!!
Bouncing after that win and then drawing league one Fleetwood Town away in the FA Cup 2nd round we secure two more wins against Maidstone and Dulwich Hamlet before losing THREE games on the bounce to Torquay, Tranmere and our game vs Fleetwood meaning the FA Cup dream is over for this season. Gutted. With the dream gone we are back at it with league football and back to winning way with a 2-1 win away at Chesterfield, a 1-0 win at home to Billericay and 0-0 draw away at Ebbsfleet. A nice run of results in the league we get a break again but this time in the FA Trophy and a tie against Southport at home and a comfortable 2-1 win drops us into the next round. An incredible 6-2 result vs Dag & Red at home and another hat trick from Zak Brown came next before a match vs Aldershot Town that we had in the bag up until the 65th minute when we decided to make a huge error and gift them an equalizer and then full on fold in the 89th minute and lose 2-1. Keyboards flying all around the place!!! We are creating so many chances a game and so many shots we should be winning every game now and putting games to bed. Remember we are here to ‘bravely fight relegation’ not crash this promotion party of Leyton Orient and Hartlepool.
No tweaks or shouting we go again and win comfortably 3-0 at home to keep real hope of a playoff spot on the cards. Relegation isn’t even muttered around Boston anymore! 1-1, 3-1, 3-2, and 2-1 completed the month of January and also our first undefeated in the VNL and also putting us in an incredible position in the table. One defeat in eleven in all competition’s has given us real hope.
The good times continue with a 3-1 win away at Barnet to keep the race for the playoffs alive but a poor result vs Fylde at home and I say poor I actually mean horrific as it ended 4-1 and we looked limp. After giving the lads the hairdryer I expected a response but it didn’t work as we lose to a playoff rival in Leyton Orient for the second time this season. Fuming!!! I can feel us throwing it away. Again I (cover your ears kids) bollock the lads for a dreadful performance and it finally pays off as we smash Barrow 5-0 at home to blow them cobwebs away. George Johnston and Robbie Burton getting two goals each but that wasn’t the best part! Little did I know how vital them points were…that put is TOP OF THE LEAGUE! For the first time this season we managed to gain top spot in the division. INCREDIBLE! With 12 games to go I am actually thinking about winning this league. A 0-0 draw with Dover soon dampers the mood and see’s us drop into third place but we are in the mix.
Starting off March with a 2-3 defeat didn’t do my title hopes much good and thoughts soon change back to just playoff football which I am still buzzing about. A solid 3-0 win at home to Harrogate keeps me in 2nd before my new bogie team Boreham Wood come and smash me 3-1 in my own backyard! GROWL! Flying keyboards again…..HEADS! Raging after dropping points at home we then have to travel to top of the league Hartlepool where we get a 3-3 draw and that might sound like a good result apart from the fact they scored they 3rd goal in the 96th minute. Arrgghhhh, FM is seeing if I’ve got the minerals for this. Seems they know me well as 0-0 vs Fylde and then 0-0 vs Wrexham keeps me in 3rd position with six games to play. I’m currently four points behind second and five behind top (Hartlepool and Leyton Orient 1,2)
Its crunch month. April. We need a Delia Smith moment in the dressing room to inspire these boys. The final six games are going to make us hero’s or hero’s as we are making the playoffs regardless. How much of a hero is down to these players. Lets see how they got on.
Game one: Maidstone away. A scrappy back and forth draw with neither side able to take the advantage resulting in a 2-2 draw – league position 3rd
Game two: Dulwich Hamlet home. A dominating performance by Zak Brown and Kian Flanagan gets us three points and keeps the pressure on the top two – league position 3rd
Game three: Billericay away. A tight 1-0 win with a goal in the 80th minute by Robbie Burton – league position 3rd
Game four: Torquay home. Another smashing game with George Johnston getting us off the mark in the 8th minute. Zak Brown grabbing two more goals – league position 2nd (Leyton Orient lost)
Game five: Tranmere away. A game against a midtable side turned into one of my toughest and we scrape a 2-1 win with a 92nd minute winner from Conner O’Grady. league position 1st (Hartlepool lost)
Game six: Chesterfield home. Off like a rocket the lads score in the 7th and 9th minute and close that door. Defensive performance of the season – league position 1st CHAMPIONS!!!!
Here is the graph of my league positions throughout this season
BOSTON UNITED WIN THE VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
What a season this has turned out to be! From being told relegation was a real possibility to winning the title at the first attempt and back to back titles we are now in the Skybet league two next season. The board instantly announce that we are now going full-time and funds will be made available for the promotion winning manager. Onto the end of season awards.
VANARAMA MANAGER OF THE YEAR
VANARAMA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Fantastic achievement by the lads. Amazing work and now Boston hero’s for life. Lets focus on the three players we singled out at the beginning of the season
Brilliant season by our main striker. His goals propelled this team into a force to be feared. Not also unselfish either after adding 13 assist to his season. Would love him back next season.
Goals and assist and a constant presents in our team. When we needed a goal he game good. Couldn’t of asked for more from the Vanarama National player of the year
A solid performance nearly every single game. Average of 7.33 from 28 games. Had one or two injuries but I’m know I’m going to struggle to keep hold of this one. Future star
So that’s season three over and done. We are now in league two and a professional side. Huge efforts will be needed after back to back promotions. Looking forward to the challenge. Please drop me a follow on twitter @topbinsfm and give all the other achievement hunters blogs a read. Thanks.
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