BOSTON UNITED: WE CAME TO CONQUER
Welcome back to the Boston United: We came to conquer save for football manager 2019.
So after a good start in season one, (read here if you missed it) and narrowly missing out of the playoffs I felt small changes were needed not major overhauls so ill be going through the ins and outs of the club. Tactics will remain the same for the upcoming season as I feel the 532 has real promise on fm19. Wingbacks have not let me down at all. I can’t stress enough how important set pieces are in this years version! So lets sit back, enjoy a beer and lets see how far we got in season two…….
Transfers – ins and outs
Going through the stats of last season we had a relatively good defence but scoring was an issue. I didn’t change from the 5-3-2 formation used in season one just a few personal. First up the outs listed below.
- Dale Hopkins CM 4.5k
- Jay Rollins AMC free
- Jonathan Wafula AMC free
- Nicky Walker AMC free
- Paul Brown LM free
- George Willis GK 2.2k
My main focus was getting the players out that didn’t either feature or contribute to my style. Nothing major as I said about just a small few tweaks. A few small transfer fee’s as well to boost the coffers.
Now for the ins
- Jack Bridge CM free
- Harry Cardwell ST free
- Joe Healy CM free
- Tom Warren CM free
- Travis Johnson WBR loan
- Noah Chesmain WBL loan
- Akin Odimayo CB free
Very happy with the calibre of player I managed to bring into the team as most of them are players released by league one/two sides so quality was added. You might also see that I have a new WBR even though we still have player of the year Ben Davies still at the club but he is knocking on 36 so he will be my second choice this season behind Noah.
Season two – VANARAMA NORTH 2018/19
The season began with 10 pre season friendlies to bed my new players in and work on the new set pieces to make sure we are ready to hit the ground running. Some big teams still in the division with Chester and York being tipped to be up there at the end of the season and with the media predicting we finish 4th this season expectation is high! Mixed results from pre season had me a bit worried going into the start of the season but worries were soon gone when we won our first five games of the season scoring ten goals and only conceding three and shoot us to the top of the table. Our next game put us against one of the leagues tougher teams in Tamworth and sadly we lose 2-0 at home but we did manage to win manager of the month
September always seems like a busy month with league and cup fixtures and managing the players fitness is vital. A few small rotations from the starting eleven going into the few games of the month gets us two draws then a slobberknocker of a 3-2 win vs Halifax at home. Jonny Margetts has been smashing the goals in for us hitting seven goals already in the season and helping the team get two more draws and two more wins to finish undefeated in September and keeping us in the top two Excitement is high around Boston! October started the same with a WDWDWW form and the team going thirteen games undefeated scoring lots of goals and progressing in the FA Cup getting a home tie vs League two Mansfield Town at home. Standout players from the month were Harry Cardwell and Joe Healy who can’t miss a penalty scoring three this month!
November stared with out first defeat in thirteen games away at Chester and dropped us down into third. Its super tight at the top with York 1st and now Chester 2nd. Next came our FA Cup tie vs Mansfield and unsurprisingly we lost 3-1 but that wasn’t the most surprising aspect of the game…..they after knocking me out the competition offered me a job interview! The absolute cheek! Fuelled by the defeat next came top of the league York at home and the boys didn’t let me down securing second in the league again with a 2-0 win against a league rival.
Game after game the lads are not letting me down now heading into a busy festive period not losing a single game WWWDW and putting us top of the league. We managed to score seventeen goals and only concede six during this time with standout players being Joe (Penalty hero) Healy and our WBL Noah Chesmain. Scoring for fun is what I want to see and he overlapping wing backs are crossing for fun. Loving it. Heading into January I wanted to continue their current form with goals and points adding up but a poor performance at home to Bradford PA see’s us only just grab a point and we are third again! Annoying we can’t get a grasp of this league and run away with it but we can only beat what’s in front of us. A convincing 4-1 win at home to Braintree thanks to two more penalty’s from Joe Healy keeps us in the mix. Finishing off the month we lose badly to Spennymoor 3-1 right before we have to play a rival in Tamworth! 3-1, 3-1, 3-1 the crowd chant after the Tamworth came as well roll them over and it is definitely a three-horse race at the top of the table.
With fifteen games remaining and having only lost six in all competitions morale is high in the Boston camp, February being no different either with form of WWWWD scoring thirteen goals and conceding five we are now a solid second to York city. Jonathan Smith being the player of the month having scored four goals during the month and helping us gain thirteen points from fifteen. Forward viewing on the fixtures I can see we have a very tough run in at the end of the season with an away game to York and a home game vs Chester so I knew points now were vital if we are to challenge for this title. Playoffs are just about secured but I wanted more, I wanted the title, I want to be a VNN side next season!
Hereford next and we lose a tough battle narrowly 1-0 to end a six game unbeaten run and it isn’t want I had in mind when I clearly stated I wanted points on the board. A team meeting was called by the club captain for morale boosting and it worked a treat as we win our next game 1-0 then smash Guiseley 5-2 away and then win 1-0 again at home. Back in it lads and York drop points too! With six games to go im one point behind York and we have then next….away….1st vs 2nd. Lets to battle!!! And what a battle is was! Top vs second and winning give either York a four point advantage or me a two point advantage with five to play. See below for the final outcome.
BOOOOM! We are top lads, top with five to play! Chester next and they sit 3rd in the league, we are going for it large, sink or swim. Chester at home and we owe they for a defeat earlier in the season. Again not an easy game but after such a fantastic win away top the previous top team confidence is high. It was a tough battle with an own goal by Chester just before half time and then a goal by George Waring just before the hour secured all three points. York not letting up also win leaving it two points between us with four to play. Stalybridge away and FC United at home next and two more W’s on the board. we can’t shake York though they win there next two games as well. Kings Lynn next and they are the bottom side in the division so I have no reason to be worried, right?! I was wrong they battled and dragged me through the mill scoring early and locking the doors until the 75th minute George Waring got us a well-earned point but what about York? they also drop point and draw away to Braintree. Final game, two points the difference. York vs Altrincham away and Boston away to Kidderminster.
Neither side want to let up on the quest for glory. York take and early lead but we are top on goal difference, Boston struggling to break down this Kidderminster defence but suddenly Akin Odimayo the centre back of all people pops up with a towering header in the 39th minute and we have the league in sight! A tense final 10 minutes see’s York score again but we hang on and yes! CHAMPIONS!
BOSTON UNITED WIN THE VANARAMA NORTH 2019/20
What a season! What a fantastic end to the season. So happy with the players we have, the way we played, losing only SIX times in FOURTY NINE games in all competitions. I cannot fault any one of them. The managers player of the season goes to Jonny Margetts. With his 20 goals this season he has helped the team gain promotion and id also like so special mention our on loan Wing backs Travis and Noel. Between them they got 22 assists, Thanks lads, So after a fantastic season we must move forward. Some players may come with me and some may have to leave. We are a club set out to conquer and even if these players don’t complete the journey they are the foundation builders of the history.
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