Welcome back to the Boston United – We came to conquer series. So its been awhile since my last update but I’ve not stopped playing the save I’ve just been so involved with it to actually stop and log it all down so lots to get through and lots of ups and downs to come. So a few things have changed since my last post and firstly you can see my new banner at the top of my blog. That’s been created by FMDesign1 and they create some incredible banners, logos, video intro’s so I highly recommend you check them out. Secondly I have also posted a tactical blog showing you how my long throw set piece has benefited me and others and its had really good feedback so go check that out here too. Third but not least id like to announce I am now blogging on the FMBase page along with some other great FM creators so go check them out after reading my blog right here. Right that’s the intro done, let’s get into the football.
So when we last met I had just won the Skybet league two and im heading into Skybet league one. Again my squad needed a huge increase in player quality so let me show you how I did with three of my top players I recruited
So lets start with the top three signings I’m hoping can help me in league one.
Using my spurs link I tried to get as many players from them as possible as I can use five loan players in a squad. My midfield needed bulking up and I got this young lad. Great tackling and strong I’m hoping he can keep the ball off my defence.
Again I’ve gone with youth but I have high hopes for this young chap upfront for me. Finishing and composure along with steady physical stats he will be 50% of my new strike force this season
The second half of my strike force and a very good striker on loan from Everton. Dribbling and finishing along with a fast style of play he will be my star player this year
SEASON FIVE SKYBET LEAGUE ONE
Lets get into this. Confidence is high around the team after three promotions and three titles and now we are in a league unknown to the people of Boston. With the season starting extremely early this year on the 30th July 2022 pre season seemed to go very quickly. Before the first game of the season and when my teams transfers have been done I ALWAYS make sure my set pieces are all up to scratch. Making sure the players are where they need to be. Detail is key.
First game of the season is against AFC Wimbledon at home and our young new striker Farley hits the ground running with an early goal and getting the three points we wanted. Great start! Next we head into our first away game and we travel to Southend for what was a difficult game but we get a goal in the first half by Farley again and secure a 1-0 win. Back to back wins to start the campaign. Burton at home next and we struggle to create anything and go down 1-0 but we never were in the game so I can’t complain about that. Bristol City away next in the carabao cup and we get absolutely spanked 3-0 and again we created nothing. Not tinkering with the team yet and remembering we are newly promoted I go again away at Norwich but drop down from my usual positive play and go balanced but this makes no difference as we go down 2-0 and now that’s three games in a row we have failed to make in impact in games. Time for a tinker I think. I change one of my advanced forwards into a complete forward and change one of my central midfielders into a DLP and it came up trumps as we stormed Charlton at home 4-1 and goals felt good after a baron spell. Luton away next but things quickly slip back into old ways and we lose 3-2 to a 95th minute winner, an absolute teeth kicker. Walsall at home we draw 1-1 and Stoke u23s in the Checkatrade complete the month and it’s not been great at all.
On to September and its only a short month. Sticking with what I did for the Charlton game I kept the players roles the same and headed into a kid of grudge match against Hartlepool as they have bene promoted every season with me in the last three seasons. Didn’t start the game well and go down 1-0 till just after the break Burton gets us a goal before we go on to lose yet again 2-1. Bury away followed the same route with a 2-1 lose before we took on Bradford at home and I changed my balanced approach to defensive now. Leaking goals and not creating is becoming a real problem in this team but we do get a 0-0 so at least half the problem has been addressed there. Next up we take on Barnsley and again we lose 1-0 and another blank from my team. Finding it hard to figure out why after years of domination I’ve not had this in my save yet with Boston so we need to change again and I go back to my original positive style and we lose 1-0 again. Becoming the score line of the season already. A poor month with only one point from fifteen. Disappointing.
After what can only be described as a poor start to my league form I got outside advice on my tactics and changed a few things around. Firstly I changed from having two advanced forwards that I’ve had for the past four seasons and now lead the line with a target man and a complete forward. Next I changed the way my team were balanced in the middle of the field and dropped my central midfielder of the three into a DLP(S) and kept a two in the middle of a CM(A) and a BWM(D) to add balance. Moving my wingbacks from an attacking style to a more supportive it gave my wings more balance. All this advice came from my good friend FMCatenaccio who knows his stuff! Back to my save now and we started away at Peterborough but it didn’t start well we again lose 2-1 but we have a goal and secondly I’m noticing a pattern here of my team scoring around the 45-50 minute mark. Checkatrade next and we finally have a win for the first time in nine games and even though it was via a penalty shootout we take the win over Lincoln. Next we have Bristol Rovers in the league and what a game it turned out to be! Defences were not at the races as it turned into an eight goal thriller but we manage to come out 5-3 winners and get back to back wins. Come on!!! Back on the road next and Ipswich take my good mood away with yes you guessed it a 1-0 win!! Messing around with my training I focused purely on chance creation. ball distribution and chance conversion and it seem to work as out next game we win 3-0 away at Crewe before a 4-1 win at home to Gillingham and a 4-0 win away at Coventry! Where did that come from.
What an incredible end to the month we just had and I was looking to take that forward into the next month. Starting the month off is an ‘easy’ game vs Hampton in the FA Cup away and we got off to a great start and ended well too with a 5-2 win and progression into the next round. Another cup competition next and is was Blackpool’s turn to feel my wrath as I take them down 3-0 at home and progress in another cup, the treble is on. Back to league action and Colchester arrived at the community stadium and they are on the end of a hiding and go down 3-0 and confidence is booming. The balls my DLP (Tainio) is playing from deep up to my wingbacks and attacking midfielder is ripping teams apart. Wonderful football. A long trip down to Northampton next and our form continues with a 4-0 win and as you can see below our striker Ogunseri is still here on loan from Forest from last season and doing the work again. Great little player. Bolton next in the league at home and it was a much closer game that we probably should have drawn in the end but scrapped a 2-1 win. Ending the month how we started with a cup game we take on Portsmouth at home and only just win 2-1 AET with a 117th minute goal but we are in the 3rd round and complete a month of wins and nine wins on the bounce since our tactical change.
The festive month is upon us and its Portsmouth again we play but away this time and in the league. Off like a rocket our boys roll over pompy 6-1 with goals coming from midfield(2) and defence(4) is what can only be described as a set piece masterclass! Checkatrade north next and we took on Bury for a nice 2-1 win and progression again in the cup and our eleventh win in a row. Back to league action and playing one of the teams also fighting for a playoff spot we lose 1-0 and dents our hopes of being up there at the end of the season as competition is tight. AFC Wimbledon away now and we are back to winning ways with a 3-1 win and more goals from defence with Conner Johnson getting two but no goals again from my strikers and that’s four in a row now. Back into the training module and I focused again on creating chances and converting them and it worked again as we win 5-1 and my striker finally got a goal. FA Cup to end the month and we go away to Championship Preston but lose 3-1 as I rested my main two strikers for this game and played my kid Burnett but he did get a goal. Not a bad month overall and we are sniffing around the playoffs.
New year and into the final stretch of the season after a long winter. Keeping my kid in the team after getting a goal we play Luton at home and win 2-0 with a goal from Burnett and one from Burton. A revenge match against Burton Albion came next after they beat me 1-0 at home and didn’t let me play football at all so I wanted to see how far my team had progressed over the season. A boring 0-0 is how it ended but we didn’t play bad. Norwich at home next and one of the pre-season favourites for the title sit in mid table and they played like it as well as I go and wallop them 3-1, great result for confidence and goals from all over the team. Charlton away and we get a point on the road before heading to Oldham for a nice 2-1 win on the road in the Checkatrade trophy, cup progression. Next we play Walsall away again and we just miss out on a point and lose 2-1. Ipswich at home finishes the month and what a way to end it! Another 6-1 victory and my second of the season and my players run riot over the tractor men using my long throw and set pieces to absolute pinpoint accuracy.
Starting the month with a Checkatrade game we play Burton at home and the third time we’ve played them this season. After a tight first half we manage to get two quick goals in the second half to secure a 2-0 win and progression again into the next round. Our enemy next as we travel down to Hartlepool and win 2-0 with goals just before and after halftime to dent the spirits of Hartlepool. League action continues and we take on Bury at home and we just win after a late goal in what was an up and down game but get the points after a 3-2 win. Next we are away at Bradford and who again are mid table but are predicted more than that but again our team win 3-1 and are playing some fantastic football. Cup football to break up all the league games that are coming thick and fast and we secure a 85th minute winner at home to Grimsby to secure a 1-0 and passage to the next round of the cup. To finish the month is a top of the table tie as we take on Barnsley at home and get a 1-1 in what was an even game. A month without defeat and what a time to get it. Right in the mix for playoff football.
Training is as it has been with chance creation and conversion with ball distribution and attack patient. Next we take on MK Dons and every game is like a cup final. Way from home is always a tough tie but a 2nd minute goal was all it needed to get past MK. Peterborough at home next and a first half pounding over the posh secure us a 2-1 and get us another huge three points. Bristol rovers away end 2-2 in a game we didn’t look good in but got the point then a home tie relegation threatened Crewe see’s us get a 5-3 win and two penalty’s in the game. Gillingham at home and I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads after this, our strikers were phenomenal with four goals from Farley and a single on three minutes to start the scoring from Ogunseri gets us a 5-1 win and huge confidence going into out next game!
Charlton Athletic – Checkatrade trophy final 26/3/2023. What a game this was. History in the making as Boston enter there first every cup final and face off against fellow league one team Charlton. What a start for Boston as Ogunseri gets us a 6th minute goal before our league journeyman Adarabioyo scores an OG on 21st before making up for the mistake seven minutes later with a goal and the right end, 2-1 Boston after twenty-eight minutes. 39th minute and Ben Reeves pulls the score lever heading into halftime and nerves look like they are all over the pitch today. Halfway through the second half and Charlton take the lead for the first time in the game on the 66th minute with Boston looking for a way back into the game. A change of formation now as it’s a cup final and I go long and press them all over the pitch looking for that goal to take us into ET and Mohamed Elsa a young striker that I hardly use comes off the bench and gets a 90th minute equalizer!!! Scenes!! A boring ET see’s both sides looking tired and penalty’s are on the cards. Back and forth we go scoring and missing before Charlton final miss and gives us the advantage to secure the trophy…….GOAL!!!!
Boston United have won the Checkatrade trophy!!!!
Final month of the season and a win off securing playoffs and close for the title too! Coventry at home and with them struggling I rest one of my strikers and midfielders after a long cup game last time out and I wish I hadn’t! What a game with was and I wasn’t happy at all by this, 6-5 at home to a team currently 19th in the league and also had to rely on two OG’s and an 80th minute winner. It was one of them times on FM where I went into the dressing room and went mental and they all knew I was right! Next up after that terrible game was Colchester away and again we make hard work of the football we are playing. It took a 85th minute winner to get the three points and leaking goals is becoming a problem for me again at such a crucial time of the season. Northampton at home next and another relegation threatened team and we win comfortably 4-0 to ease the nerves in the camp and really take a huge step to automatic promotion from league one. Bolton away and another tough side as they are in the playoffs but we manage to get a 3-3 draw and add another point to our tally. Our favourite team to play came next and a team we smashed 6-1 last time we met but Portsmouth made is work for the point. Final game of the season and it’s not an easy one. Playoff team Mansfield away and we got off to a terrible start with a goal conceded in the first ten minutes of the game and spend the rest of the half defending our own goal!! Make or break for this lads now a massive 45 minutes and left back Ralph smashes in from a long throw to get us back on track and Marcus Forss the kid I mentioned at the very beginning of this blog scores a 76th minute winner!!!! Scenes!!! BOSTON ARE CHAMPIONS!!!!! What an incredible run of wins, draws and hard-fought battles.
BOSTON UNITED ARE CHAMPIONS OF SKYBET LEAGUE ONE
END OF SEASON AWARDS
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
TEAM OF THE YEAR
TOP GOALSCORER AWARD
END OF SEASON RANDOMNESS
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