This Saturday, we will be giving our usual warm welcome to our friends and rivals from Dulwich. I’d like to add an extended welcome to Gav and Kads, a management team for whom I have huge respect and one that I’ve locked horns with plentiful times. I have had discussions with them in regards to this division and we’re both in agreement that some slight adjustment has needed to be made. I’m sure Dulwich will climb the table with purpose.
I write these notes on the back of a disappointing run of results. The performances have maybe warranted a little more, but I’m not naive enough to know it is the result that is all important. Conceding early goals has been a theme in this run of games, and this is something that needs to be addressed immediately. The effort and workrate has been there most weeks and the players have kept believing in nearly all the games. The fine details at both ends of the pitch had just been a little shy. Every game is relentless and you need to be playing to your maximum all over. After a run of results like we’ve been on, it’s obvious to all the confidence is fragile and this is something the management are aware of. Expression in football is key. This tends to suffer with results. Again, it’s something we’ve been discussing. In truth, what we need is everyone to be behind the team and you, the supporters, can play your part hugely. Stay with them, please.
The health of the squad has been something that has not helped our cause in recent months and we have struggled with our experienced key players unavailable. Any team at any level would struggle with the type of personnel we’ve been missing. Reliability, experience, hunger and fitness is the recipe for success in this division and any other. We’ve not had all those facets of late.
I said earlier in the season there would be some adjustments to be made over the course of this campaign. We have seen some changes to the squad, with players coming and players going. We have a budget that needs to be maximised and manoeuvred on a regular basis. We do not have the finances of other teams in the division, but I’m sure this is common knowledge. I’m fully supportive of the club being diligent with the money that has been earned this season, especially with the strength of the division this year. The club’s long-term future is always paramount.
I thank the players departing for their efforts this season and welcome the new additions.
Keep up the support. In it together.
The above notes were due to be in Saturday’s match programme but could not be included because of printing deadlines.
Updated 19:18 - 11 Jan 2019 by HRBFC Press Team