Over the course of the season that was a very, very creditable achievement; to finish in the top three, lose only four league matches and reach a cup final says a lot about the team, the manager, the club and its facilities. It also has to be remembered that we finished above the reserve teams from; Sudbury, Saffron Walden, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Diss, Felixstowe and other small towns with much, much larger catchment areas.. The team stuck together as a team and certainly dug in when required, the work rate and effort throughout the team was consistently very high.
Three matches stuck out in the Best Performance category; Sudbury away (a very hard fought draw), Felixstowe away (getting a 2-1 victory against the team currently top of the league with a squad of only eleven players on the day) and finally, Stowmarket at home, the second attempt surprisingly (very good performance against a strong visiting team).
Worst performance; everyone knows which match that was; truly shocking and absolutely no idea from start to finish.
Individual Reviews (you have been warned).
Barry Lynn (9); well played mate, very, very consistent, good shot stopper, got his share of points for the team over the season.
Liam Bryant (6); unlucky to be in the same team as Barry, perhaps needs to be a bit more confident and come off his line quicker.
Tom Goddard (7); generally had a good season, certainly more good games than bad, get yourself fit and the position is yours.
Ben Cobbold (8); nice lad, good footballer, very consistent in his performances; gets pushed off the ball too easily and probably too nice to be the captain.
David Fletcher (6); 100% effort every week, very inconsistent, either very good or not so good (bad to put it simply) perhaps he should let his hair grow again.
Ben Virtue (10); had the fortune (or mis-fortune) to get the closest scrutiny from me, but did he take it with both hands or what? Very, very consistent, I don’t remember too many wingers giving him the run around, must be a big contender for POY.
Conor Davey (7); young lad, unflappable, needs to concentrate on his distribution (some of his clearances had snow on when they landed).
Jack Edwards (8); has the potential to be the best player in the team, very skilful on the ball and works hard, just needs to remember that it is a team game.
David Grant (6); substitute several times, works hard, possibly needs to be more confident on the ball.
Darren Atkins (6); lots of hustle and bustle, closes the opposition down quickly, works hard, distribution dreadful (great header of the ball, Wivenhoe away).
Jake Gathercole (9); not impressed when I first saw him (wrong) potentially a very, very good player and I think that the team misses him when he doesn’t play.
Lee Gaught (7); hampered by injury; possibly the best thinker in the team, if he gets fit and shows the application required is a real danger man going at defenders.
Darren Brill (6); should be ‘Brillo’ with that hair style; good lad, needs to make more of that left foot, should spend the summer practicing crossing (that’s the ball, not dressing).
C and A (9); no not the shop, Cooke and Austin; when they remember that they are on the same team there is no stopping these two, two of the top three goal scorers in the league and over sixty goals between them. One or the other scored in thirty three of the thirty eight games that we played (what happened in the other five lads), it’s soccer Cookey not rugby.
Luke Roberts (7); good squad player, plenty of effort, scored a couple of important goals.
Lee Hammond (7); played in several different positions over the season (no mean feat), never let the side down but a bit inconsistent, scored a couple of good goals though.
William Brown (11); poseur.
Andrew Atkins (9); Alex Ferguson, more like Sarah Ferguson! Plenty of vocals from the line, certainly got it right most of the time, gave most players a fair crack of the whip over the season and you can’t argue with the results.
Sue Cobbold (9); sorry Sue, Sudbury’s Physio just nicks it.
A couple of quality additions to the squad and I don’t think that we have to particularly fear anyone, don’t take it to heart lads and stick together.
PS Mine’s a John Smiths on Friday night.