Let’s not beat around the bush, our recent form has been dreadful and as a fan, I’m very worried right now that we are teetering on the brink of being well and truly dragged into the relegation mire.
11th in the League, how cool is that and who would have thought it after our dreadful start to the season? Two wins out of three very tricky fixtures, including one almost in the Atlantic Ocean and another in another country both in consecutive weeks, the latter being a decisive victory to go alongside our defeat of non-league big boys Salisbury at The Home of World Football. Oh and of course, I must mention our customary victory over the smaller club in Walton, in what was a low-key affair last Tuesday. Credit to Steve Conroy, building a team from scratch, up against it and with doubters suggesting it would all go pear-shaped. Well it hasn’t yet, and the signs are that things well and truly are moving in the right direction.
This weekend we make our longest trip of the season as we head down to Cornwall to face table-toppers Truro City. Ahead of the game, we got the thoughts of TCFC fans Cameron Weldon and Sam Jose about their season so far.
Two home games in successive Saturdays – whatever is the world coming to? They don’t come any easier though and it’s another of the big teams down here at our idyllic setting on the banks of the River. If ever there is a reminder of the high level in which we are competing, then it’s the visit of Poole Town followed by Salisbury City – sizeable clubs with large catchment areas and a good reputation in non-league football.
The fixture list has been “stop-start” so far this season and it seems like an eternity between home matches. However, between now and New Year we have an almost relentless run of fixtures, many down here at the Home of World Football, punctuated, of course, by two successive Saturdays to the extremities of civilisation, in Merthyr and Truro City. There’s a rumour we may actually play Blackfield & Langley next Tuesday, a nice place which is also, though, renowned to be between somewhere and the end of mankind – the tipping edge of the Solent, apparently, but no one really knows and few who have gone there on a cold November night have returned the same again, apparently. Our game against Blackfield & Langley has been postponed so many times that it feels like one of those social gatherings that becomes such a chore trying to fix a date for both parties that in the end, it just never happens and fizzles out, with both sides just keeping their heads down and not mentioning it. Imagine being allowed to get away with that in football, the league table at the end of the season that has asterisks next to it along the lines of “couldn’t be bothered in the end” to denote games that never happened? This, of course, would be a shame because when the fixtures came out, the thought of an early October trip to a scenic part of Hampshire, maybe taking in the Hythe Ferry and Pier Railway (which is a combination of a narrow-gauge railway, followed by a boat across the sea) was compelling. Now it’s so inconveniently re-arranged, I suspect even Staggers and Alan won’t be there, which is saying something.
Some of you will already be aware of this through social media, but for those that aren’t, our very own Maisie Buckley is raising money for Cancer Research UK and will be shaving off her lovely locks at half time during the game against Poole Town at the Hub next week (Saturday 23rd November).
It was a pretty humdrum game here on Tuesday night against Gosport. We started well and our passing was impressive but then faded until coming to life just after the visitors took the lead. That burst from us in the last 15 minutes really had Gosport on the racks for the first time in the evening. Earlier, we’d looked disjointed, lacking shape and though I don’t think I could question our energy, we didn’t have that determination and sheer will to succeed that we had towards the end, when every tackle was won, every opposition player barged out of the way and we chased down absolutely every ball. We also started playing the ball out wide where we really caused problems for the Gosport, particularly with Cheyce’s trickery and Rene was a handful in the closing minutes, with his cheeky gamesmanship, tom-foolery and physical presence.
Ahead of our game against Taunton this weekend, we caught up once more with Greg Galpin from TTFC Fans
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