An Update from the Manager

It has been another hectic few weeks at the club, with more personnel changes. Leaving the club was Will Turl to Chipstead after expressing his wish to join them. I also released Chris Grayland and Greg Ngeno last week, and I wish them well. 

Two additions to the squad are Vernon Francis, a talented midfielder from Merstham, and Peter Wedgeworth from Tooting and Mitcham United, a player who can operate anywhere on the left side. 

There will probably be two more additions in the next week or so, one of which will be a striker and the other a defender, and then I will be more or less satisfied with the squad. Sonny Ayres is coming back from injury slowly and I hope he will be in the squad from Tuesday against Leatherhead. Obviously with new additions there will be one or two more departures, and then I will more or less have my squad. 

I see this second part of the season as a fresh chapter for the club. I am very happy with my signings and I think we will be much improved now. I personally believe we have a squad that can compete with anyone in this division now, but the old cliché is about delivering and being more consistent. There is a good atmosphere in the camp and I have players who care about getting results and moving us away from the discomfort zone.

Obviously it was nice to get through the other night against Corinthian-Casuals to set up a quarter-final tie in the Surrey Senior Cup away at either EghamTown or HorleyTown, but it was the performances of Dylan Cascoe, Nathan Oliver and young Liam Harper that impressed me most. Dylan, Nathan, Ashley Thompson and Louis Glace-Palmer have come through with me the hard way of reserve team football and they are reaping the rewards, and I am very proud of the way they are developing.

And lastly, me, Martin and Steve are grateful to the supporters and the committee who are backing us, and who can hopefully see the improvements each time we play.

James