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Update For August From Jon Meakes

Saturday 2nd September 2017

By Adam Sims

Jon Meakes has provided the below update on the playing squad and the season so far.

"With August coming to end, I would like to give all you loyal supporters an update on the players & management. I intend to give monthly updates along with my programme notes to keep you all abreast of how things are going.

It has been an eventful start to the season with a totally new playing squad from last season and changes to the Management team. On top of this we have had to deal with 5 games in 17 days.

With Danny moving on to bigger & probably better things (I’m sure he is missing the dressing room banter) I have brought John Lawford in to be my No2 & Mark Swales an A Licence coach to bring valuable support to me. We have also had to replace our physio Laura, who is unable to commit due to family illness. John Burt has been helping me out (out of retirement for the 5th time & probably not the last!). we now have a replacement in Oli Smith a fully qualified Sports Therapist.

 As for the playing squad I have added a young keeper Greg Ellington, who plays for England Schools and is eligible to play for our U18’s. Sam Bunting our other keeper (brother of Callum) is dual registered with Burnham and is presently getting games with them.

Adam Watkins will finally be available for selection this weekend, having finished his suspension from last season. Victor Osobo has a groin injury that he picked up at Basingstoke, but is hoping to be fit for this weekend.

We are still in the holiday season and players are missing the odd game through being away or attending weddings. We have a couple missing this weekend.

As for the season so far, I’m reasonably pleased, with 2 wins, a draw & 2 losses with such a new team getting to know each other. We should be 2 points better off and that would have been a good start going into the FAC game this weekend, but we let it slip against Tiverton who came for a point and only had one shot on goal to show for it, so that was disappointing.

Biggleswade, we played well and controlled the game, Kings Langley we grounded out the result after a shocking display against Basingstoke (the less said about that the better). Banbury we played ok, but made poor errors, but were beaten by a team that I think will be challenging come April.

This weekend we start our FAC run, with a trip to the seaside against Great Yarmouth. Hope to see as many as possible there supporting the team. It always helps."