#FM15 #FordFocus : February Fortune

We move fast into February, and the Ford is motoring along nicely. I’ve had job offers aplenty, but at this moment in time I am committed to working at the Spectrum and I cannot see that changing until something really interesting comes along. My methodology and approach is keeping me in good stead and we playing some lovely stuff. A good February could see us promoted in March, so let’s crack on!

Hastings were the first opposition of the month, sitting 13 points behind us in second place. Gally was ruled out as he pulled a calf in training, so Joshy was given a rare chance to show me what he could still do. Hastings had won 5 in a row and we were unbeaten in 15 so it was likely to be a blockbuster so big that we might get treble figures to the game.

It was a tough first 30, not a great deal of football played as the foul count out weighed the shots on goal count. But we waited and were patient, and then Whytey found Ossie in the penalty area and he passed it low past the ‘keeper for the opening goal. Deep in first half injury time, Moody made a fabulous save to deny Hastings going in level. It was top drawer. The game looked settled when Eddie fired home a left footed drive into the top corner, following the ball breaking loose to him. Whytey and Ossie had to go off injured but we got the game done with minimum fuss and another clean sheet! Our lead was back up to 15 points with a game in hand. We had also notched up a really impressive five clean sheets in a row since I dropped Browney for the second time this season.

Merstham were next and I was without Ossie. I thought I’d give Jay a rare start to see if he fancied putting his former club to the sword. It was us facing the sharp point of something as we went one down after twelve minutes. Free kick, Blakey, cross, goal. How many times have I written that? This time it was Nicky getting on the end of it and making it 1-1. The centre half got a second just before the break, Blakey’s short corner going to Reecey and his crossing being headed home. We kept it tight in the second half and with ten to go they were down to ten men. Kesh came off the bench to punish them further, drilling it home for 3-1. Still a fifteen point lead and seventeen games unbeaten!

The Wey Valley derby return leg was next for us, and a trip down A3100 to Wey Court and Godalming Town. We stuffed them 4-0 at our place so I was expecting another victory to keep them in their place. Myself and their manager had another clash of words in the press, but to be honest there is only going to be one winner in that battle considering our respective league positions. Ossie was back to lead the line and after nine seconds he robbed their carthorse of a centre back, Taylor, and fired his shot against the post. That was our only chance for the next 44 minutes and then Whytey put us ahead on the stroke of half time. We sat back and soaked it all up in the second half and another three points was ours. Two wins over our local rivals, five goals scored and none conceded. I hoped their manager might be a little more respectful this time. We picked up two major injuries on the cowfield they play on there. Big D had his ankle broken by their lad Mazzone and Joshy was lucky just to twist his. Big D out for 4 months, Joshy 8 weeks. Their manager wisely kept quiet.

The February finale was away at South Park which still makes me think of crap 90’s cartoons. Give me Renn and Stimpy any day of the week. Nasha and Henners were in for the injured duo. Henners made his mark early on, hammering home a shot from the edge of the area after 8 minutes. We weren’t playing well though, and they thoroughly deserved their equaliser just after half time. Blakey was having his one shocker of the season so I hooked him off and brought on Gally. Gally, back from injury, scored shortly after to put us 2-1 up. It’s almost like I know what I am doing. I don’t know what we were doing at the back though, 2-2. To be honest, we were poor and I was relieved we didn’t get beaten. It was another month unbeaten though, even if our lead over the month had been cut back to thirteen points.

What else has been happening in the football world? City, Liverpool and United are separated by three points at the top of the Premier League and Watford, Sunderland and Fulham sit in the relegation zone. Watford are doomed, ten points off safety but Sunderland and Fulham could easily drag Swansea and Palace into it. Kit Symons, incredibly, has taken Spurs back to the heady heights of ‘Arry and has them sitting comfortably in 5th place just behind, you guessed it, Arsenal. Chelsea are still in 11th, I cannot see Jose being at the Bridge next season. Southampton still lead the way in the Championship, Forest now leading the chasing pack. Zidane is not working much magic at Villa Park, they are still in 12th. The FA Cup has thrown up a Tyne Wear derby in the quarter finals, with Liverpool playing Leicester, City playing the resurgent Tottenham and Arsenal playing either Chelsea or Reading. In the League Cup, Chelsea will play City as Jose looks to give the fans something to cheer about domestically. In Europe, Chelsea and City hold first leg leads in the first knockout round and United drew away at Dortmund so will feel well placed.

The next update, fairly obviously, well be at the end of March. I am sure you have got hold of the format by now. Any questions, or anything you’d like to know then give me a shout.

Go on Guildford!

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