A typical game of two halves. We were by far the best side in the first half, with Roberts' deflected goal being treated as an OG by the home broadcasters. We kept up the pressure very well until the break, although we made relatively few further scoring opportunities. Nevertheless it was a deserved half time lead. In the second half we were undone firstly by a rare defensive error by Reece Fleet, and then a totally fluked back flip by Sam which cruelly looped over Dudzinski into the net. Although we tried hard to get at least one back, it was not to be and their third was helped by Ben Dudzinski being out of position. City gave a tremendous account of themselves against very stiff full-time opposition, and are unlucky not to have taken it to the penalties stage. So, exit the season, but the Hoops have brought great credit to the club through their inspiring performances throughout. The best season I have ever known, and I have been following the City for well over 60 years. If we can keep this team together for next season we will hopefully carry on where we have left off. Well done to everyone involved, especially David Oldfield and his colleagues!
Yeah; as Humphrey Bogart said above. 👆 second half, some credit to their manager going three up front...
As for keeping players, who knows at current climate, a crying shame the season isn't finished in some way... And Null and void is nonsense, after such a brilliant effort, a lot of players have fitted in so swiftly, and like they have been there for years, credit to scouting staff and coaching staff for their work, and a thank you, to those going back to parent club.
Yes, agreed with Casablanca. A slightly disappointing final 45 to end a brilliant but sadly 'curtailed' season. These lads have been formed into the best City team ever, surely? And David Oldfield must take a great deal of credit for that. They have worked hard, improved through the five months, had two great cup runs and played some scintillating attacking football. It's a crying shame that none of the league results count, and that we were, by and large, not there in person to witness it. But we have good video memories to look back on, wondering what might have been had the season been continued. Reckon we would have been in the play-offs and in with a chance of promotion. We have come a long way in a difficult year.
As for next season, if nothing else happens until then... we lose a lot of our defence, and no doubt the league teams will come in again for James Roberts, who has had a fantastic few months. So it all depends on replacements.
So, many thanks to all the players, the manager and the coaching staff, as well as all those behind the scenes who make it all possible, like Justin, Paul and Mick and the committee. We are very proud of you, and hope to see many of you in action again in the coming season.
There we go then, the end of a season that will be long-remembered for both positive and negative reasons.
Positively we've had great runs in the FA Cup and Trophy which have kept us all on the edges of our seats (at home, unfortunately!), as has the recent promising climb up the table with goals aplenty from what was clearly a potent strike-force at the front-end of a team that was rapidly gelling, under excellent management, into one of the best of recent times.
Negatively it seems certain now that we'll be left to wonder how the season might have concluded had things been a little more 'normal'.
Well done to all for keeping us entertained during such trying times, and we can just hope that next season is an exciting one - and rather more normal - though it'll be a long six months till it begins again.