I’ve had 12 matches in charge of Chorley now, and the situation remains pretty much the same as it was when I took over – a few points above the relegation zone, and just a couple of bad results from dropping into it.
Ok, a quick recap of the situation…
I began my FM17 career unemployed with a Sunday League reputation, and it was the end of November when Chorley came calling. They were battling against the drop, struggling to string a few decent results together.
If I was meant to come in and keep that infuriating inconsistency going to keep everyone at the club nervous, looking over their shoulders, then I’ve been right on the money.
Things began well, with a 3-2 win at a Halifax side pushing for the play-offs. A 1-1 draw at home to Tamworth felt solid enough, and I picked up a point at title-chasing AFC Fylde before beating them 1-0 at home in the festive double-header.
So far, so good.
We then lost back-to-back away games, 2-0 at Brackley and 1-0 at Boston – both above us in the table. We were then totally shit at home to Altrincham, but somehow drew 0-0.
We’d stopped scoring. In particular, Marcus I-want-to-move-to-a-bigger-club Carver had stopped scoring. Jason Walker, a player who has spent all his career scoring at wherever he’s played, hadn’t even bothered to score for me. So I went out and brought Macclesfield target man Jack Sampson on loan – and sensing I needed an uncultured battering ram for non-league’s sake, I also managed to get Guiseley’s big-arsed centre forward (and all-round journeyman) Michael Rankine on loan too.
Our next match was a biggie – away at Bradford Park Avenue. They were one of the five or six teams below me who had closed the gap. Sampson scored 21 minutes into his debut and we won 2-1.
Sadly Adam Blakeman, the only half-decent midfielder I have in my ranks, got injured in that game, and his absence told in the next as I managed to get stuffed 5-1 at home to Darlington 1883.
A 2-0 defeat at second-bottom FC United of Manchester wasn’t great, either.
I turned it around with a great 1-0 home win over Kidderminster, which has derailed their play-off ambitions, and we put in another impressive home performance against mid-table Alfreton, except we forgot to score while we were on top for 80 minutes and conceded two in the final 10.
With 11 games to go, this is what the table looks like:
In other transfer news, I signed 20-year old defensive midfielder George Pierce on a free transfer, more as back-up than anything else, but what with Blakeman’s injury (and fellow central midfielder Dale Whitham also getting crocked for a few weeks) he’s been thrust into the side.
Want-away Carver got his dream move… to Boreham Wood. Well done, you idiot. There are bigger clubs on a golf course.