Monday, July 15
Royston, Hertfordshire




Hi there!

Long time no speak but nothing of real interest to report on, bar a good pre-season to prepare us for the season ahead. I choose not to comment too early on friendlies and their outcomes, although they were generally positive.

There are several new faces to mention:

Jay Rolfe and George Ironton – both joined from Welwyn. They know a few of the boys so have integrated quickly into the set-up.

Jarid Robson from Cambridge City – again he has quickly settled in and we hope the goals come as freely as they did for him at City.

Max Bustamante – an exciting young Chilean youth international who impressed in pre-season. We were pleased to get this one over the line.

Nathan Tshikuna – a midfielder that we’ve had on our radar for a few months. His quality has already been shown and we’re pleased to report that we beat a few other sides to his signature.

And last, but not least for our new lads is one that signed after Saturday’s game – Joel Nakatani-Brown. Joel played in a couple of pre-season games and has been around the squad all summer. He’s been unlucky with a persistent injury and missed the opener but hopefully, he won’t be out for long.

There are a couple of other ‘irons in the fire’ but until they sign we’ll keep them known as “Trialist ” 😉

Welcome to Garden Walk guys and we hope there are some exciting times ahead for all!

On the injury front, unfortunately, Ed Asafu-Adjaye has picked up a knee injury from what looked like a really innocuous challenge. We think he may be out for around 8 weeks but it’s hard to judge accurately. Bar that the players look very fit and raring to go!

Looking back on Saturday’s game, a 3-1 home win is a great way to kick off the new campaign but as with many matches, the score doesn’t tell the true story. We started very brightly and if not for an amazing save from Jarid we could have been 1-0 up after 5 mins. In fairness to the boys, they kept the tempo high and got us 2 goals and we were looking comfortable. Jarid with the first and Matty with the second. It was then time to put the tie to bed and we had a few half chances!  The scoreline stayed at 2-0 until a little indecision in the back/ middle line allowed an unopposed cross to come into our box and bam, 2-1.

Suddenly our opposition had their tails up and were more into the game. The score remained 2-1 at halftime and going into the second half.  I felt that we started the second period pretty flat and I changed things to freshen up our lineup. It sort of worked but we did let them have far too much time and space to play. Although they created little, in fairness nor did we. Shame but the result was the target and how ever we were going to do it we were determined to hold on. Then came an excellent strike from Nathan to put some distance between the two teams and yes a home win on the opening day of the season for the second season in a row.

Not really a  game not for the purists but 3 points all the same!


Steve C


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