Wise Thoughts On First Team

This blog comes after our game on Friday evening away at Cheddar succumbed to the weather and was called off early due to a snow ridden pitch. January has been an interesting month for us, we have not won a game since Boxing Day against Sherborne, although this does not tell the full story as there have only been four fixtures in this time of which we managed two draws in amongst two defeats, to league leaders Cheddar in the home fixture and Wells City away, the latter being a 2-0 defeat after being 0-0 on 88 minutes! During January we have also seen some transfer activity with incomings and outgoings, Dec Cornish was the subject of a 7 day approach from his old club Bridport FC and after some deliberation decided to make the switch with the chance of more minutes on offer, Dec goes with all of our best wishes, a nice lad and a good player but he had not started a league game for us since the 17th November so felt he needed more minutes and Bridport is a club he is already familiar with so it was a good fit, it’s great to see Dec getting off to a good start in his first few games back at St Mary’s.  Likewise Oakley Page decided to move to Dorset Senior league side Mere town and we wish him all the best. We were already in the market for a couple of additions in order to improve us as a squad and I’m delighted to be able to confirm we have been able to bring in those players in order to help us get to where we feel we should be. The first player signed on is Morgan Withers, a tidy ball playing midfield player who looks very comfortable on the ball and has good energy. Morgan is just coming back from a lengthy spell out with injury so will have to be introduced slowly but when he is fully up and running I feel he will be a good addition for the squad. Next up is Lewis Matthews, a big commanding centre half, previously of Shepton Mallet AFC who has been out of the game for the past year but has kept himself in good shape and I am confident his strength and leadership qualities are going to be a big asset to us moving forward. Ryan Pike is third new face at Moor Lane, Ryan is a player I know from my Castle Cary days and he has been playing at Radstock this season and played against us at home and did very well, he is a big player who gives us some much needed height but his main quality is his left foot and his range of passing, he’ll be another who adds to the depth of the squad and has the quality to be able to pick a pass at the right moment as well as having fantastic delivery from set pieces as well. Last but certainly not least Matt Morley has re-signed for the club after taking a break away from football for 8 months, Matt has great pace and can play in any of the wide positions either as a winger or a full back and once he has regained his fitness I’m sure can hit the ground running for us once again as he had a really successful spell here over 2 seasons and it would be great to see him recapture that form and enthusiasm for the game. All in all I am delighted with the way the squad now looks and I can confidently say it’s in the strongest position since I have been the manager here, it’s taken a while to get to this point but I now feel we have the strength in depth, pace, quality and experience across all positions to be a real force. Other good news was Connor Williams and Brett Cotterill have both committed to the club despite advances from Shaftesbury and with the likes of Jamie Irwin & Tom Frampton still only 10/12 games in to their Wincanton town starts and improving week on week at this level I feel that it is now about getting the group to continue to gel and improve week after week, once that happens we will be a match for any team in this league! Up next is Oldland Abbotonians at home, Saturday 9th February, weather permitting!


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