History Repeating

I’m really sloppy at keeping this blog updated, so old posts remain on the front page for a long time.  I noticed that some posts there that I wrote a year ago seem relevant again.

Posts about planning here and here, and a further one about the disappointment of having our hopes built up and then dashed could have been written about our start to the current campaign.

By all accounts the crop of trialists that spent pre-season at aggborough were the best as a group that we’ve had for many years, and that those that were signed added to the players that were kept on from last season and the key signings of Darryl Knights, Adam Bartlett and Luke Jones had set us up for another promising season.

That promise quickly began to ebb away.  Opening day against newly-promoted Lewes saw that promise starting to diminish as the side toiled away against a nervous looking team and come away with just a point after sloppy defending had allowed the visitors back into the game.  That was followed up with a defeat at Cambridge brought about by more sloppy defending and an apparent lack of confidence as heads dropped once United were ahead and it wasn’t until the last five or ten minutes that we looked like getting anything out of the game.

Sloppy defending, there seems to be a pattern emerging here, at Mansfield on Saturday saw the game lost before the break as we gifted The Stags a 3-0 half-time lead, with one goal coming inevitably from Michael Blackwood on his first encounter with us since being released at the end of last season.  Granted, there was a second half comeback that threatened to snatch an undeserved point but it only really served to paper over the cracks in this young team that is lacking an old head to drag them through the tough times when things aren’t going their way.

What was apparent from the second half at Mansfield was that the best way for Harriers to get out of their current slump is for them to play with greater tempo and urgency from the start of the game and not when it’s too late in the game to get anything out of it.  I also feel that the manager needs to bite the bullet and drop players who are not performing sooner rather than later, there are far too many of them in the side at the moment who do not deserve to be there on current form.  Last season the same mistake was made, perservering with James Constable and Justin Richards who were not scoring and leaving Iyseden Christie and Matt Barnes-Homer on the bench kicking their heels.  When Christie eventually got back into the side he scored goals for fun and Barnesey developed into a useful member of the squad when he was given a run in the side, ending the season with more assists than any other player.  This time round it looks like Martin Brittain and David McDermott are the players who should be in the side instead of the likes of Dean Bennett, Simon Russell etc who are not really performing at the top of their game.

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