Season Over?

Or just too early to write off?  Floundering in mid-table or handily placed to make a run at the play-offs?

There’s 20 games still to play and we’re only eight points off the play-off positions, still in the FA Trophy and still in the Setanta Shield and it’s still early January.  However, many people are of the opinion that the season is over already and the best we can hope for is mid-table mediocrity.

Personally, I’m a bit undecided on the matter – on the one hand we have plenty to play for but on the other I can see totally where some are coming from.  On the face of it we have a decent squad, even if it is too small, with fringe players that are better than the fringe players we had last season, but they are far too inconsistent.  There have been times this season, Exeter and York at home and Forest Green and York away spring to mind, when we’ve played some really good stuff and looked capable of matching most teams in the division.  But, just when you think they’re going to get it together, they pull out performances like the ones at Farsley, Guiseley and Altrincham where they play like dustbins and look barely capable of staying in the league (I know the Guiseley game was a cup tie, but the performance was still dreadful).

Seven times this season Harriers have taken the lead in a game and failed to win.  The ability to finish off a game is proving to be one of the biggest problems they have; six of those seven games were in the Conference – five draws and a defeat – and have cost the side 13 points.  Had those leads been held onto, there would now be 50 points in the bag and we would be sitting comfortably in fourth place in the table and everybody would be excited about the prospects for the remainder of the season.

And that’s with the current squad that we have.  The next couple of weeks are going to be crucial.  Mark Yates has sent out Jon Munday and Jonny Harkness on loan leaving the squad stretched even thinner than it already was, so he has room to manouevre to bring players in to strengthen.  So far he’s brought in Dean Bennett again, although I’m not convinced that this is a particularly good move, and apparently missed out on a youngster from Nottingham Forest who chose to move to Chesterfield instead.  I don’t think a 19-year0old kid is the answer though, we’re already a young side, a better move would be someone a bit more experienced in the middle of the park to take control of things and hopefully enable the team to see out games when they get in front.  One or two key players could be all that it takes to spark things back into life, it’s just a question of whether or not Mr Yates can find them.

But, back to the original question.  Season Over? I don’t think so, not just yet, anyway.

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