With Dave still on the road, MK from Seagull Shouts is back with the second part of his guest blog. Can Brighton hit the ground running in Division 3? Catch up with part 1 here
So in the last post I’d assembled my squad for the start of the season on a very limited budget and with very little attraction to anyone with even the slightest bit of profile in the game. To be honest, who wanted to play for a team that stayed up by the skin of their teeth, with terrible facilities and have to travel for over an hour to get to their own home games. With that in mind I feel pleased with the business I’ve done…
First up it’s Torquay away. Things start well with the 4-2-3-1 formation and we win well with a strong performance. Lot’s of chances, but Tomlinson is off the mark. Might take him a while to find his feet as his adaptability is only at 12. I usually give players about 6 weeks or so to fit in and find their form, often limiting them to appearances off the bench initially. With a squad overhaul like this it’s impossible.
Next up we make a start in the League Cup with a first round tie against Division 2’s Northampton. A convincing win with Tomlinson finding his scoring boots and chipping in with an assist. This was helped of course by Turley getting himself sent off and sparking a goal fest!
After a blip at Lincoln and a draw in the return leg in the cup, the good results continue. The only other defeat in the first page of fixtures comes away at Leyton Orient who always perform well, even without Heidenstrom it would seem. Along the way we managed a surprise result in the cup against Division 1 strugglers Port Vale.
Whilst we’ve conceded a few goals, we’ve managed to find the net way more often and the front 4 are all chipping in nicely. My only real concern is that Nick Colgan isn’t up to it. He’s conceding fairly often, even in games where the opposition aren’t creating too many chances.
Tomlinson is leading the charge finding the net 20 times and making 8 assists in only 15 games! He finishes September with a hat-trick away at Hartlepool in another 5-0 win. Really hoping that he doesn’t pick up many injuries or suspensions throughout the course of the season, although any of the 3 just in behind him are forwards and could move into that strikers position and do the job (I hope).
Looking forward to sharing the next instalment with you later in the week, but so far it’s looking good for the seagulls and I’m excited to play on. I really have the CM bug. The Mrs. is asking to use the laptop when I decide to have a break from the game (and writing about it)!
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Catch up on our interview with Quickly Kevin’s Michael Marden here