AFC United – Part 7: Ince-tant Impact | @Matt_C_Wills

Happy Monday! Here in the role of Bez is Matt Wills, with AFC United now a Division 1 side following back to back promotions. How is he preparing for the task ahead?

Division One – I’ve been here before recently. With an all Welsh team it was hard work, but this time around I have my merry band of ex Man Utd men to rely on. Can we make it 3 promotions on the trot?

United alumni Paul Ince and Quinton Fortune have joined us on our quest, whilst we lost Brian McClair and Les Sealey to retirement and contract rebel Ronnie Wallwork thinks he’ll play some games at Liverpool, we’ll see.

Our line up for life in Division One looks like this. We’re still a work in progress. We all know what Andrew Duncan is capable of, hopefully his 2 seasons as an understudy haven’t stalled his development. Alan Tonge is a capable back up I reckon. Wingbacks are still a concern, Blackmore is getting no younger, so Switzer and Brightwell have it all on their shoulders.

Its not the most exciting of starts to Division One, but 3 pts are on the board

Meanwhile Liverpool prevail in the Charity Shield. Ronnie Wallwork makes his debut whilst Fergie prefers Craig Russell over new turncoat Michael owen.

The League Cup puts us up against a bona fide BeeGee, who scores Northampton’s second, but we have enough hits in our back catalogue to avoid a tragedy.

A small bit of transfer business and Craig is cast off once more. He’s not the answer to our midfield conundrum. Paul Ince is holding down that spot, which is a relief as Darren Ferguson got 63 disciplinary points last season – feisty one he is.

That chunk of income goes straight out the door and onto young Casper. An option at centre back or left wingback maybe?

Casper will provide some back up to Andrew Duncan who I’ve entrusted to fill Wallwork’s boots. Defensively, we’re always suspect.

Another 4-2 against Northampton sees us through comfortably in the League Cup. We came so close last season, we’re thirsty for more cup runs.

Chelsea get their hands on a future Man Utd star.

We seem to like winning 4-2 at the moment, but it’s late knockings to secure it.

Clayton gets a run out at right back but succumbs to injury. GT salvages a point for us as I rotate Brown, Nevland, Robins, Rodlund and Tomlinson up front – we are spoilt for choice in some ways.

A home win and a clean sheet. I need to decide who suits Brown best up front. Tomlinson or Nevland. Then of course there’s Rodders too…

Nevland and Brown seem like the natural choice and Terry Cooke is keeping Keithy Gee warming the bench

Oldham made it up from Division 2 with us and Twiss makes the difference. Over 6000 more people were more interested in watching us beat Oldham than Norwich. Our bank balance really could do with a capacity crowd every other week.

Newcastle are looking to recover from their shock relegation in season 1 and sit top of the table. They look like solidifying that position until Twiss and Brown strike late to give us a share of the points. Newcastle seem to have replaced Alan Shearer with Trevor Benjamin…

That Newcastle team should have enough for promotion. Dave will probably be happy to see Brian Deane in there. With Roy Carroll injured, Big Raimond isn’t the back up quality I thought he would be. I miss Les Sealey.

It looks like we’re heading for our first defeat of the season when West Brom go 3-1 up but Erik’s keen on cementing his partnership with Brown up top.

Instead, our first reverse is against Villa in the League Cup. It started brightly, but down to ten men, future United star Dwight punishes us. Huge gap to overturn in the second leg.

An ambitious bid falls flat

We’re conceding a lot – so Blanc’s experience and poise would have been useful – but as long as we’re also scoring a lot, I won’t worry just yet

The goals keep going in. We don’t seem to be finding this level as much of a struggle as I had thought

Watford Dair to best us but the second half belongs to us. Brown seems to come alive in the second half of games – I won’t complain.

This was always going to be a tall order. We won’t be avenging that loss to Arsenal this year

A rare clean sheet against Bryan Robson’s Forest

Did I speak too soon

Michael Twiss has a field day for England U21’s. Paul Teather is ex-Man Utd youth, then you have Curtis, Wicks, Brown, Wellens in there too

Another low scoring draw, maybe our initial momentum from promotion is slowing down against tougher opponents? I don’t want to get stuck in this division again.

An away day against Chesterfield bring us back to form with 3 goals

That hits the 16 game mark. We’re unbeaten in the league and nicely placed

We’re doing well considering it’s our first season in this division. I won’t get excited about a quick jump to the Premiership, I’m not sure we’re ready yet, still lets see if we can keep this great form up next week shall we? See you then!

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