We have recently received confirmation that the season has now concluded. As frustrating as that is, we all know that this is the correct decision as it will contribute towards the protection of all of our players, officials and supporters at the club.
Upon reflection it has been a good first season in charge for me, with a number of highs and lows. It was an extremely challenging start, but one that I wouldn't change for a minute.
I've learned a huge amount in such a short space of time and, from those lessons, I will continue to improve as a Manager.
We had several excellent performances at home, with points taken from AFC Stoneham, Christchurch, Bashley and Lymington Town, to name but a few. On the road we had a superb victory at Hamworthy United, as well as an eventful evening at local neighbours Fleet Town
We also had a couple of memorable cup matches at home when we defeated AFC Portchester in the Wessex League Cup and Royal Wootton Bassett in the FA Vase respectively.
I also felt we were a bit unlucky to go out of the FA Cup away at Southern League side Sholing by a single goal.
Throughout the season I was able to give a number of debuts to several of our younger players and along with the recruitment of some extremely experienced players, the club as a whole was able to grow. I always had the aim of trying to obtain a balanced blend of youth with experience and I believe I achieved that around December time.
We have some hugely exciting players in the squad and it's been a pleasure to coach and manage them all. During the past few days I have spoken to the majority of the current squad to discuss my plans for the future and it's been great to receive such a positive response from them - considering the current circumstances. I believe the foundations are now in place and we can focus on being a force to be reckoned with within the league next season.
Finally, I'd like to pass on my profound thanks to Dean Newton (Secretary) and Chris Hollis (Reserve Team Manager) who have decided to leave the football club during the past week.
They have both helped me enormously with different tasks on a number of occasions and for that, I am forever grateful. For now, the squad, coaching staff and I would like wish you all a healthy break and for you all to stay safe - with our best wishes also going to our excellent NHS Staff.
See you all again soon.