So here we are again.
We’re off to Hemel Hempstead to start off the league with an entirely new team, off the back of a relegation battle and zero pre-season friendly wins.
It’s safe to say expectations are low.
Generally fans of other clubs are not rating our chances, with many expecting us to be relegated. There’s probably a few of our own fans who think the same.
On the other hand, we’re optimistic (not that we have a choice). There’s no certainties in football, especially not at this level. You only have to look at our 15/16 season to see how unpredictable things can get. Solid league performance and a great FA Cup run to near relegation zone to the playoffs.
Last season obviously doesn’t bode well, with this one starting in a similar vein of an overhauled squad. Meanwhile Torres and Mills have offed too.
Today won’t tell us too much. A win won’t mean we’ve proved everyone wrong, and a loss won’t prove anyone right. What it does mean is the beginning of months of stress, joy, anticipation, coaches, and trains. We’re hoping at least though that we’ll have a stable enough team to learn some names this time.
No matter what happens we’ll be there all the way making dumb jokes and waving flags. Win or lose, we have more fun than you.
Last Saturday saw our first game of the new season as we took on Worthing. Two different squads were sent out for each half with the latter certainly the stronger. The 1-1 draw was deserved, but there was some great signs of talents amongst the players. We also got to see some of the new signings from the U18s on the pitch.
Obviously there is still a long way to go. Once the pre-season is over and we have a team, there’s still the issue of getting them playing together. Jimmy Dack has certainly got his hands full with essentially an entirely new team to sort out.
On our side, it took a bit of warming up to get back into the swing of chanting, but once we were back in the Din for the second half it was all go. Worthing’s keeper was a good sport throughout too.
In other news, we’ll have the club shop open on August 12th for out first weekend home league game. To start off we’ll be selling scarves, along with the Din Monthly and some other bits and bobs. If all goes well, we’ll begin to start stocking more types of merch. We’re particularly aiming to get the tie die shirt back out again.
NEXT GAME: BURGESS HILL vs WHITEHAWK
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