FIVE KEY DISCUSSION POINTS ON YOUR TEAM
1 – NORTH FERRIBY – A JOB STILL TO DO
This is definitely No.1 in this BLOG! The Dover game was great and we celebrated accordingly (and wildly!). BUT there is a JOB STILL TO DO. Nico said it first, and this has been reiterated by Myles already this week; indeed I’m sure it will be repeated again as we get closer to the game. This isn’t a time to relax and think of our summer holidays – and I’m talking about the players and the fans! We must all approach the North Ferriby game with the same focus and intensity that has got us this far – the away team may have already been relegated but that doesn’t mean they will be rolling over for us! This means the boys giving everything once again and the fans getting right behind the team – just like we did on Easter Monday. Let’s get this job done and ensure National League football for another season. Then we can all breathe for a bit!!
2 – GLORIOUS DOVER
If Carlsbery did away trips…. The Dover trip was one of the best I’ve been on. It started for me with an ITV interview at the coach stop (not included on the news though!), beers and songs in the pub beforehand and then another emotional and ultimately glorious game. Watching the highlights this week, Brett’s goals look even better a second time round! The second half strike was a corker; an unstoppable left foot peach that arrowed past the goalkeeper – when you’re hot you’re hot! It was a terrific performance all round really, and I like seeing some nice comments about Harrad on the forums. He was received criticism for lack of goals, but did really well in the second half to close down Dover players and win valuable free kicks – it took the pressure off and helped us close out the victory. Meanwhile the 244 away following sounded more like 1000 I reckon, and it was a pleasure to be in amongst them! Nico getting the manager of the day award was well deserved as the team were set out perfectly, just a shame the picture made him look decidedly Phil Mitchell like (the camera does add 10 lbs apparently!).
3 – THE PLAINMOOR PETITION
The petition set up to safeguard Plainmoor against any sale to GI has exploded! Over 5k signatures last time I looked with the help from TalkSport (including Jim Proudfoot), Ex-players and the wonderful ‘Yellow Army’ kicking it on brilliantly. I love that the ‘strength in adversity’ attitude has brought TUFC supporters together, and that can only be a good thing. This is OUR CLUB after all.
Below is the link, shared by our very own Northern Gull – Luke Hunter:
4 – AMAN VERMA
It’s been a proper team effort recently – everyone has mucked in for Nico, including Verms in the engine room. I’ve been fairly critical of his performances this season, but recently the deputising skipper has really turned things around; stepping up to the plate and leading by example. Winning challenges in the midfield, leaping for headers and keeping things simple with the ball – its been terrific to see him roll up his sleeves and say “we are not done”. The performance he put in on Saturday was exemplary in every aspect, and alongside Luke, the two of them arm wrestled Dover to inspire us to 3 points. This shows what Nico has been saying all along – with the right attitude and commitment you will be rewarded. I just wish we could have found it earlier!
5 – DEFENCE
Most of the season the fans have rightly been bemoaning the loss of MacDonald, Butler, Smith and Berry – a foursome that made up a tough back four during 2015-16.
However our latest back line have been tremendous in the run-in:
McGinty – I think we all know Sean is a capable defender, and a possible league player if he can cut out errors and improve his distribution. He has been immense in recent games, a regular contender for MOM.
Anderson – Myles has quietly got on with things since joining, and is certainly brave in throwing his head and feet at anything in the box! He’s a player who may end of staying….providing NL safety is secured.
LRT – Turner really struggled earlier in the season and let criticism from the Pop affect his play. Credit to him though; Lathaniel has got his head down and been consistently good in recent weeks.
GG – Gallifuoco is showing real maturity this season. Before Xmas he was error prone and lacking concentration – well no more! He has been excellent both at centre back and right back – a real bonus for Nico.