Green & White Optimism

Something fishy happened this last week. The tide could well be turning at Huish Park. Crazy, I know. With a brilliant performance against Villa in the EFL cup being the potential catalyst. The match, which aired live on Sky Sports was fast paced, exciting and full of drama. It seems bizarre for me to be writing in such words when talking about Yeovil. Ever since the dreadful appointment of Sturrock, results have been below par and the style of football has been slow, defensive and boring.

Admittedly, when Darren Way came in, optimism brewed but was quickly snubbed when the style of play was equally, if not more dull than Sturrock’s. I remember posting on Ciderspace stating as such and most punters agreed. Darren Way stayed put, which frustrated many, but with hindsight, is proving to be the right decision. Despite his lack of resources, Darren Way’s enthusiasm and passion make him look a very promising manager. He just needs more backing from the board.

This brings me on to the current wave of optimism at the Park. Darren has now had time to reshape and to be honest totally build a new squad. Sessi D’Almeida and Alex Fisher could be vital signings in filling in for crucial departures. Keeping hold of Sowunmi arguably the most vital bit of business. The Villa performance was one which showed huge improvements, chiefly defensively, which has of course been the achilles heel. Alex Fisher looks a constant goal threat and an imposing target sure to trouble back lines all season. I think it is a real shame, however, that our kit is so hideous this year. It is so ‘village’. The make ‘TAG Sports’ is the sort of brand Manton Village Casuals would be using. Awful. I really thought it couldn’t get worse than Sondico. Plus, it is £40 for a home shirt on the online store. Yuck.

Fishy, as he is being nicknamed, followed up with a hat-trick against Notts County on Friday. Showing he also has the bottle to put the ball in the net when the chances arise. A trait perhaps picked up at Motherwell: The Steelmen have a good attacking record in the SPL; scoring more goals than Hearts last season. 

The 4-0 Notts County win could have been somewhat ‘freakish’, however. Although favourites for promotion, it is clear Nolan is having problems and is at the centre of a lot of supporter anger at the club. Despite their terrible performance, Town still had to put the ball in the net. They did. 4 times. This is the kind of mentality that will push Yeovil forward this season. Players not only pouring everything out for the club, but with the correct proffesionalism to see off games we should be winning. Darren Way perhaps learning something from Bobby Wilkinson who employs what I refer to as ‘Goodger’ tactics when in front. Although, somehow I doubt Darren Way is spending an awful lot of time following Wealdstone in the VNS.

We can’t run before we can walk, and there is a long season ahead, but for the time being, I can say with confidence that if we keep performing like that we will be safe, and could even push ourselves into the top half.

Hungerford have had a contrasting and somewhat baffling start to the season. Lacking in finances and resources, the starting 11 has been patched together at the last minute by Spud Herring. A fantastic performance against Wealdstone has been succeeded by a 6-0 defeat at home to Chelmsford and a 4-0 defeat away at Concord. It seems clear that getting points on the road is going to be difficult. This makes it more important to make Bulpit Lane more of a fortress. Keeping Harvey Bradbury, Ramone Rose and James Rusby fit is imperative in my eyes. Stability in defence and goal threats on the counter are imperative in squeezing out results; something which the Crusaders will rely on doing this season. I hope to get along to the next few home games, but at the moment it is too early to call if this is a team with enough fight to grind out the points needed to remain in the VNS.

It seems fitting that I have just seen, after writing this, that Alex Fisher has been named in the EFL team of the week. Well done to Alex and I look forward to seeing him play more this season.

Ciao for now.

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