It’s been a few weeks since my last update and wanted to take time to give my thoughts on the last few weeks. It’s been a very good start to the season with 4 league wins and a win in the East of Scotland that has taken us to the top of the league and into the next round of the cup. I’ve been really pleased with the start we have made and as I said to the players after Saturdays game they deserve all the credit for this. It’s important for me to recognise them publicly as they may say I have a tendency to be a bit critical, or how I would put it demanding. I will reiterate what I say to the players that I believe at times in games we have been excellent but equally I don’t think we have reached the levels I know we are capable of over a sustained period during games. Some people may say, and some have, that I may be being a bit unreasonable given we have won 5 games and scored 20 home goals in 4 home games in the process. I know how hard we all work at the club and I just want to keep seeing us improve and better ourselves. I have got a fantastic group of players who work so hard and have really bought into the way we want them to play, which as a brand new team isn’t always the case. As important as it is to recognise the players, it’s equally important to stress that there is a very long way to go and no one is getting carried away with a good start. There are 20 league games to play and some very good teams in the league this year so we will ensure we take each game as it comes and prepare properly as we always do.
I want to also take the opportunity to recognising some of our younger players. In the first team we have some really talented young players, Lewis Hawkins, Darren McGrath, Hamish Hunter and of course Ben Miller. The latter being an ever present so far this season and I often forget how young Ben is. All 4 have each played their part so far this season and I’m really excited to see them continue to develop and grow as the season goes on. On the subject of youth it’s also been great to see the progress being made by some of the younger players in our U21 and U19 teams this season. Notably Arron, Elliott and Jack from our U21’s and most recently Brandon and Scott from our U19 side with all 5 players having been in and around the first team so far this season. There are a lot of other good players at the club and I’m sure there will be others next in line to gain first team experience. I want to say a huge well done to these lads, take confidence from it and build on this with your respective teams which I’m positive you will. I would also like to thank the management team at U21 and U19 level, it’s great to see the club integrate your players into my squad as this is the model we are all working towards, there is a carrot there to progress if players are delivering with their own sides.
I want to end my update with a big thanks to everyone involved at the club for their hard work to date and also our supporters who have steadily been returning to Foresters. I am sure they would agree that we try to play football in the right manor and hope they are enjoying what they are seeing. I believe we have taken some real positive strides forward in the last few months and that’s down to every single person at the club. I have a committee that support me and the players to the hilt and it’s something that is not always acknowledge. Again, we have a long way to go and I will ensure we all work our socks off and the rest will take care of itself.
We continue the season with a tough away game against Whitburn on Saturday. Great to see that we are taking a bus through and the interest from supporters has been great. If you want a seat, please let one of the committee members know and we will arrange this. Hope to see you there!