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Nigel L

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A tale of two seasons   Message 49083Wed, 24 April 2019 11:18  

We have played 87 games since returning to the Premier level.

The first season and a half, 66 games, saw constant changes of playing personnel, no continuity and chaotic performances ranging from occasionally being pretty good to often being embarrassingly poor. This has cost the Club money - many gave up as it seemed there would be no end to the instability.

But what a change there has been since we finally assembled a skilful and hard working group of players that, crucially, have matured into an effective and coherent squad.

Compare and contrast these stats:-

2017/18 and 2018/2019 (first 20 games)

66 Games
22 Won
8 Drawn
36 Lost
74 Points
1.1 Points/game

115 Goals for
168 Goals against
-53 Goal difference

2018/19 (last 21 games)

21 Games
11 Won
6 Drawn
4 Lost
39 Points
1.9 Points/game

39 Goals for
21 Goals against
+18 Goal difference

To extrapolate these numbers to the 41 games played to date in the current season ...

With the various old squads, we'd be in 20th place on 46 points with a -33 goal difference. We would be relying on winning at Weymouth and Walton losing at Merthyr on Saturday to avoid relegation.

With the current squad we'd be in 5th place on 76 points with a +35 goal difference. So, in the play offs!


While it's a shame that it took so long, we are back on the right track. A big thanks to all - on the pitch and off - who have made this happen.

Let's test Weymouth to the utmost this Saturday, have a good break and return in July with the same commitment and focus that has been on show since last December. C'mon the Boro'!

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