The TT #TUFC Review of 2017 – Part 1 (Jan-April)

@DomRoman – Dominic Roman

JANUARY

“The year starts with a bang at Forest Green, but continues with a whimper as the possibility of another relegation battle looms larger for ‘the Gulls’. Meanwhile Nicho struggles to bring in new arrivals to bolster his small squad”.

Headlines of the Month:

1st – United score 5 at Forest Green and still don’t win! In an amazing game, the home team fight back for a draw. It’s the first ever 5-5 result for the Gulls.

5th – Argyle take Nathan Blissett off our hands for a meagre 15k, which does nothing to boost the new owners popularity.

15th – Any hopes Nicho has of signing Kieffer Moore from Forest Green are dashed, when the striker joins Ipswich Town for 90k.

28th – A miserable month at least finishes with a flourish as Fitzpatrick, Rooney and Williams score to help United beat Gateshead at Plainmoor.

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Somewhere over the rainbow – 28th Jan @ Plainmoor

Results:

1st Jan Forest Green Away 5-5 DRAW7th Boreham Wood Home 0-1 LOST14th Woking Home 1-2 LOST21st Maidstone Away 2-1 LOST28th Gateshead 3-1 WIN

(All National League Fixtures)

Tweet of the Month:

FEBRUARY

“The battle against the drop is real, as United only get one point in a dreadful month for the club. Nicho continues to keep the majority of the fans support, as the Yellow Army aim most of their displeasure at the new owners and our new General Manager”.

Headlines of the Month:

1st – Geoff Harrop returns to the club and is appointed ‘General Manager’.

9th – Young Irishman Ruairi Keating joins TUFC until the end of the season, and as Ronan’s nephew, the Social Media pun machine goes into overdrive!

11th – Sean McGinty salvages a draw for United against Macclesfield, with a second half goal at Plainmoor. A  rare highlight in a bleak 28 days.

25th – An injury to Sutton’s goalkeeper Ross Worner means defender Simon Downer going in goal (pie-eater Wayne Shaw having left!). United fail to capitalise on this and lose 3-2 to cap a terrible month.

 

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Dom Roman Writing for the TUFC Programme

 

Results:

4th Feb Bromley 1-0 Away LOST11th Macclesfield 1-1 Home DRAW18th Barrow 0-0 Away DRAW – 25th Sutton 2-3 Home LOST

(All National League Fixtures)

Tweet of the Month:

MARCH

“The Guiseley defeat is thoroughly depressing, and so is the failure of the club to sign any new players. But two late winners at Southport and Solihull show the lads are still fighting to avoid the drop. Everything to play for as the season comes to a climax”.

Headlines of the Month:

2nd – Clarke Osbourne gives an ‘in-depth’ article on his plans for the club, includes talk of a fan’s forum – whatever happened to that?

3rd – United name former Southampton coach Dave Hedges as ‘Head of Recruitment’

4th – United contrive to lose 2-1 to Guiseley at home, even though the away team have a man sent-off just after half-time. The result leaves us in the relegation zone after 35 games.

11th – An away game at Southport looks to be heading toward a 1-1 draw, when Keating slots home a winner late in the second half to take three 3 very valuable points.

23rd – Fans are rightly dismayed when no new players arrive before the final transfer deadline of the season, Nicho assures them there is enough quality to stay up.

28th – The Yellow Army turn up in big numbers at Solihull to cheer on Nicho’s boys and get their reward when Dan Sparkes scores the only goal late on. A ray of hope in the ongoing fight against relegation.

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Sunshine at Plainmoor – Guiseley 4th March

Results:

4th March – Guiseley 1-2 Home LOST11th Southport 1-2 Away WIN14th Tranmere 0-0 DRAW21st Eastleigh 2-3 Home LOST25th Wrexham 1-1 Away DRAW28th Solihull Moors 0-1 Away WIN

(All National League Fixtures)

Tweet of the Month:

https://twitter.com/lukehunter8/status/845670164230291456

APRIL

“What a rollercoaster month! We look doomed at Lincoln, then win three on the bounce to complete another great escape – with Brett Williams hoisted above heads at the final whistle and fans rejoicing the team (seems like a lifetime ago). Meanwhile off the pitch the Guardian newspaper gets involved and a petition to save Plainmoor receives thousands of signatures”.

Headlines of the Month:

6th – Clarke is back in the questions seat, this time answering Qs from United fans on Nicho, squad budgets and of course a new ground.

14th – United play brilliantly at Lincoln and lead 1-0 through Ruairi. Then it all goes pear-shaped as the leaders score two late goals in response, another agonising loss and many fans believe we are going down.

16th – The Guardian’s Barry Glendinning voices the fears of United fans about GI and calls Clarke Osborne ‘a wrecking ball’. This receives an ill-advised (and bad-tempered) response from the club.

17th – Two goals from Brett Williams breathe new life into United’s season and drag Braintree into trouble as United win 3-1 at Plainmoor.

22nd – The boys travel to Dover and get the job done on a wonderful afternoon. Two terrific goals from Brett again does the trick, and even though Dover score one – the team hold on to take three points home and take us out of the relegation zone.

29th – A big crowd turn up to see United finish off another ‘great escape’ with a comfortable 2-0 win over relegated North Ferriby. Luke Young and Sean McGinty win the Player and Young Player of the Year awards on a sunny day at Plainmoor.

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Staying Up –  Plainmoor 29th April

 

Results:

1st April – Chester 0-1 Home LOST 8th Aldershot 1-1 Away DRAW14th Lincoln Away 2-1 LOST17th Braintree 3-1 Home WIN22nd Dover 1-2 Away WIN29th North Ferriby 2-0 Home WIN

(All National League Fixtures)

Tweet of the Month:

 

 

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