TT TALKING POINTS
Joe Uglow – @Joe_Ugs
Joe discusses talking points from the win at Weymouth
90 minute performance
Only the second real 90 minute performance from the lads this season (the other being Wealdstone at home). You might say it was only Weymouth, but don’t forget we struggled past Dover and were well beaten by Barnet and Aldershot after poor second halves. The 2-1 score line might indicate a close affair but it was far from it. In the first half Moore and Lapslie missed two gilt edged chances and there was no let up in the second half as we hit the bar 3 times, with Armstrong also missing when 1 on 1 with the keeper. Weymouth could have had no complaints if we’d scored 5 or 6.
Tougher challenges will come, starting with Stockport next Saturday but 90 minutes of effort and energy is all the Yellow Army ask for and we certainly got that on Saturday.
He had his doubters last season, myself included, and I wouldn’t have been disappointed if he moved on in the summer. Thank god he didn’t, because we’d be in a real relegation battle without him. Taking his tally to 16 goal involvements (9 goals, 7 assists) this season Armani was central to everything good about United’s display on Saturday.
Had Moore and Lapslie scored in the first half he’d have had a couple more assists to add to his tally as well.
There could be an argument to say he performs even better without CLE in the side and with Lapslie & Hall marshalling the midfield alongside him, Connor might have to take a spot on the bench when he returns from isolation.
Although Weymouth were incredibly poor and looked a very limited side, their No. 8 Omar Mussa was very impressive and it was a surprise (but a relief) to see him taken off on the 70th minute. Hopefully Gary may be tempted to make an enquiry on his availability!
The Yellow Army
Another fantastic turn out from the Yellow Army. Despite only seeing 1 win all season on the road, to take over 400 to Barnet, 250 to Aldershot on a Tuesday night, and something like 600 to Weymouth is a brilliant away following, and finally we were rewarded with a performance on the pitch to match! Hopefully the level of performance will continue to match the brilliant backing off the pitch over the festive period at Eastleigh and Yeovil!
Season of transition
After last season it’s hard not to get disappointed about how poorly the season has gone so far but I’m now resigned to the fact that we aren’t probably going to make a late dart for the play offs and a season of mid-table mediocrity beckons.
By the end of the season I’d be very surprised if Dover, Kings Lynn and Weymouth don’t make up the bottom three and so you’d like to think we should have enough about us to avoid being drawn into a relegation battle.
Thinking back to the 2019/20 season when we last had a mid-table finish that was a season where the likes of Kyle Cameron, Armani Little, Joe Lewis & Ben Wynter became accustomed to the National League and If we get nothing else from this season then perhaps players like Keelan O’Connell, Dan Martin, Klaidi Lolos use this season to get up to scratch as well. Let’s hope the following season is as exciting as it was last time and we really kick on next year!
COYY – Joe