Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson - 23/03/2019
Whyteleafe FC committee member and motoring journalist, Steve Hole, sits down for his weekly chat with Leafe boss, Harry Hudson, for a round-up of the latest developments and results. This week, Harry reviews last Saturday’s defeat away to Haywards Heath Town FC and looks forward to this week’s home game, when we entertain Whitstable Town FC (March 23 – 3pm), while he also talks about other Leafe matters.
Harry, another bitter pill to swallow last Saturday at Haywards Heath. How did you see it?
I was very pleased with the first half performance - we played well and dominated the ball while also creating good opportunities. It was good to see our team perform the Leafe way. However, as good as we were in the first half we were as bad in the second period. I’m unsure if we even came out of the changing room in the second half. We worked so hard in the first half against the wind to get ourselves ahead but we threw it all away.
There were some reasons to be cheerful, though? Some of the football in the first half was good?
Yes, as mentioned above, in the first half we played well and looked like our old selves again.
Ashley Robinson’s rehabilitation continues. He looked lively in the first half on Saturday and had an assist for our goal. He gives you another option? Ash was excellent first half and he has undoubted quality - He will score goals and contribute with assists, which is so hard to find at our level.
Great also to see Dan Hector return last weekend. He made a difference? Hector is another player who has so much quality and he fits our style perfectly. It was so pleasing to see him back in a Leafe shirt, again.
For what seems like the first game home in ages, we entertain Whitstable Town at Church Road this Saturday afternoon. How do you see this one? Whitstable are in a great bit of form and destroyed VCD 4-1 on Tuesday evening. They are a physical team who play towards their strengths. It will be a clash of cultures but I am extremely pleased to be back at home!
Our goalkeeper Tyler McCarthy, who has been in fantastic form, is unavailable this week. I understand that an old Leafe favourite, Sheik Ceesay is deputising? He’s a good lad and a superb shot-stopper.
Yes, we are grateful for Sheik stepping in!
Did I hear a whisper that our captain, Nathan Campbell might be back this Saturday?
Yes, we have everything crossed and are hopeful!
What about his central defensive partner, Corey Holder, who broke his arm a few weeks ago? What’s the news on him? Hopefully, Corey will have his cast off next week and may be in contention for next Saturday’s home game against, Herne Bay. To have those two back at the middle of our defence will make a HUGE difference to us. Before Nathan got injured we had the joint best defensive record in the league. Since that partnership has changed we definitely haven’t been the same.
I hear that our Bentley Graham might be out for the rest of the season, though? What’s he done?
Bents has a groin problem which he has been nursing for a while and it got a lot worse against Hythe, recently. We are going to monitor his situation and hope that he will be back in a Leafe shirt this season but we are not sure yet.
I’m hiding behind my hands but you might as well round up the rest of the injury news, please.
Clean bill of heath! Physio Stevie has had her feet up this week! Let’s hope it stays that way!