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Gaffer's Chat With Harry Hudson


Harry, really pleasing result last Saturday at home to Ramsgate. You managed to pay them back for beating us earlier in the season? Some good performances? Yes, apart from a mad fifteen-minute spell, I thought we were dangerous and should have made the game a lot easier for ourselves. The three points is all that matters at this stage of the season though, and in truth, the scoreline made the game seem closer than it actually was, in my opinion. 

From a fans point of view, it was great to see us dig in when we went behind and then go on to secure the win? Maybe last season, we may have folded when they went ahead? Some good work from you and Calum, there! It was great character from the boys to come back from a challenging period which saw us go behind. The lads are all a year older now and don’t seem to panic as much when things aren’t going our way which is going to be important for the remainder of the season. 

There seems to be a great team-spirit in the dressing room? The boys seem really happy? I think so and four wins on the bounce certainly helps with that! Alistair ‘Ali’ Gordon and Ryan Gondoh have had a really positive impact on the changing room as well. 

What a performance from Andrew Sesay (in the first half, in particular) against Ramsgate? At times he was un-playable? What are your thoughts? He has done that against us a number of times in the past season and a half so we know how good he can be and he has shown that in his first two games for us - long may it continue!

Freddie Parker’s winner was a stunner? One of the best goals we’ve seen at Church Road this season?
It was an outstanding finish and he deserved his goal - Freddie has been exceptional in recent weeks. 

OK, time to do our little extra focus on a particular player. This week, we’ll go indepth on JAMIE MCGEOGHEGAN. What we fans like about the bloke is that he a trier and he seems to have grown into his centre-back role this season. He displays a calm head and never really looks flustered. 

I’ve marked him down as an early shout for player of the season! Oh and we also like him because he’s a GENUINELY nice bloke. Tell us your thoughts on Jamie please Harry and where he’s played before, if you will. Jamie has become one of the first names on the teamsheet and has fully warranted that role with our squad. Jamie was in the academy system in Scotland throughout his teenage years before moving away from his ‘home’. He has subsequently played in Australia and I met him when he was playing for Croydon FC. He has proven himself to be more than capable of playing at this level and seems to be getting better and better! 

Finally, I know football managers are like farmers and always see a problem or three (!) but for a change you might well have a nice one coming? Picking an eleven out of say, seventeen players. The boys that have been covering for injuries in recent weeks have played? You’re right, Steve, It will be very difficult! Mannie and Ric will return next week and add further competition for a starting birth. I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think we currently have the best squad we have ever had during my time Whyteleafe at our disposal. 

Harry, we’re back in action for the first time in two weeks, this Saturday (March 6) when we welcome Hythe to Church Road (3pm). We drew 2-2 at their place earlier in the season, and since then they’ve improved greatly. Your view on this match, please? When we played them before our second-half performance was one of the worst we have delivered this season and we threw away two points.  Hythe are an experienced, physical team, who are direct and difficult to play against. It will be a clash of cultures and we will need to assert our style on the game to come away with the three points. The amount of postponements is affecting every team in non-league at the moment, which is frustrating as we had started to build some momentum but we need to pick up where we left off and keep our play-off ambitions very much alive!

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