Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson
Harry, let’s look back a week or so and talk about the Sevenoaks league game? After the chastening defeat against Cray, the week before it was good to eke out a hard fought away victory especially was due to injuries you had to field two seventeen year olds (Lesley Duru and Dami Olorunnisome), both, I hasten to add playing out of position. What are your thoughts on that one?
Moving on seven days and last Saturday’s home victory against struggling Faversham Town was a pleasing result? There are signs too that a few players are back in top form, like Matt O’Donoghue. If anyone deserved a goal this season, it was Matt?
Ryan Gondoh was on fire - AGAIN?
Talking of ‘on fire’ - let's have your views on goalkeeper Tyler McCarthy’s form lately. He’s made some breathtaking saves? Good for the defence’s confidence - not to mention the gaffer’s, no doubt! - to have someone so dominant as Tyler behind them?
I think it would be good if each week we focus one player for a bit of special attention. Let’s kick off by talking about young Dami Olorunissome for a minute or two? You stuck him in earlier in the season as injury cover and although clearly talented he looked quite nervous. Not sure what’s happened in those intervening months but the lad has been playing out of skin when you’ve had to call on him in recent games. There were a couple of Sevenoaks fans who were asking after our young centre back when we played them….fact he was playing out of position and looked so accomplished suggests a bright future in football for him, Harry? He seems like a really nice, personable lad too?
With Mannie Mensah injured, you moved to sign the talented Alistair Gordon from VCD Athlietic as cover last week. He played well agisn Faversham and seemed to fit right in. Can you tell us more about Alistair?
Let’s now move on to Tuesday evening’s (Feb 18) Surrey Senior Cup second round tie away to Badshot Lea of the Combined Counties League. You stuck out a strong side for that one, Harry? Good result, too.
Quick word for Badshot Lea. They look a neat and tidy side and pinged the ball around nicely at times? I thought they were a good side with some really bright young players. I am sure they will have a good season ahead.
It must be good for you and Calum to see us looking more clinical against lower placed teams in cup games nowadays? Yeah, we put them to the sword in the second half and finished the game early on which is what we asked for.
We move on to a shorter away trip to our local rivals, Chipstead in the next round now. They pushed us close in the Velocity Trophy earlier in the season. Should be a good local derby with a semi-final place awaiting the winners?
How do you see this Saturday’s (Feb 22) home game when we welcome Ramsgate FC to Church Road (3pm)? I guess above all you’ll be looking for a bit of payback after they beat us at their place 3-1 earlier in the season?
Ex-East Grinstead boss, Matt Longhurst is in charge at Ramsgate now?