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Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson - 19/04/2019

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.

Apologies for missing last week, but Harry and Calum were on a Kinetic Foundation tour in the USA. So, without further ado, let’s get back to it.

How was your trip to the USA, Harry? How many games did you play?
We landed back in the UK this morning (Good Friday) so it was an extensive and intense thirteen days! We played three MLS u23 teams in Philadelphia Union, DC United and New England Revolution.

Union scored a 96th minute equaliser to draw 1-1, we beat DC United 4-2 and we played the Revs in the massive and impressive Gillette stadium! Inbetween the showcase games we have also faced two US University teams. 

Any Whyteleafe players on the tour?
Yes, we have had Adam Aziz, Tre Daley, Emmanuel Maja, Matt O’Donoghue, Martin Sontan and Dami O (who is signed but yet to make his debut). They have all performed exceptionally well with Adam A and Emmanuel M both scoring unreal goals.

Firstly, let’s go back to our trip to Guernsey. Give us your thoughts on that one?
Relief! In the first half we were poor, really, really poor and I had some choice words at half time. The reaction from the boys was everything and more I could have hoped for and I thought we fully deserved to turn the score line around and win the game.

I think you could tell from the celebrations of the whole squad what Andre’s goal meant to us. We needed to turn the corner following the run we had been on and I’m so pleased for everyone connected to the club that happened. 

How good was it to see some of our fans in Guernsey (you know who you are!)?
Honestly, we were all so pleased to be supported and represented by our fans in such good voice. It meant so much to be able to celebrate with them after the game as well and I hope they enjoyed their evening after! The fans were owed that second half performance and I am proud the boys delivered. 

I know you weren’t at the Sittingbourne game for obvious reasons (I was keeping him updated on WhatsApp!) but that was another good result and players such as Dan Hector, Emmanuel Mensah, Bentley Graham and Helge Orome were really back to their very best.
Thank you for the updates - Football Web Pages was also on constant refresh! It is great to follow up the Guernsey result with another win. We have the chance to finish seventh, which I think would be good achievement for the club and one we can build on for next season. 

Danny Rose was in charge of the dug out on Saturday and did a fine job.
Yes, he truly delivered and I am very grateful for Danny, Billy and Rob’s support since Calum and I have been away. I also want to thank the players for their professionalism and dedication - they are a serious and committed group. 

You also missed what could have been the save of the season from our Tyler against Sittingbourne. Some say the ball hit him, but me and some others are convinced he made a stunning point blank stop. Certainly, the Sittingbourne bench were scratching their heads …
I heard Tyler was exceptional along with a number of others! I will look forward to watching the footage on my plane journey home! 

A busy Easter period, Harry. Kicking off with a trip to Eltham on Easter Saturday when we take on bottom of the league side, Greenwich Borough. Tell us how you see that one.
They are fighting for their lives so it will be a hard game. The pitch isn’t the best down there either so we will have to adapt to get the result we need. I said it before we played them at Church Road though - they have some of the best forward players in the league and on their day, I think they can cause anyone problems.

Finally, on Easter Monday, we entertain Three Bridges at Church Road (3pm). I guess you’ll be looking to overturn the defeat we suffered there earlier in the season? How do you see that game?
Yes, we need to avenge the game that ruined my Christmas! I am surprised Three Bridges have slumped since their results building up to our game against them was play-off form. Playing at Church Road on an Easter Monday should be a great occasion and I am sure our boys will be hoping to put on a show in our last home game of the season. Up the Leafe! 

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