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Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson - 09/03/2019

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. As honest as ever Harry looks back at last week's home defeat to Ashford and discusses the away trip this Saturday (March 9) to Hythe Town.

Great to see that all-round good egg Greg Barber has volunteered to boss the '12th Man Fund'. I'll let him tell us more:

"After a very informative meeting with Harry Hudson after the recent Phoenix home game, some of us agreed to set up a 12th Man Fund to help out with the first team budget. Some of our players actually don't receive much, if anything, for playing for us and we think this is a good way to raise a few quid.

The money raised will go directly to Harry to help supplement his budget. We are asking fans to set-up a small monthly standing order to help fund the team. Up The Leafe..."

Well said, Greg. Any questions contact Greg at gbarber3@ntlworld.com

Another tough week, Harry and it's best not to talk about refereeing decisions but I thought Brian Davis' stat in the match report was very relevant. Seven of Saturday's starting eleven had less than twenty combined appearances. You really are on the end of a bad run of injuries at the moment. That must be hard to deal with?

Yes, it has been a trying time but we have been prepared for games, with players who are more than capable to achieving the desired results, unfortunately we have fallen short in recent weeks.
The biggest issue we have had to face is games without the 'core' of our team in Nathan, Corey and Bentley. The players that have come in are excellent young players but we have missed the leadership and character of those three at critical times. We must focus on our performances and believe that the results will follow once we get this right. In the last three games, we have always fallen behind and struggled to drag ourselves back into the game. Going down to 10 men in two of those games has also absolutely killed us - we are not good enough to play 11v10 against our promotion challengers.

Were Ashford as good as they looked or did the sending off and patched up side flatter them?

I thought Ashford had improved since we played them earlier on in the season and Tommy has now got them playing how he wants them to. I was very impressed with Parish, Hassler and Corne throughout the game. However, to go down 2-0 within four minutes is appalling and will drastically change any football match. We managed to get ourselves back into the game but then got a man sent off when we were in the ascendency, which hit us again. Despite limiting any further damage until half time to come out and concede within 30 seconds of the second half beggars belief - I was not best pleased to say the least.

There were some positives though? Once again, Scott Day playing as an emergency centre back was outstanding again?
Yes, I didn't think that we lacked effort or motivation and players who were playing out of position were fantastic.

How good was goalkeeper Tyler McCarthy, by the way? Some of his saves were superb. The Ashford bench were shaking their heads in disbelief a couple of times...
Tyler was awesome and made some outstanding saves and rightfully received his man of the match award.

Let's look at the positives. Onwards and upwards. How do you see this week's trip to Kent and the match against Hythe Town (Reachfields Stadium, CT21 6JS - 3PM)?
Hythe are similar to us as they are also on a bad run of form and, from reading an article on their website, have admitted defeat in their play-off aspirations. I believe the shackles will be off them and that makes them a potentially dangerous opponent with the firepower they have in their forward positions (Zak Ansah). We need to focus on our performances and the results will follow - hopefully starting this Saturday.  

What's the injury situation this week, Harry?
Bentley is closing in on a return as is Junior and Andre has come through 70 minutes last week
unscathed. We have had to make changes to our squad this week though based on our recent results so it has been a busy week for me and Calum. 

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