Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson
After an amazing gap of 59-days without a league game, Whyteleafe finally returned to BetVictor Isthmian South East league action against Ramsgate last Saturday. Gaffer, Harry Hudson brings us up to date with that result and other Leafe business of the week.
Harry, I didn’t make the Ramsgate game but talking to you since, you definitely weren’t happy? What went wrong? Unfortunately I do not think it was one particular thing but we were truly awful on the day – I would go as far as saying it was the worst performance I have ever been manager for at senior level football. Ramsgate had a plan to frustrate us and we played straight into their hands – as the game went on we got worse and worse and they fully deserved their win. It was certainly a day to forget and I would like to apologise to the fans who made the long trip – our performance was unacceptable.
We put it right on Tuesday evening in the home game against Burgess Hill Town, though? We certainly looked more like ourselves again thankfully! Albeit some poor defending at times, but we looked a real threat going forward and on another day could have scored a few more. Our tempo and intensity was back and we worked the ball well at times.
New signing, Peter Wedgeworth, seems like an exciting acquisition? He impressed the fans on his debut against Burgess Hill and almost scored, too? Where has he come from? 'Wedge' has come to us from Merstham where he was club captain this year. Prior to that he won promotion with Tooting and Mitcham. We have been looking for a left-sided defender for a long time and 'Wedge' most certainly fits that bill and some! He has a fantastic left foot which we all against Burgess Hill – big coup for us.
Versatile defender, Helge Orome is also officially back at the Leafe, again? He’s sure styling those gold-rimmed glasses out mate? Helge is a great player and a fantastic person who is a great addition to his squad – not just for his fashion sense!
On a more serious note, we have two home games coming up fast. First, this Saturday (November 2 – Church Road – 3pm) we entertain Phoenix Sports. They had a shaky start to the season but have recovered well and currently sit in fifth place. Thoughts on this one, Harry? They are in fantastic form and have really picked up since their poor start. They have very exciting forward players, including Lauris Chin who was with me for the past two seasons, and they will be a threat on Saturday. Both teams play on the front foot and I am sure it will be an exciting game!
Then, next Tuesday evening (November 5 – Church Road – 7.45pm) we’re in action again, this time entertaining our closest senior rivals, Chipstead in a group game in the Velocity Trophy. Are you hoping for a bonfire night extravaganza with plenty of fireworks? Let’s hope the game goes with a bang and we set off like a rocket? I love the puns in there, Steve! Yes it is a huge game for the club getting to play our local rivals. Lets hope for big crowd and a great performance from the boys!
Will you have a full-strength squad to choose from for Saturday? We have a number of players who have niggling injures which we will have to monitor on Thursday – some players will be touch and go.
Finally, you are re-scheduling the Supporters Meeting for Saturday, November 16 straight after the East Grinstead game in the boardroom? Yes, please, and I hope the supporters can attend and we can outline our plans for the coming season ahead. It is a long old season and we will need all the help we can get!