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Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson

Leafe gaffer Harry Hudson brings us up to date with his thoughts on the two recent matches, first team goings on and forthcoming matches, all from his sick-bed, after being struck down by a nasty bout of flu. Here’s an amended version of last week’s Gaffer’s Chat updated to include Tuesday's match.

Harry, a scrappy game last Saturday at home to Three Bridges although at times we looked very dominant. However, three points is three points? From around minute 15 minutes onwards I thought we were very good in the first half and totally dominant. We created chances, pinned them back and deserved our 2-0 lead at HT. Second half they came out strong and pulled one back which got their tails up – once we scored our third the game was over. I was disappointed with our second half performance though and the boys were aware of that. We seem to struggle when we are 2-0 up at half time!

On Tuesday evening we entertained Sittingbourne Town FC at Church Road. A nail-biter right until the end. Great to get the winning goal well into injury time? Yes it was great to nick it right at the end. Again we started the game well and should have been more than 1-0 up when we conceded a really poor goal from our point of view. We have been much better recently and that was the type of sloppy goal which we have stopped giving away and it seemed to knock us off our stride. The second half was a right ding dong and neither team did enough to win the game in my opinion but, of course, we will take the three points!

Young Corie Andrews has looked sharp again in recent matches. He got the winner on Tuesday, of course, adding finishing to his undoubted skills? Yes, he is really hitting some form at a critical time for us. Really pleased for the lad and I thought he was a real threat against Sittingbourne.

We were on the road again on Saturday, with Calum in charge, to take on Faversham Town.  They’ve changed managers again recently and they’ve been struggling in the league but it sounds like they put up a spirited fight? Yes from what I gather it was a tight game on a challenging pitch. We had a really big chance which their keeper saved but apparently a draw was a fair result. We were missing six massive players for us so to pick up a point away from home is something to build upon – we have only conceded two goals in our last five league games now.

Although 0-0 might seem disappointing, thanks to other results going our way, it moved us up to fourth place in the league. In the play-off spots, too! That must cheer you up a bit, Harry?
Certainly, results went in our favour on Saturday and it is great to see Leafe in 4th place – our job is to stay in there and start to look up now rather than down.

This Tuesday (Dec 10) evening to visit WhitehawkFC in Brighton, who sit one place and four points above us in the league. Relegated from BetVictor Prem last season they had a shaky start to life back in our division, but they’ve been flying lately? Should be a great game? Yes, they are in wonderful league form winning their last six so they will be full of confidence.

I do believe we’re still struggling with walking wounded? Similarly, I speak for all Leafe fans and wish you a speedy recovery. Yes, it is a massive problem for us at the moment but we have a good squad and players like Corie, Junior and Sontan are starting to find form at the right time. I am still housebound at the moment but I will be doing my utmost to attend!

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