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Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson - 22/02/2019

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.

This week Harry talks about last week’s defeat at home to VCD Athletic. The old cliché ‘football is a funny old game’ certainly applies to that one. Before Ricardo Thompson was sent off we looked to be dominating possession and could have been four up….

Harry looks forward to this Saturday’s (February 23 – 3pm) away trip to Faversham Town.


Even though we play in the Bostik League South East division, thirteen of our away trips involves trips into various parts of Kent. This got me wondering how many road miles that Harry and the boys will have covered by season’s end.

Therefore, I decided to work it out! Someone had to. I can’t help myself! It might surprise you to learn that away trips will add up to a total of 1231-miles according to Google Maps using Church Road as the starting point. It also shows that Guernsey FC is 217-miles from our home ground.

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 HERE or Karen Muir HERE. I hope Tesco don’t get the hump but, remember, ‘Every Little Helps!’ Anyway, they don’t run football teams!

Harry, a disappointing result against VCD Athletic last Saturday. A 4-1 defeat at home, on the face of it, sounds like a battering, although anyone who was there could tell otherwise. We could have been at least two up before Ricardo’s sending off. If Marvin’s bullet-shot had gone top corner – where it looked like it was headed – he might have challenged his own goal of the season! What are your thoughts on this one?
The first ten minutes was even but after that I thought we took control for the remainder of the first half.
We created numerous good opportunities which we failed to convert into goal scoring chances. Then the decisive moment of the game just before half time with the sending off and penalty. It was the culmination of the worst circumstances of conceding a goal; before half time, against the run of play from a penalty and getting a man sent off. We didn’t recover at all from that which was disappointing.
To compound our misery, we basically played the last 1fifteen minutes with nine men as Corey broke his arm. Not a good day at the office! 

This Saturday we head for Kent again and Faversham Town. It was a comfortable win in the home fixture against them before Christmas. How do you see this one?
They have improved drastically from then and have competed very well against some top teams recently. They have signed Liam King who is a player I have always admired and we will have to be on form to get a result. Certainly, a tough away fixture. 

A fan has asked me to ask you what your favourite ground - as a manager - is?
Apart from Church Road, obviously. Haha. I love the surface at Sevenoaks but the atmosphere at Hastings is probably the best, for me.

You sprung another new signing on us last week. Can you tell us more about Dylan Florance, please?
He is a forward who was a scholar at Dagenham & Redbridge where he was prolific. This season he started at Maidstone in the National League and has had a couple clubs since then. 

I’ll whisper this, but what’s the latest injury report? I don’t think it’s good, is it?
No, not good! Corey’s arm is in plaster and Bentley has a groin problem. Nathan is still 3 - 4 weeks away as is Junior.  At least Andre should be able to play on Saturday, though, so that is a positive! 
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