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Gaffer's Chat with Harry Hudson - 28/02/2019

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 away at Faversham Town FC, a disappointing one-nil loss, and this Saturday’s home fixture at Church Road (3pm) when we entertain Ashford United.

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

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

You can’t be too upset about last week’s defeat at Faversham Town, Harry? The old footie cliché ‘patched-up’ definitely applies to the side you put out. Missing non-league centre-backs of the calibre of Nathan Campbell, Corey Holder and Ricardo Thompson would hurt any team.
Yes, we were certainly missing some integral players for us but we still did more than enough to win the football match. Faversham had two shots in 90 minutes and won the game 1-0 – Tyler hasn’t even made a save in the match. We missed some glorious chances and Faversham defended resolutely and saw the game out to gain the three points.  We are in rut at the moment and lacking a bit of confidence in front of goal but we all believe that will change – starting on Saturday! If we ever got level on against Faversham, I think we would have gone on to win the game but it wasn’t to be and we go again. 

Looking on the bright side, we are still nicely placed in sixth, with the nicer weather on the way, while other results lately have gone in our favour?
Yes, we are lucky that the other teams around us also dropped points and we did not lose
ground. That being said though that also presents an opportunity dropped to catch back up points and force our way back into the play off places.

You are having cruel luck with injuries lately, though?
We have been unlucky with Cam, Corey, Bentley, Andre, Junior and Hector being injured and Saturday was compounded with suspensions and unavailable players due to two different weddings – the wonders of non-league! We can only control what we can control though and feeling sorry for ourselves will not help. We have a very good squad and we all need to pull together to turn this form around.

A word about the makeshift defence on Saturday? I thought Helge played a real captain’s role and stepped up as you expect him to, while it was great to see Scott Day back again, even though he was forced to play as an emergency centre half? The lad tried his heart out.
I agree, Helge and Scott were fantastic! We know Scott can play there and in my opinion it was his best game for us this year! It is brilliant to have Scott back this season and I am sure he will have a big part to play.

We face fifth-placed Ashford United at home this Saturday. How do you see that one?
It was a very tight game away at their place and I expect another close game on Saturday. They have some excellent players and we will need to be good to stop them hurting us but we are capable of achieving this. After an excellent run though Ashford have lost their last two games like us so both teams are under pressure to secure a result – a draw is not really any good for either team!

Latest new signing, Daniel Bennett, hails from Walton Casuals, I believe? What can you tell us about him? Benno is someone we have been chasing for over a year now and someone we have long admired. He is a forward with real quality who, when fit and firing, can score 20 goals and year and assist another 20. He adds the ability to pick the final pass or finish, which is something we have been lacking this year.

Did I see that Daniel Hogan has signed for Horsham?
They were short on options in central midfield and we could not guarantee Hogan the minutes he deserves because he is a fantastic footballer. We wish him well for the future.

I feel a bit un-easy asking you about injuries this week? I’m hiding under the table but what is the injury situation for this Saturday? No, don’t throw that cup at me …
Lol of course not! Bentley is touch and go but we are hopeful. Andre came through 20 minutes last week with no issues so he will be pushing for a start which is a huge boost. We have Coxy (Stefan Cox) and Jamie McGeoghegan back and also Ricardo so we will be better equipped this week – fingers crossed and touch wood!

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