By Graham Speechley-Price | Monday 25th August 2014


Before I express my disappointment at our performance I would like to pass on my
condolences to the family and friends of Dave Knighton. Dave was a fantastic
footballer and part of the very successful team assembled by Derek Binns, he was
also a true gentleman.

Today I welcomed Andy Darnton back in the dugout alongside me due to his previous
commitments being fulfilled. I was hoping he would get to enjoy the massive steps
forward we had been taking during recent games but unfortunately that wasn’t to be
the case. Injuries and other commitments removed our complete backline (Brad
Morris compassionate grounds, Jamie Thoroughgood  dislocated shoulder, Matt
Oldring work, Chris Hall holiday) add Connor Cullingford our holding midfielder and
Ryan Ferguson we were really down to our bare bones. Having said all that we still
expected better individual performances than we got today and the opportunity was
there for players to stake a claim.

We set up to attack Wimborne but unfortunately all too often we misplaced passes
and lacked composure. This resulted in unnecessary pressure being placed on the
team and meant we defended more than we attacked. The penalty was unfortunate
as were the other two goals and all were avoidable as they were caused by silly
mistakes rather than our opponents endeavours. The pleasing thing was how
disappointed I feel that after twelve weeks that we have assembled a team under
difficult circumstances, played against a very good team in Wimborne and despite
having so many players unavailable still expected more from our boys. We hope to
have a few returning for the Winchester F.A. cup game and will be looking to avenge
our 4- 0 pre-season defeat. A big positive was receiving  three text messages from
people I know saying how impressed they were with the standard of the game and
how well organised we are and that they would be happy to pay again to watch us.

I would also like to thank Wimborne’s supporters and ours for creating a family
atmosphere at the ground, last but not least the ball boys from Milford youth F.C. for
their help in finding our balls.
The club has come a long way in a short period and credit must go to the hard
working fans that are still pulling together and the new committee that have helped
saved the club from extinction, for me personally I have been disappointed that some
people seem to be negative to all we do, but that’s human nature.

The word support appears in supporter for a reason, so if they genuinely cared about
their club, they must realise that damaging its image is what put the club where it is
now so if they don’t wish to support it anymore then allow those that wish to, to do so.
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