The First Season
The season kicks of with a nice away tie to Rotherfield III. 2nd favourites to win the league, could be a tough game and seeing as I don't know what to expect, I persuade my new assistant to pick out the least worst 11 players for me. After gently removing the striker from the centre of the defence and replacing him with a slightly more logical pick - off we go.
15 minutes later and we are 2-0 up and cruising. Right winger Seb Schoburgh is playing a blinder, setting one up and scoring like the 30 year old ex pro that he is (well he played one game for Welling Town). The opposition pull one back before half time - 2-1, but that's how the game ends, with H&K having a further 13 shots on goal, not bad for a bunch of chancers who have never played together before.
Next up, 'The Cup'. Nothing quite so presitigious as the FA Cup - no this is the local Tester Challenge Cup. We've drawn fellow Division 10 side Ashurst Wood III - and they are dispatched 4-1.
I started to get pretty impressed with this squad after this result, but the following one against the actual favourites, Ringmer III, made me realise this league was going to be a doddle. We win 3-1, go top of the league and turn to look upwards rather than downwards. In three games we score 9 and only conceed 3, our main striker nets 3 times, but there are plenty of goals from other areas of the pitch.
I realise that the tiny leagues are going to leave us with a bit of a problem though. With only 10 teams in each league there are only 18 games in a season, meaning there are frequently two week gaps between matches. That, combined with the almost complete lack of training time due to not even being a part time club means none of my players are fit enough to actually last 90 minutes of football.
To remedy this I can arrange friendlies. These allow our players to stay fit, work on their cohesion and adds a welcome source of income (the gate income from those 10 people that come to every game adds up slowly). Aslo - as it's becoming clear this league is probably going to be a walkover due to the Human vs AI advantage down at this level - I can set up friendlies against higher rated teams as an experiment... IN the first half of the season we arrange games against clubs up to 14 levels above us...Smashed it