Season Two: Episode 10 (The Finale)

A hit and miss final month with some nearly very costly draws in there. The draw against local rivals Morecambe was definitely a sickener as it could have cost us the league title. Luckily though, that point guaranteed us promotion and all we had to do on the final day thanks to our superior goal difference was not get hit for double figures by automatic promotion chasing Newport.

We played awfully on that final day, thank f*** it wasn’t a title decider or we would have been kicking ourselves. We go on a 12 game run without a loss to not turn up on the final day.

Thankfully though, we held on and that’s two promotions in two seasons!

WE ARE GOING UP!

Season Two: Episode 9 (March)

It’s every manager’s favourite time of the season.. Youth Intake Day! This was meant to be our golden generation, a few might make it but the vast amount of them I personally think won’t make our first team. The best player of the bunch by far is Dominic Towns, the young midfielder will likely play with our first team in cup games etc..

Just on the run in to the promotion play offs and Callum McManaman goes and gets injured and as our top assister since he joined hopefully we don’t miss him too much.

Finally our results have picked up! our second month unbeaten and we seem to be converting more and more chances. Quigley has found some form and our loanee striker/winger from Fulham Rasmus Weidesheim-Paul has finally found his feet and rescued us late on in the Carlisle and Tranmere games.

Results have gone our way! We are top of the League! Despite not winning all our games, somehow we are two points clear going into the final month of the season. We have the easiest run in, apart from a tight games against Newport on the final day of the season which could be decisive.

Season Two: Episode 8 (February)

A solid if not spectacular month, but most importantly we’ve maintained our title challenge and we aren’t out of touch with the title challengers.

Suddenly it seems our goalscoring has dried up, Quigley and Rooney who were our joint top goal-scorers now couldn’t hit a barn door and we are relying on goals from others to scrape though games. Its not like we aren’t creating the opportunities though, we are dominating games and creating so many chances just not converting.

There’s the league table, we are clinging onto an automatic promotion spot and while we aren’t losing games, we need to start scoring more.

Season Two: Episode 5 (November)

Not much League action this month! but alas we keep moving forward. We managed to get through to the third round of the FA Cup, a competition that we were expected to only reach the first round.

As well as we did in the cup competitions during November, that slip up in the league against Tranmere cost us top spot in the division. It’s only one point and we are still in the promotion hunt, add to that we soon bounced back against Oldham.

As we approach the January transfer window, some movements in and out of the squad are bound to take place. The first of which happened this month when a player we’ve had since Season One Dior Angus, refused a new contract over playing time and we accepted a £32.5k offer.

Season Two: Episode Four (October)

It was never going to last forever, but unfortunately our 8 match unbeaten run in the league has come to an end thanks to a club expected to be title challengers in Chesterfield. The loss seemed to have sparked a downturn in form that saw us on the reverse end of some very tight games.

Bolton who got relegated from League One last season, did manage to keep most of their squad together so our loss away to them doesn’t surprise me. Thankfully the narrow win against Carlisle where we came back from 0-1 down shows a glimmer of hope.

It’s no shock at all that our downturn in form came around the time we lost influential playmaker Josh Kay, and given that and the injury to Alfie Payne, I decided that reinforcements were needed. Thankfully in League Two, you can sign free agents outside of the transfer windows, therefore we looked long and hard and came up with Alex Woodyard.

The former Non-League journeyman has recently broke into the Football League with Peterborough and Tranmere, before being released and signing for us. His scouting report reckons that he is a good League One player so hopefully he can help us get to that level.

Sadly our loss of form has seen us slip of the top of the league, thankfully we still sit in the automatic promotion places which is still a massive over achievement for us.

The juggernaut which is Newport County are looking very strong contenders to win the league. They lost their first 3, then drew 3 and haven’t failed to take maximum points from a game since.

FM2020 Barrow Career: Season Two: Episode Three (September)

Well what a month! We’ve been inconsistent as hell but we keep going.

It seems at the moment we either win convincingly or don’t turn up, what id do for a run of 1-0 wins! This is probably my fault, we’ve picked up a few knocks along the way and it’s really exposed just how shallow our squad is, and with our youth squad being so poor, its meant that we’ve had to fit a few squares in round holes.

Two of our best players in August have picked up severe injuries in Kay and Payne and going into the last game against Morcambe I thought we’d struggle without them, until loan signing Wang decided to have the game of his life!

Its these injuries that have lead me to dip back into the free agent market, the lad we’ve signed isn’t a world beater, but has signed a fairly cheap deal at £600 a week and was more than happy to sign until the end of the season, ideal when Kay will be back around Feb!

So here he is, the new man! Former Doncaster, Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers man Kyle Bennett.

With us having a sketchy month, I thought we’d slip down the league into mid table mediocrity which frankly everyone would have been happy with, myself included. However, some how, some way we sit joint top of League Two, with a goal difference massively helped by our 7-1 demolition of Crewe back in August.

Season Two: Episode Two (August)

So August, our season got underway and we still made a couple of little improvements squad wise.

We made a great start to the month, and in the league managed to go unbeaten during August. Two of our key men from last year, players that we turned down offers for in the summer, have made amazing starts to life in the football league, Josh Kay and Scott Quigley. They are our joint top goalscorers and Kay is nearly in double figures assist wise already.

The best of our new signings so far has been young midfielder Alfie Payne, the free agent signing has been consistently achieving 8.0 ratings and has been instrumental in creating chances and making key passes. The rest our our new signings have taken a little while to settle in but are on their way to being solid players for us.

Before deadline day at the end of August, we made a couple of late changes to our squad. Youngsters Waddington and Penfold left us on short term loan deals, mainly for game time as neither was going to be challenging the first team. Waddington would have got a few games but him being an important player for Stockport who are also playing his wages in full made the decision easier.

We also made a late addition, Luke Charman, a striker who is just a bit more first team ready than Penfold who we sent out on loan and will give us another option rather than Angus and Quigley. Admittedly he may only get cup games if Quigley maintains his current form but we will wait and see.