In this shorter post we will look at the final few games in April and the review our first season in charge of Edinburgh City. In the previous post (which you can find here) we saw how Edinburgh City earned promotion from League Two with games to spare. Having realised that the season ends in April, the blog for next season will be formatted slightly differently to reflect this.
Edinburgh City | April 2018
Ryan Day and Abdelkarim Belmokhtar claimed second and third respectively in both the Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month awards. Between them they’ve scored 11 goals in 5 games – a great tally for the two youngsters.
A third place trophy for me this month in the Manager of the Month competition, very pleasing considering I only won 2 games from 5.
April brought the final few games of the season and first up was Stenhousemuir. A great 5-0 home win. 3 goals from Shepherd and a brace from Day set us on our way. A poor 1-1 draw away at Elgin was disappointing as they sat the bottom of the league and again it was Day being the only stand out player as he scored the only goal of the game for us.
Clyde had the pleasure of coming to Ainslie Park for our final home game of the season, and they maybe wished they’d stayed at home! A great 3-1 win with the regular strike force of Day, Shepherd and Belmokhtar all scoring. This will be the trio’s final home game together.
News came in that we need just one point to beat our record points tally and all that stood in our way was Peterhead. A 1-1 draw did it, a win would have been nice in front of our largest travelling support of the season but we’ll settle for the point. Youngster Ryan Day picked up our only goal of the game taking his league goals tally to 27.
- Played: 4
- Won: 2
- Drew: 2
Ryan Day had another blinding month scoring 5 goals in 4 games. He managed to pick up a first and second place in the Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month. Scott Shepherd picked up third place in the Player of the Month award.
I also added to my collection of personal awards with a second place in the Manager of the Month.
So that’s it, the end of the season. What a season we have had, a totally unexpected Ladbrokes League 2 title. The season review was nice to read as I never really expected the season to go so well. The league review also makes for pleasant reading. It’s nice to see Ryan Day as top goalscorer and Scott Shepherd with the highest number of assists.
The team review was unsurprising with the Fans Player of the Season going to Belmokhtar with Day and Shepherd finishing second and third. The Young Player of the Season also went to Day. The only surprising addition to the list was Jack Butts – I personally would have had Connor Quinn down as my signing of the season. Four of my players also made the Team of the Year: Stuart Morrison, Marc Laird, Scott Shepherd and Abdel Belmokhtar. Well done boys.
The last bit of news we received was that Belmokhtar has picked up the Ladbrokes League Two Player of the Season award. A great honour for the player who started the season as an amateur.
League 1 will be a totally different challenge and I’m just hoping to stay up. Here is a quick look at League 1.
So like I said this was short and sweet. In the next instalment we will be starting the new season and looking at our BetFred Cup games. We will look at some of the new faces around Ainslie Park and see how we get on up to the end of September.
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