Welcome back to the latest instalment of my Edinburgh City adventure. In this part we will be looking at the start of the 2018/19 season as we look to consolidate our position in the Scottish League One after last years promotion.
We will begin in July at the start of the Betfred Cup and play our way through to the end of September. We will look at some of the new players that have arrived and some of our old favourites. Personally, I’m very excited and a bit nervous about facing my FM17 favourite Falkirk.
Edinburgh City | July 2018 to September 2018
We have been drawn against some familiar faces in the Betfred Cup and will use the cup to assess our progress over the last year.
Only two of the games are actually in July: Motherwell and Dunfermline. A hard-fought 0-0 draw against Dunfermline was extremely pleasing. We only lost on the penalty shootout – I can take that. Motherwell was a step in the wrong direction with a 4-1 defeat leaving me feeling a bit deflated.
- Played: 2
- Drew: 1
- Lost: 1
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A massive number of players have come in since the transfer window opened on the 9th June with 9 players joining before the end of July. I will continue to look for players in August as we only have 19 first team players heading towards the start of the league season. We will have a look at a couple of the new arrivals at the end of the transfer window.
First up in August was an away day at fellow League 1 side Alloa. A great 3-1 win with Bloomfield bagging a brace and Belmokhtar getting the third in a pleasing display from my new look strike force.
Cowdenbeath were the visitors to Ainslie Park in the final game of the BetFred Cup for us. We capped up a better display with a 2-0 win. Goals from Bloomfield and forgotten man Kessels. Currently Kessels is keeping last year’s Young Player of the Season, Ryan Day, out of the team.
The first League 1 game was a home tie against Queen’s Park. I couldn’t have asked for a better start. A great 5-0 win, both Belmokhtar and Day got braces with Kessels adding the fifth. Bloomfield got 3 of the assists – a great performance from all 4 of my preferred strike force.
Another great win followed with a 3-0 away win against Stranraer. The stand out moment was the first goal from Henry Wise. The youngster joined in the summer after being released by Derby County and, although only be a few games in, he is proving to be a great asset to the club.
Back to Ainslie Park for another encounter with Alloa. After a positive result in the Cup, I was hoping for another good performance today. We managed another clean sheet, another win and another 2 goals to add to our already impressive start to the season. This time it was Kessels and Bloomfield who provided the goals to secure our win. Fantastic. 3 matches in, 3 wins and 3 clean sheets. Shame the Irn Bru Cup is our next game as it may disrupt our flow.
The Irn Bru Cup pitted us against Stranraer and a great 2-0 win saw us progress through to the 3rd round of the cup. Bloomfield picked up another 2 goals to add to his tally for the season.
A poor return to the league with a 1-1 draw against Dumbarton followed. Normally I wouldn’t be overly bothered by a result like this to a recently relegated team but they are Falkirk’s bitter rivals and ok, I still have a slight soft spot for Falkirk.
- Played: 7
- Won: 6
- Drew: 1
Now the football’s out of the way we managed to add another 5 players before the end of the transfer window.
- Summer signings to watch
Michael Gotz, the young German, arrived in Edinburgh to join us as his first club. The exciting prospect is already head and shoulders above some of the other defenders so hopefully he will lead the club to glory for many years to come.
Next up is Ben Paton. Another import – this time from Canada. He arrives after being released by Blackburn. I’m no stranger to Paton as I signed the tireless midfielder on FM17. He’ll add some much-needed depth to a slightly threadbare midfield.
The final player we are going to look at is another Canadian in the form of Jordan Brooks. The young midfielder, released by Portsmouth in the summer, has also added more depth to the midfield. I see Brooks as a possible long-term replacement to vice-captain Marc Laird. Brooks is also currently being tutored by Laird.
August player to watch
Henry Wise is this months player to watch, the hot prospect arrived in the summer from Derby. Alongside his goal he has contributed to 3 goals this month. The ageing midfield has been rotated a lot this month both before and during games, meaning Wise adds youth to an experienced midfield. Wise’s stand out performance came as a sub against Stranraer with a 9.0 rating including a goal and two assists.
The start of our second month in the dizzy heights of League 1 brought about our first set of awards. Ricardo Kessels was the winner of the Young Player of the Month award. My August player to watch Henry Wise also took 3rd in the same competition.
After all the second and third place finishes in the Manager of the Month award in League 2 last year, I took first place in the Manager of the Month competition at the first opportunity in League One. I still can’t quite believe it.
The first game of the month came away at Airdrie. A great 4-1 win with Rampelli grabbing his first goal of the season. Kessels and Bloomfield shared the other goals. Our next outing saw Forfar arrive at the Ainslie Park in the Irn Bru Cup and another great 3-1 win sees us move through to the 4th round. Bloomfield and Kessels are showing what a lethal partnership they have formed.
Staying at Ainslie Park we hosted East Fife. Another good victory for us in a 2-1 win with Bloomfield adding another goal to his tally. He is proving to be the perfect replacement for Scott Shepherd. Shepherd is still at Falkirk but isn’t getting a game and with him being unhappy I might revisit the situation in January.
Forfar away was the next game and it wasn’t as pleasing as the cup game as we left with only a point from a 2-2 draw. We lost a 2-0 lead and conceded a 95th-minute equaliser, are our old defensive frailty’s coming back to haunt us?
Apparently they are, as a devastating 4-2 defeat against Stirling proved. A game that never really saw us get going and was topped off by the first half sending off of Gotz. A poor end to the month with the only positive being Bloomfield scoring another.
- Played: 5
- Won: 3
- Drew: 1
- Lost: 1
September player to watch
Take a bow Mason Bloomfield. The inform striker scored 6 goals in 5 games. This lad certainly seems to be the perfect replacement to Scott Shepherd. He seems to be writing his own version of Jamie Vardy’s story.
So that’s it for this instalment, next time we will be going from October through to the end of January. Again we will be looking at new players, important games and we will have our first look at the League 1 table.
Thank you all for reading!
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