Welcome back to Edinburgh. After having a very good start to life in League 1 (you can read about that here) this part will pick up in October and go all the way through to the end of January. How will we fare against the rest of the competition? Can we hang on to our star youngsters? Can our strike force continue scoring for fun?
Edinburgh City | October 2018 to January 2019
The month started well for striker Mason Bloomfield with him picking up both Player and Young Player of the Month competitions. The 21-year-old scored 4 goals in 4 games in September which in turn has seen him our top scorer at this point.
That was it in terms of accolades, no managerial awards to add to my cabinet. It’s all about the team I guess.
In terms of games, first up was the away day to Queens Park where we won 3-1 with Belmokhtar grabbing a two-minute brace. Thomson rounded off the win with a late penalty. The only negative was shot stopper Connor Quinn going off injured.
The next game up was the Irn Bru 4th Round game against Ross County. With County being the league above we will take the 3-2 defeat as the winner came in the last-minute. Onwards and upwards in the league I hope.
Our return to league matches saw us pick up a great 3-1 win against 2nd placed Falkirk. Exciting prospect Ben Mckenzie was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet on his league debut. Jayden Bogle also scored his first ever league goal and did just enough to take the Man of the Match award.
- Played: 3
- Won: 2
- Lost: 1
October player to watch
Jayden Bogle is this month’s player to watch. Scoring an 8.2 average in his 3 games in all competitions helped secure his team the two league wins in October. The young defender joined from English side Derby in the summer.
Belmokhtar took 2nd place in the Player of the Month competition alongside last month’s player to watch Jayden Bogle, who took 3rd. Bogle also added to his award tally as he won Young Player of the Month competition.
I also walked away with the Manager of the Month award. Unsurprising really as we scored 6 and conceded only 1 in the two league games played in the whole month.
Another short month in terms of games with only 3 league games to play. High flying Stranraer visited Ainslie Park and left with nothing. A great 4-2 win for us with Ryan Day scoring an 88th-minute winner only for Marc Laird to make certain the 3 points by scoring in the 93rd. It’s great to see my team turn round a deficit for a change.
Another 3 points followed, this time on the road at Alloa. Rampelli securing the victory with a great second half brace. Rampelli is having a much better season since scoring his first goal earlier in the campaign.
The last game of the month saw Airdrie arrive at Ainslie Park and again the away team left without any points. Another 2-0 victory and another goal for Rampelli. Last year’s top scorer Day got the other. Day hasn’t featured as much this season due to the form of Kessels, Bloomfield and Belmokhtar but he has still scored 5 goals in 7 appearances this season which shows both how good he is but also the goal scoring threat the other 3 have shown so far.
- Played: 3
- Won: 3
November player to watch
Rampelli is this month’s player to watch, scoring 4 goals in 3 games (all from substitute appearances). The Italian youngster was at best disappointing in his first season with us but has since shown his worth as super sub this season. Hopefully having impact players such as free-scoring Rampelli and Day will serve us well this season even when coming on off the bench.
The month started well for both Marc Laird and Niccolo Rampelli. Laird took Player of the Month as his two goals in two games played a massive part in our unbeaten run. Rampelli came runner-up in the Young Player of the Month competition.
WIth our great unbeaten run still intact, I took the Manager of the Month competition. Another bit of silverware to add to my growing collection.
A long month ahead with both league and cup commitments would be a challenge after the relatively easy workloads of previous months. First up came an away day at Ayr in the Scottish League Cup. A hard fought 1-1 draw with El Zubaidi clinching the replay in the 92nd minute only added to our already congested fixture list. The next game was the replay where a 1-0 win, with the ever-reliable Craig Thomson bagging the winner, secured our passage through to the next round.
Back to league football and we welcomed Dumbarton to Ainslie Park, a 2-1 victory with Kessels and Bloomfield bringing us back from 1-0 down. A great start to a hectic Christmas period.
My birthday saw us travel to East Fife and the team brought home the 3 points with Ryan Day coming on as a sub to grab us the win. Cheers Ryan. We then made it 3 out of 3 with the lucky win against Forfar. An own goal was all that was needed for our 3 points.
I maybe should have looked ahead to our next fixture as we entertained Falkirk. A nasty game which saw both teams have a player sent off was settled by Falkirk’s Ryan Hardle. We just gave up.
We moved quickly on to our next game against Stirling, a team I haven’t managed to beat in any competition so far with Edinburgh. Another defeat, this time 2-1. I’m not happy but that’s football.
- Played: 7
- Won: 4
- Drew: 1
- Lost: 2
December player to watch
Andri Freyr Traustason is this month’s player to watch. The young Icelandic defender played all the games with only one game having a rating under 6.7. A great return for a player who signed for us as his first club in such a hectic schedule.
Mason Bloomfield picked up another trophy, all be it as runner-up, in the Player of the Month competition. He managed to score 4 goals in 5 games despite being on the losing side twice.
As I thought we had not played well in our two defeats it was to my surprise that I took 2nd place in the Manager of the Month competition. Maybe I was a bit harsh on the boys.
A visit from Queens Park started another busy month. A hard fought 3-3 draw flattered us as our players looked to be suffering from a New Years hangover. A brace for Bloomfield being the only highlight.
An away day to Stranraer was less than fruitful with us only taking a point after leading 2-0. Belmokhtar and Kessels looked to have won it before we fell apart.
There really is no better way to get back to winning form than a 5-0 away win. Poor Airdrie suffered at the hands of Belmokhtar and Bloomfield, they scored a hat trick and a brace respectively. Another league win against Alloa, all be it 1-0, gave us another 3 points. Thomson scored the vital goal from the spot early on in the match.
A cup game against bogey team Stirling, this time in the Scottish Cup. Another defeat. The 2-1 loss knocked us out of the Scottish equivalent of the English FA Cup. To be honest I actually wanted to go through.
- Played: 4
- Won: 2
- Drew: 1
- Lost: 1
January player to watch
Mason Bloomfield is this month’s player to watch. The young striker contributed to 7 of the team’s goals this month and has missed one through injury. Fitness is becoming an issue for Bloomfield, hopefully he will remain fit in the final few months of the season.
So that’s it for this part. How will we do in the league? Where will we finish? Are we going to survive? Find out in the next part. We will go through from February to the end of season, reviewing our first season in Scottish League One.
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