So I started an unemployment challenge a couple of days ago (for around the 20th time, can't seem to stick to any one save in this version) and it took me a while to get into a job.
When the offer finally came, it took me to the Blue Square Bet South, the team in question being Dorchester. Middle of November was the time I joined them, and at that time when I clicked on the squad screen (as is always my first thing to check) I noticed one striking thing: of the 1st team squad, only 4 players WEREN'T injured for many weeks, some many months. I almost gave up there and then, i've never had quite that much bad luck when starting for a team, but after almost quitting and an opening game defeat to Tonbridge in the FA Trophy, I decided to knuckle down.
We lost the FA Trophy game by only 1-0, and considering i'd raided the Reserves and Under 18s to even be able to field a starting XI plus 5 Subs, I wasn't overly disappointed. Plus, looking on the bright side, we were out of that competition so I could simply focus on surviving the league.
After that first game defeat I rather panic-raided the free transfer market looking for some semi-decent players to replace the atrocious setup I had at my disposal, and some real gems turned up. First was a goalkeeper recommended by the clubs scout, Mirko Ranieri. At only 20 years old, the Italian has been something of a rock for us since signing, keeping 6 clean sheets in 9 games played, with an average rating of 7.10 - nice find indeed.
My main panic signings were in defence where this team are extremely shoddy. I signed 3 first team defenders, and all have been performing well. Dorchester do have one player worth using and that is Jamie Gleeson, and since this guy has played in the Premier League once upon a time, I suppose his class isn't a surprise. Average league rating of 7.20 proves his value.
The main issue for me still is the Striker position, the 'best' striker who was here already couldn't hit the proverbial barn door, so I brought in a guy called Mark Rawle. 33 years of age, he's scored 3 in 6 for us, and is averaging 7.09 in those 6 games.
I still would prefer a more reliable goalscorer and the wingers I brought in aren't particularly noteworthy, areas i'd like to strengthen given the money to do so in a season or two. Nevertheless, this team are now unbeaten in their last 9 games (since the FA Trophy defeat) and i'm playing a system a little foreign to me, something I thought up based on what players are available. We play a 5-2-3, 3 DC, 2 WB, 2 CM, AML+AMR and a single striker.
Here's hoping I can have some success in a game I was ready to quit on day one of the job! I hope someone might get some kind of inspiration from this if they are in a similar position of not being able to stick to any one game, or they feel like quitting.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=130325721