Saturday’s draw at Play-off prospects Kingstonian was a superb result for The Rooks and stretched our unbeaten run to seven games, the longest unbeaten run in the Ryman League Premier Division. However, results elsewhere meant that it is no longer possible for us to mathematically avoid relegation and as it stands we will be taking our place next season in the Ryman League South Division.
Under Darren’s management since Christmas we have seen the impact of having a settled first team and with the signing of Jonté Smith we have a proven goal-scorer. In the sixteen games since the turn of the year we have picked up four wins and nine draws which is certainly not the form of a relegated team. With three games to go, the prime aim for the team is to take all nine points on offer and finish as high up the table as possible.
Whilst there has been talk on Social Media and various forums about the situation at other clubs with regard to Ground Grading and other aspects that could impact the final positions in the league, we can only focus on our situation which means finishing the season as strongly as possible, whilst the powers that be make their decisions on the formation of the leagues for next season.
The club will conduct a full review of all of our teams once the season has finished in May. In the meantime the club will continue to work with Darren and his team on the preparations for next season, which includes the signing of players, such as those already made for Alex Laing, James Hammond and Ronnie Conlon, as well as putting in plans for pre-season which includes the scheduling of a number of friendlies.
Our support this season has been excellent despite our league position and I hope that many of you will come to show your appreciation of the team in our last two home games, the next of which is on Saturday 9th April when we host Staines Town.