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BG's 1-season challenges 4/5

- The Comeback Kidd -

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- The Masterplan -

 

Reminder of the challenge objectives:
  • Easy - Keep The Job (side challenge)
  • Medium - Secure Promotion (side challenge)
  • Difficult - Win The League (side challenge)
  • Insane - 20 Comebacks (main challenge)

 

 

Before we get to the Masterplan, which in all fairness isn't that "master" tbh but it sounds so damn cool :) but before we get to that let's have a look at the new squad. Kidderminster don't have great players -what a surprise eh!- so in order to deliberately go a goal down to force a comeback we really need much better players than we have right now. It's very risky to fall behind and there's limited time to win games as a result so we need to be much stronger in attack. I was shocked when I had a look at the attacking-minded midfielders and flank players. The 'Creativity' in the squad is way below par. That's a major concern so we must address this asap. A second top priority is our GKs. We have two 17yo keepers who are in no shape or form ready for a full season of "comebacks". We'll concede way more than necessary with either one in goal so we must address this pressing matter as well. The rest of the squad isn't too terrible but a couple improvements here and there is of course always welcome and will make my job a little easier eventually.

Transfers In & Out

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There's a very very limited budget at this Vanarama National League North side so we don't have a lot to spend. I spent a few hours looking for decent players to add to the squad and I must say I'm quite happy with the result.

Goalkeepers - Chris Willis (5K + p/ex). I'm delighted with Chris. There were about 5-6 GKs on my shortlist and they were either snatched away from me by other teams or they had excessive wage demands. So I'm glad we got this new GK in goal and won't be needing to rely on a 17yo who isn't as good as our new man. It's a big boost to the squad to have a GK with 2 greens in the essential attr. and another 2 not too far off.

Defenders - Two decent defenders CB and LB were already at the club but we needed reinforcements. So we got Haining (10K) and Chambers (free) to join us. Another great deal for a good price and I feel much more confident now with a strengthened backline. I want to allow 1 goal into the net but once the opponents receive their X-mas gift it needs to be an inpenetrable wall!

Midfielders - Here's where I was looking for real quality. We are in dire need of providers for the striker. I must have had like 25-30 on my shortlist but it was a real battle getting good guys in. Rival bidders, wage demands, club too small, etc etc wasn't easy to get the players I was looking for. Or..the standard I was looking for but we eventually ended up with 2 quality additions for our midfield in Burns (free) and Lavery (6K). They both cover essential positions right behind the striker so I'm very pleased. The other midfielders at the club will do a respectable job I'm sure.

Forwards - I had no good strikers at the club to work with. 'Shooting' alone doesn't cut it, so it was a trip to the market once more. I'm playing a 1-striker formation so I only need a couple good men. 10-ish on my shortlist and I managed to get 3. That's perfect as I may switch to a 2-striker formation mid-season if things aren't going to my liking. We got Curran (20K), Fairhurst (22K) and McLaughlin (7K). Strikers are generally the more expensive additions but we just had enough to get them all in so I'm really happy with the current squad atm. The other players are minor additions for quality squad depth.

 

 

The Masterplan

Main Formation

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This is what we're planning to play - and realize those 20+ comebacks with. New GK Willis between the posts. A pretty good backline with new boys Haining and Chambers. A 5-man midfield with DLP Croasdale in the center and 4 providers in front of him. Ngwatala is a striker but I was unable to find a better winger in his place so he's going to play right there with his fine left foot. Knights makes a solid right flanker and new boys Burns and Lavery play in AMC. The striker's spot is really competitive with 3 new boys. Altho McLaughlin lacks pace, he'll start as a sub, Curran and Fairhurst made it hard for me to decide whom of the two is going to be the starter. It's Curran for now as Fairhurst joined with a minor injury and still needs time to fully recover. But it's going to be a healthy battle for FC spot.

 

The Plan

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This is it. Nothing spectacular tbh. I simply switched GK Willis with ST Curran. Remember, I need 20+ comebacks in order to complete this challenge so we need to go a goal down asap. I don't want to score and I do want to concede so playing the formation on the left makes sense. If mid first half I'm still not a goal down I'll switch to the formation on the right. That should open up enough for the opponent to strike. If I lose too much "time" conceding goals I'll skip formation "left" and start with "right" from kick-off. It's crucial we concede a fast goal as every minute that passes it's less time we get for a potential comeback. There could be times that we're unlucky and don't concede fast enough or face even worse opponents. I've promised myself that if we do not concede in the first half I'll just play for the win. Kidderminster is a pretty decent team now -much better than at the start- but it's too risky even for this team to try and trail in the 2nd half and still put on a fight for 3 pts. We risk losing too many points and if that happens I lose my job and this challenge. So the damage really needs to happen in the first half, but I'm quite confident that won't be a major problem. And if it is I'll go with @Brenty92 plan to play 10 attackers or 10 flank players :)

 

Thanks for reading. Any related blabber is much appreciated. See you next update everyone. Cheers!

 

Next Update

- 1st half season -

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1 minute ago, Taff said:

Bloody bonkers but I really can't wait to see how the Harriers get on

Bring on the madness of King BG

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Only played 2 games in the season so far.. first once's been immediately a successful comeback..the second one kinda not :)

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'Look mom I made it'! A cheeky shoutout from a legend!

some great additions bud, Fairhurst in particular is a real good lower league Hitman! Good luck 

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7 hours ago, Brenty92 said:

'Look mom I made it'! A cheeky shoutout from a legend!

some great additions bud, Fairhurst in particular is a real good lower league Hitman! Good luck 

Thanks pal :D Fairhurst hasn't had his chance yet as he just recently recover from injury but he's looking good with his 16 shooting.

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4 minutes ago, mcandrew003 said:

Excellent little plan there, looking forward to seeing your progress in this. 

Is this on OME or EME may I ask?

Thanks mate. It's EME.

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Looks perfect mate. Really looking forward to seeing how this pans out. When I was throwing games for the second chances challenge, there was occasionally teams that just didn't seem to want to score. With the standard in the vanarama national, I wonder whether that might be a problem for you. Good luck anyway man.

Also, I notice you're using that same 4-1-4-1 formation again. Is that your favourite? 

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@Mr.Manager throwing games is occasionally an issue as even my GK playing as an ST started scoring lol but the comebacks are starting to roll in ;)

Yeah I think this 4-1-4-1 is my favorite right now. I'll probably use it for a future 1KC as well.

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I hate to say it but having spent a considerable amount of time in the bottom leagues over the last couple years, my confidence in you succeeding here is pretty low.  It's hard enough to win games over 90 minutes down in the dumps of the football pyramid.  To do it in 45 minutes while starting from behind is madness.  Hopefully you prove me wrong. :) 

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4 hours ago, veerus said:

I hate to say it but having spent a considerable amount of time in the bottom leagues over the last couple years, my confidence in you succeeding here is pretty low.  It's hard enough to win games over 90 minutes down in the dumps of the football pyramid.  To do it in 45 minutes while starting from behind is madness.  Hopefully you prove me wrong. :) 

Aiming to prove you wrong :)

Altho I've been conceding quite early in the game (within 20min) which leaves me well over an hour to complete comebacks.

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9 hours ago, BatiGoal said:

Aiming to prove you wrong :)

Altho I've been conceding quite early in the game (within 20min) which leaves me well over an hour to complete comebacks.

I would have gone with an even leakier formation (I use an upside down U) and try to concede in the first few minutes, so I had the whole game to come back! But looking forward to seeing how you go. And that 4 1 4 1 formation looks very interesting!

 

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BG's 1-season challenges 4/5

- The Comeback Kidd -

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- 1st. Half Season -

 

Reminder of the challenge objectives:
  • Easy - Keep The Job (side challenge)
  • Medium - Secure Promotion (side challenge)
  • Difficult - Win The League (side challenge)
  • Insane - 20 Comebacks (main challenge)

 

August - 4 Comebacks

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4 Comebacks in August. How's that for a start of the challenge. The formation to concede is working pretty good as we're conceding early on in the game. The formation for the Comeback is even more effective. Two late goals vs Curzon felt great as our first comeback. Then an easy one vs Nuneaton where we realized to comeback within the first half. The third comeback was easy within the hour and for #4 we netted 2 gls in 3min. towards the end. Really good month.

 

September - 1 Comeback

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A not so good month with a single comeback. Lots of draws during this period and we just couldn't realize the comeback as we came either short or conceded late goals to ruin our chances. Anyway, Telford down and we're on 5 comebacks.

 

October - 3 comebacks

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October was all Fairhurst. Curran was the FC starter due to Fairhurst's injury but just have a look at the man's form. 14 goals in 3 games. That for a 20K guy. @Brenty92 was right, this man is something special!! FC United demolished by a Fairhurst hat-trick and Telford and Stockport annihilated by again Fairhurst x5. Best month performance-wise and it's +3 Comebacks that brings us to 8 in total.

 

November - 3 Comebacks

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Another 3. That makes 11 Comebacks. Man, Kidderminster are making this look easy. Cheltenham got a man sent off which certainly helped us big as we were 2-2 till that point. 2 goals secured the Comeback. A Curran brace vs Gainsborough and a boring win vs Colwyn Bay gets us the important 3 points and even more important Comebacks. 11.

 

December - 2 Comebacks

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A late late Fairhurst header vs Altrincham gets us Comeback #12 and another late Fairhurst goal vs Darlington brings our total in the 1st half of the season to 13 Comebacks. And that after being 0-2 down. What a half season this has been. I'm really enjoying these lower league challenges :)

 

League Table Mid-Season

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We've been top most of the time but a few draws and a loss saw AFC Fylde overtake us right at the end of this first half season. No worries tho, we're in a great spot with a handsome gap between us two and the rest of the field. So with only 1 rival for the championship atm and having already realized 13 out of 20 Comebacks we're riding pretty smooth. Keeping the job (side challenge 1) won't be a problem and neither will be securing promotion (side challenge 2). Finishing top of the table (side challenge 3) is going to be a challenge but I'm delighted with the players and the team performance so I'm confident we can do it. Getting the 20 Comebacks in (main challenge) is surely in the bag no? Can't become complacent now but with 7 Comebacks needed in the remainder of the season, roughly 25 games, I don't see how I could mess that up. Unless there's a major dip in form, formation falls apart, injury crisis, conceding late goals galore, and a couple more buckets of badluck..can't happen can it???

 

13/20 Comebacks

 

Thanks for listening. Comments, Encouragements, Blessings, Love, Prayers Welcome. Cheers :)

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13 comebacks in half a season! I told you about Fairhurst 😂 He's like the John Wick of league 2 and below first year!

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5 hours ago, Brenty92 said:

13 comebacks in half a season! I told you about Fairhurst 😂 He's like the John Wick of league 2 and below first year!

He's definitely too good for this league. Curran same story. What a difference having a good pre-season makes. Can't imagine where I'd be had I not been able to sign this pair.

2 hours ago, Real_Random said:

Great job mate, you should have this in the bag. Great job and KIU

Thanks RR. A decent run in 2nd half season could lift the total to 25. I'd be happy with that.

2 hours ago, samhardy said:

Fylde are the money bags of non-league. So if anything, beating them to the title is just as important as those pesky comebacks! Good start mate :)

Now you made it more interesting. Portraying my main rivals as AFC "Money" Fylde gives me that little extra motivation to beat those selfish greeds to the #1 spot. Thanks mate :)

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Haha, you got this easy! Nice way to bounce back from that bully Goliath - you're going to walk this in and get full marks! Great stuff.

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This is absolutely nuts in a good way, crazy tactics i LOVE it!

lets see even more comebacks - you can do it mate!

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1 hour ago, scratch99 said:

Haha, you got this easy! Nice way to bounce back from that bully Goliath - you're going to walk this in and get full marks! Great stuff.

It definitely is. Back to back failures aren't a pretty feeling so hopefully I can push this one over the line before the next one comes knocking.

1 hour ago, AndersJ said:

This is absolutely nuts in a good way, crazy tactics i LOVE it!

lets see even more comebacks - you can do it mate!

Cheers mate. Just need that lucky 7 to fall :)

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Great work BG. Are you going to try and set a record for number of comebacks, or will just try to win the league once comeback #20 is completed?

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34 minutes ago, Mr.Manager said:

Great work BG. Are you going to try and set a record for number of comebacks, or will just try to win the league once comeback #20 is completed?

I'm enjoying the ride and always learning new stuff with these sort of unusual challenges, so I'm going to get as many comebacks as possible in. Even if it means missing out on the title.

4 minutes ago, Taff said:

Dude, 13 in the first half is immense, I take it your master plan is working well for you

It is. Better than expected tbh, or maybe my expections were down somewhat after David's loss. Cheers :)

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34 minutes ago, BatiGoal said:

I'm enjoying the ride and always learning new stuff with these sort of unusual challenges, so I'm going to get as many comebacks as possible in. Even if it means missing out on the title.

It is. Better than expected tbh, or maybe my expections were down somewhat after David's loss. Cheers :)

Yeah but even "David's Loss" was way better than anyone could have hoped, he came within a goal of toppling Goliath, and I think you sold yourself short on this one, just get as many as you can giving yourself a huge confidence boost for the final challenge

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Great going mate ,miffed to have missed a lot of this but looks like you managed a decent total in the DvsG challenge and of course it's turning out easy for you in the comeback challenge.I don't even need to wait for the next update....You're already through.

Looking forward to your next challenge, because this one is already over.:D

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2 hours ago, Taff said:

Yeah but even "David's Loss" was way better than anyone could have hoped, he came within a goal of toppling Goliath, and I think you sold yourself short on this one, just get as many as you can giving yourself a huge confidence boost for the final challenge

Thanks mate, you're right (y)

1 hour ago, Harish said:

Great going mate ,miffed to have missed a lot of this but looks like you managed a decent total in the DvsG challenge and of course it's turning out easy for you in the comeback challenge.I don't even need to wait for the next update....You're already through.

Looking forward to your next challenge, because this one is already over.:D

It was hard to settle on a challenging amount without making it impossible. Never done something like this before but at least we've got a benchmark now for potential followers ;)

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BG's 1-season challenges 4/5

- The Comeback Kidd -

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- 2nd. Half Season -

 

Reminder of the challenge objectives:
  • Easy - Keep The Job (side challenge)
  • Medium - Secure Promotion (side challenge)
  • Difficult - Win The League (side challenge)
  • Insane - 20 Comebacks (main challenge)

 

Let's hurry to see how The Comeback Kidd did in the 2nd half of the season. We're standing on 13 comebacks and need 7 more to get our 20 in and complete this challenge.

 

January - 3 Comebacks

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+ 3 in January. Fairhurst pulled us through vs Worcester with a hat-trick. Salford away was a toughie but the team performance was great. And Telford at home was a breeze for the guys. 16 Comebacks and counting..

 

February - 2 Comebacks

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Another 2 makes 18. Another Fairhurst hat-trick and this guy is really having a blast of a season. And a brace as well with a late late goal to seal Comeback #18. He's by far our best player this season. Where would we be without him.

 

March - 1 Comeback

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Missing our best player the team still delivered. I was fearing the worst as games are starting to run thin now and this opponent are our fiercest rivals. But two late goals gave the team its 19th Comeback. Only 1 needed..

 

April - 3 Comebacks

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There it is. 20 Comebacks + a couple extra ones to bury any doubts :) Ngwatala and Fairhurst with braces vs Boston to seal number 20. And two extra ones for the cherries. Came slightly closer than I'd hoped for but the team pulled through.

 

Final League Table

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Easy the best team in the league. Could've been way better had we not deliberately conceded goals from the start, which is why we scored "too many" draws and losses, but still managed a handsome gap with the runners-up. Kidderminster Champions!!

 

Best Player

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Where would we have been without this monster. He missed about 10 games this season through injury so his goal tally could've been well above 60+. Really solid player and dirt cheap too. Definitely recommend trying him out if you're playing a lower league team. He's quality!

 

BatiGoal Profile

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My info. Only spent 5K total for a squad revamp and it was definitely worth every minute and every penny.

 
Reminder of the challenge objectives:
  • Easy - Keep The Job (completed)
  • Medium - Secure Promotion (completed)
  • Difficult - Win The League (completed)
  • Insane - 20 Comebacks (completed)

There it is then. Piece of cake keeping the job. Securing promotion wasn't particularly hard either with the team I managed to get. Winning the league was slightly trickier as we started to drop more and more points towards the end but had enough left in the tank to finish top spot with this wonderful Kidderminster side. Toughest challenge was of course getting 20 Comebacks in but we managed it in the end. We got 22 to be exact. Our form got me slightly worried as we drew too many games and the fixtures list was shrinking rather quick as we approached May but the boys did it. Formations worked, players understood my instructions, luck was on our side at times, I guess it all clikced for us. Had a really enjoyable journey. Hope you enjoyed it too. See you all at my next and final challenge of this series.

 

22 Comebacks

Cheers for reading and see you all soon.

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