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Roger Mendonça
Season 42 Expectations (Pre-Season Auction A)
Posted by Roger Mendonça on Tuesday, Aug. 9th, 2022 at 9:25 AM

It looks like a long, hard season ahead in the League. Three top teams coming down from D1, all of whom look ready to bounce straight back, last year's battle hardened D2 survivors, including the FA Cup Holders, and two other promoted teams with better T-11s and T-16s than me.  Staying up will be a challenge but, with so many good teams, the division will be tight so anything could happen - particularly if a number of teams are distracted by Cup runs.

We seem better prepared for a Cup run this year, and reaching the Shield semis has whetted the appetite to deliver the Robins their first piece of silverware. Youth Cup is probably the main target.

Teambuilding remains the priority.  We're probably four seasons away from having the squad we want to really compete, so league position and trophies will have to play second fiddle to the masterplan.

Readers Comments

It's good that you've got a nice long term plan Roger. Just remember that you should play your youth squad against Plymouth. It'll help everyone out. 

Rob Peterson on Saturday, Aug. 13th, 2022 at 2:52 PM

come back down to the lower tier  - there is a lot less stress down here. Even Dave Dohm would enjoy rebuilding his team down here.

Vick Hall on Saturday, Aug. 13th, 2022 at 5:37 PM

Always important to have a long term plan to justify short term failure Rob ;).  Will definitely probably be playing the kids whenever we play Plymouth.

Roger Mendonça on Saturday, Aug. 13th, 2022 at 8:31 PM

I'm very tempted Vick (and after a couple of weeks I might need to start claiming relegation is all part of the masterplan anyway)

Roger Mendonça on Saturday, Aug. 13th, 2022 at 8:33 PM

Four games left and the Robins are mathematically safe from relegation, so the season's only real goal has been achieved. Pre-season signings, Reyes and Morales, were definitely key to survival even if the fee for Reyes was extortionate.

Promotion hopes are high amongst the fans, but I'm pretty sure we're not ready for that level. Fortunately the four games remaining are against the four teams immediately below us in the league, so plenty of scope for a late season collapse into mid table obscurity.

We haven't performed well in the cup competitions at all, so the honours board will remain empty for at least another season. I'm sticking with four more years before we come even close to rectifying that situation.

Roger Mendonça on Sunday, Oct. 16th, 2022 at 3:26 PM

Mathematically safe...I don't even know what that means.

Phil McIntosh on Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2022 at 11:26 AM
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