OXFORD CITY FC and Community Arena

OXFORD CITY FC and Community Arena
By Chris Byrne | 22nd November 2011

Half-Term Report

As we now have reached the half-way point in our league programme it is a good time to look at the season so far and our aspirations for the coming months.

We currently sit comfortably in the top 5 of the division having played significantly more away games than at home: 13 away to 7 home. We are still also competing in 3 cup competitions.

On a subjective basis the coaching staff are encouraged by the development of the squad, individuals and the performance levels of the group. Whilst football is a game driven by results our objectives are more focused around a development basis to give the young players at the club an opportunity to learn within a positive environment whilst ensuring we are competitive and challenging the best sides in the league.

The season has brought many positives thus far with a relatively new squad and changes within the management team. We have seen some excellent performances and not too many below par showings which has led to good results. The management team and the squad will be looking to continue the improvement we have seen from quarter one to quarter two, and have an even better second half of the season. We still have lots of areas to develop and these include less technical/tactical objectives such as improving discipline, making the environment positive and developing teamwork.

We have demonstrated some excellent levels of passing, creating football and will need to learn to adapt our style to counter more physical/direct teams or poor playing surfaces which is part of the football education.

The achievements of the Nomads team must also take into account the pathway for development for players at the club. So far we have seen McDonagh, Haysham, Skendl and Isaac featuring in Mike Ford’s Southern Premier League and FA cup squads and there has been a progression of several youth team players into the Nomads’ squads this year.

We are continually looking to attract the best young players to the club from the surrounding areas and this isn’t just within the youth set-up as demonstrated by our recent signing of George Seacole who had been performing extremely well with Carterton.

As a management team we are looking to continue the foundation that has been set thus far, but with the new community arena soon to be open this will give us the opportunity to train properly and attract more talent to the club.

Justin Merritt