2016/7 - A season in review (Part 2)

2016/7 - A season in review (Part 2)

By Stephen King
4 May 2017
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New to the stripes - 2016/7's debutants.

40 players made their debut for the club during 2016/7, two more than last season which is at least partly due to the fact that three different managers tried to develop the right combination of players.

I can't comment on them all but those that joined at the start of the season and were with us throughout deserve a mention whilst some who arrived later made their mark in one way or another.

Gareth Price (pictured) was one of several to join from Aylesbury as part of the team that Ken Charlery was building for an assault on the play-offs. He soon made his mark in pre-season games and went on to be top scorer with 24 goals in competitive matches plus ten more in friendlies. He also made 50 competitive appearances for the club; the second highest, beaten only by Murat Karagul's total of 53.

Brian Haule also arrived from Aylesbury and despite going on dual registration back to the Buckinghamshire side (ironically to help them in their successful fight against relegation) returned to complete 32 appearances and 20 goals in all matches.

A third recruit from Aylesbury was Aston Goss. Aston didn't seem to figure in Anwar Uddin's plans and left to rejoin Aylesbury after the victory at Great Wakering Rovers. He made 37 appearances and scored 4 goals from positions which varied between full back and midfield in 37 appearances.

For a long time Evandro Delgado made more appearances in the season than anyone else. He stayed injury free and kept clear of any trouble with referees so didn't suffer a suspension. Only a lengthy business trip to Portugal reduced his appearances to 48 for the season otherwise the figure would surely have been higher. Under Kem Kemal he was used as one of the shock troops, coming off the bench to apply pressure on tiring opposition defenders. He scored six goals in all matches.

Mekhi McLeod only made five appearances for the club and scored one goal; but it was his shot just into the second half of our match at Waltham Abbey that would have given us a potentially winning 2-0 lead that I remember him for. Maybe as little as half an inch lower and it would have gone in off the bar but instead it bounced down just in front of the goal line. Abbey went on to win that game and Ware started a run of five consecutive defeats and ultimately won just two more of the following ten league games before time was called on Ken Charlery.

Meanwhile Josh Oyinsan made six appearances on loan from Billericay and scored five times with the goals coming in his first four appearances.

Junior Appiah was recruited towards the end of Ken Charlery's time as manager and having had spells with a number of clubs might have been regarded as no more than a typical jobbing non-league player. However, it was Anwar Uddin who converted him to right back at the expense of fans' favourite Jack Mace. Junior flourished in that role and went on to complete 17 appearances for the club.

Anwar also brought in Tyrique Hyde-Skerrit on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge. Tyrique had made some first team appearances in the National League for the Daggers and soon settled into the team with his performances improving with every game. He was perhaps the most successful new player welcomed in this spell; Anwar's attempt to introduce a long-ball game foundering when a number of other acquisitions failed to provide an effective focal point in attack.

Kem Kemal introduced just one player wholly new to the club. Ahmed Mohammed had played under Kem during his successful spell at Waltham Forest at the start of the season and brought energy and one goal (low from distance into the Cheshunt goal) to his four appearances.

The full list of debutants in competitive matches with date and opponents is as follows:

Tom Bradbury02 August 2016St Albans City
Aston Goss02 August 2016St Albans City
Brian Haule02 August 2016St Albans City
Gareth Price02 August 2016St Albans City
Evandro Delgado02 August 2016St Albans City
Nathan Mukuna02 August 2016St Albans City
Dani Ladeira02 August 2016St Albans City
Kyle Forster13 August 2016Aveley
Kambo Smith16 August 2016Tilbury
Anton Johnson20 August 2016Maldon & Tiptree
Davis Haule27 August 2016VCD Athletic
Sam Whiting27 August 2016VCD Athletic
Jonathan Constant03 September 2016Bury Town
James Mays04 October 2016Canvey Island
Charles Kutin04 October 2016Canvey Island
Paolo Montella04 October 2016Canvey Island
Mekhi McLeod18 October 2016Tilbury
Luis Fernandes22 October 2016Brentwood Town
Finley Long12 November 2016Wingate & Finchley
Lewis Todd19 November 2016Bowers & Pitsea
Connor Bolton19 November 2016Bowers & Pitsea
Josh Oyinsan19 November 2016Bowers & Pitsea
Jordan Odofin03 December 2016Thurrock
Laurence Vaughan03 December 2016Thurrock
Dean Mason10 December 2016Hornchurch
Clarke Bogard10 December 2016Hornchurch
Lewis Soraf20 December 2016Needham Market
Junior Appiah26 December 2016Cheshunt
Darren Behcet07 January 2017Great Wakering Rovers
Rokas Janilionis28 January 2017Thamesmead Town
Imedd Kartita28 January 2017Thamesmead Town
Russell Harley31 January 2017Kings Langley
Anthony Furlonge11 February 2017Brentwood Town
Ellis Remy11 February 2017Brentwood Town
Geoff Mitchell18 February 2017Maldon & Tiptree
Reece Simpson25 February 2017Brightlingsea Regent
Jonathan Nzengo04 March 2017Bowers & Pitsea
Bradley Woods-Garness04 March 2017Bowers & Pitsea
Tyrique Hyde18 March 2017Norwich United
Ahmed Mohammed08 April 2017Great Wakering Rovers

Part 3 comes out next week at 10am on Thursday, 11th May and will summarise appearance and goal scoring records for each of the 57 players who turned out for the first team in 2016/7.

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