There is no worse feeling in life than “what might have been”. The making of me as a manager will be how I respond to this – unfortunately, the league crown now seems to be out of our grasp. Up until now the boys have always pulled key results out of the bag when required, but the latest scenario saw us finally fall short.
Our form has taken a turn for the worse once again, which doesn’t tell the full story; ultimately, I declared our chances of glory over after the loss to East Kilbride in early February, and have been experimenting with an eye on next season ever since. Fortunately I have managed to earn the full trust and respect of the dressing room as this season has progressed and the boys all have my back, as shown by our turnaround of epic proportions against Gala…there are some tough and heart-wrenching decisions coming up on who will stay at the Indodrill Stadium this summer. We need a final goal to focus on for the rest of the spring – a top 4 finish will count as a success in my book, securing Irn-Bru Cup football in the 2018/19 campaign.
Having preached the virtue of free flowing football and scoring goals in the last update, our strikers have seen things dry up ever since. Our results don’t lie, showing that we’re getting into a pattern of losing games by the odd goal and need to find a way to grind out wins in tight contests. On the plus side, our young youth graduates have performed admirably well as they adjust to being in the first team, aided by learning from their older peers. Striking the right balance of youth and experience in the close season will be key to stepping on and sustaining a title challenge next time around.
Thankfully, I am no longer worried about my job security, having had a very constructive meeting with the chairman. We have been dealt a blow with Archie Prince deciding to leave and cut his teeth in management with Lochar Thistle, but the staff remain united and pushing in the same direction.
January came and went in the blink of an eye, with little changing: Jesse Akubine went back to Queen of the South frustrated with a lack of gametime; we then added two young and hungry midfielders in Dale Baxter and Struan McArthur, and as a result allowed Spencer Brown to leave for Highland League side Lossiemouth. You might just recognise their manager, who clearly still has a soft spot for his old club…Mr Stephen Swift!
While we have had troubles on the Lowland League front, our South Challenge Cup progress has provided some welcome relief. A really tough quarter final draw saw us face Kelty Hearts, and we managed to squeeze through into the semis. Spartans await at Ainslie Park, with the victor moving on to face either Hawick or East Stirlingshire in the showpiece final. Winning silverware in my maiden season would be a dream come true!
For now, though, all eyes are on the current top 4 in the league. The time has come to forget about any disappointment any plough on to the winning post; even if we do trail in 4th place, we’ll consider the 2017/18 campaign as a job well done in the grand scheme of things.
Mozza has been streaming his BSC Glasgow journey over on Twitch so make sure you check out his Twitter for details of when he’ll be live: @MozzaPlays