Season one, in EFL League One, as Bletchley Town, came to a climax, with a first season finish in 16th place.
Relegation was looking highly likely until the final 10 matches of the season, where results picked up and we went 9 matches without a defeat to slowly climb up the table, and away from danger.
The goals conceded column (77) is shocking, we leaked like a Tetleys condom, and tinkering around with various play styles and tactics was needed in order to find a system that suited our lowly bunch of default-style players.
One standout player during a largely dross season, was CF Stanley Long, who weighed in with some invaluable goals and assists, rated only 68 OVR but is one of those players who seems to play beyond his stats. Transfers are going to be key to bring in better players and give the squad some depth if we are going to improve for next season.
Pre-season came, and a semi-final defeat in the invitational trophy tournament earned us a very welcome £600k, along with the board investment, our transfer budget now stood at a ‘hefty’ £2million, barely enough funds for once decent player.
Some Harry Redknapp style wheelin’ n’ dealin’ in the transfer market was needed, and so we looked at free transfer options, scouted throughout the season, by identifying players who were out of contract.
We desperately needed a left back, and another striker.
We managed to secure the signings of four players, three of them free agents, and Kayden Jackson, a very fast CF from Ipswich Town for £1.3mil, who impressed against us when we played them, also not pictured was Ekrain, a CF who can also play AMF who was signed on a free, and has slotted into the CAM role.
I’m now 90% settled on the game play sliders, but as time goes on and the squad improves they may need tweaking in order to maintain a challenge, before moving back up to World Class level, which is just pure high pressure CPU tactics for 90 mins.
The increase in first touch error, along with pass and shoot error and acceleration, really do open up and improve the game massively.
If anybody is interested, I will post the slider settings in the comments, well worth trying out across a range of friendlies to see for yourself how these tweaks make the game much more realistic and unpredictable.
Here are a few goals scored during the last run of matches in season one, next week, and in the comments section throughout the week I will provide an update on how season two is progressing, may also post some full match unedited footage.