Three managers left last season but Lilies looking upwards
The 2017-18 season has not been one to savour for Chatteris Town FC, writes Dan Mason.
A year of instability could not help the team build on the progress made in the previous two campaigns.
Three managers, a mass exodus of players and a consistent run of poor form has sent the Lilies towards the likelihood of relegation to Kershaw Senior A after a two-year spell in Cambridgeshire’s top flight, but despite this, there’s still reason to be confident.
Manager Alex Kaufman has installed a fresh sense of belief that Town can salvage their old free-flowing style that has evaded them this season, adding goals to replicate the hard-working mentality of his players.
Plus, Kaufman managed to end a barren run of 11 games without a win spanning over five months in just his second game in charge, already repaying the faith the club placed in him to lead Town out of the mire.
Hopes of moving upwards were dampened with just four more points gained after this victory, but there was an aura that the players, staff and supporters were beginning to support a reinvigorated Lilies side full of fight who would never give up.
Youth has also played an integral role for the Lilies, which Kaufman has tried to imply as a core element of his squad from his links with both Histon’s and Norwich City’s academies.
Some young players have proven to be more efficient than others, but there is now a stronger emphasis on giving youth a chance and even more so when making up the numbers most weeks.
There are loyal servants of the club, including Simon Howard, Ash Blanchflower and Brandon Ransome who have remained through thick and thin, and Kaufman honours this type of character as something the newer members of the squad should develop.
But in a troublesome period where positivity looks to have disappeared off the Chatteris Town radar, things could be looking up under a manager who breathes commitment and dedication to reach the heights of yesteryear.
Town have already got some lucrative pre-season friendlies lined up, including Step Four and Five opposition in Soham Town Rangers and Ely City respectively.