The Non-League Football Paper


- By Andy Mitchell

GAVIN Macpherson insists Met Police’s prudence is no crime despite this being his “most difficult season yet”.

Southern League Premier South play-off finishes either side of Covid were well beyond expectatio­ns at Imber Court but the vultures soon circled.

Liam Ferdinand and Ollie Robinson headed to Farnboroug­h – the team that went up after beating the Met in the play-offs – over the summer with hotshot Jack Mazzone switching to Horsham and midfielder Sam De St Croix lured to Bognor Regis Town.

Macpherson dutifully rebuilt a side that has again defied expectatio­ns to sit a little shy of the top five – but the boss wants more.

“In the early stages it was easier to palate,” he said. “You are fresh and understand what your club is, what your finances are, you look forward to pitting your wits against the supposedly bigger sides but in some respects this has been our most difficult season yet.

“We lost nine players in the summer. I enjoy the challenge of it but you also think ‘I could do with a few quid to have a real go’. We will keep going but the odds are stacked against us because we are punching well above our weight. You don’t want to be losing those players, you understand why you are losing them but you want to keep them.

“This is a great club, it really is. I have a great chairman and a great management team who work desperatel­y hard with the players but you want to have a fair crack at it.

“We always feel like we are playing catch-up all the time. It is not anyone’s fault, it is just the way the cookie crumbles but I still enjoy it, I enjoy youngsters coming through and our pathway has pushed some into profession­al football, something we are all very proud of.”

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