Date: 22nd April 2015 at 2:35pm
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Before I start this recap on the 2014/2015 season let me point out a few flaws in what I am doing, firstly I am doing this from memory so apologies if I get anything wrong or muddle anything up.

Secondly I am really only doing a recap on the games I went to so regarding the ones missing – I`m sorry again.

Hope you still enjoy nevertheless.

Eager for the season to start convinced that “this year is our year” I was really looking forward to the pre season fixtures, especially with a certain Mike Flynn`s testimonial coming up.

It was a funny game to begin with as the current squad played against all ex County players from the 1990`s – most of whom I grew up watching or were just slightly before my time.

It was an emotional night and good to see old faces back home at EP, I didn`t know who to cheer for at some points with it being County v County.

The current squad won 6-0 and I felt almost sad how some of the ex players had aged and lost the magical touch, its silly really because about 20 years had past almost in the blink of an eye so I don`t know what I expected?

It was a return of ex player Andy Preece a week or so later as he brought his well-oiled Airbus UK side to play us, who to be fair have also played in Europe a few times.

They came out worthy 2-1 winners and we were pulled apart for the first (but sadly not the last) time at home this season.

Macclesfield were next on the list for Richard Landon`s testimonial, I always remember him from when we played Wrexham in the 1995/96 season and he scored two goals before Wrexham scored a winner what seemed like in the 96th minute finishing 3-2 to them.

I`m sure the ref just carried on playing till they scored? We were sporting a special black kit for this game only and looking back we maybe should have kept it since we won 3-2.

The first game of the season was North Ferriby and I was taken back to when we played Boston last season in the opening game and we still lost after all the hype, this was slightly the same as we lost 0-1 but moral didn`t seem too bad.

I went Wales for a week and when I got back we had Stalybridge away on the Monday, I took my mate and wish I hadn`t have bothered as we were 3-0 down by half time.

I saw some fans walk out and a few little scuffles between our own supporters also went down on the terraces.

Lord made a few changes and it seemed to have worked as we scored then scored again in the 2nd half and looked like we were going to get a third at one point.

This wasn`t to be and with minutes left on the clock the players started fighting and some of our “fans” encroached the pitch trying to get at the opposing players, the ref called it a day so we lost 3-2.

The last home game of August finally saw me see us win as we beat Lowestoft 3-0 followed by Boston (winning 3-2) and scoring 5 against Gloucester at home. EP started to get a feel good factor about it again.

I never made it to the anticipated Chester game in the FA Cup as we crashed the car on the way to the ground, we went 2-0 down then took it back to 2-2 before Chester ran out 4-2 winners albeit a wonder goal from Spencer that almost took the roof of the Cheadle End.

As Christmas started approaching we played Brackley winning 2-1 wearing a special poppy embroidered shirt thanks to Steve Cree, these shirts were later sold to raise money which is always brilliant.

After that we beat Heresford 3-2 before I went to watch us play at Chorley being quietly confidant.

We missed two sitters and Chorley were lucky not to find themselves 2-0 down at half time. As the 2nd half started Chorley scored with what seemed like their first shot on target to take the lead, and then scored again with their 2nd shot.

As the 600 county fans sung a brilliant rendition of Arthur Brownlow Ian Ormson made a comedy error and we went 3-0 down.

In December our results didn`t seem to improve and I watched us play (and loose) to Guiseley and Tamworth. We played Colwyn Bay on boxing day (I think) and we drew 1-1, we also drew Colwyn Bay in the FA Trophy and beat them away before playing them again the league.

Speaking of the FA Trophy we played Wrexham at home and blew a 2-0 lead before it ended 2-2, I almost went to the replay but couldn`t get the time off work which turned out to be a blessing as we lost 6-1 with Wrexham playing the 2nd half with a midfielder in net and with only 10 men!!

The next few games saw us make up for lost opportunities as we scored 10 goals in 3 home games by beating Leamington 4-2, Stalybridge 4-3 and Hyde 2-0, at this point you could even hear a few people whispering about the play offs as we were flirting with 5th place.

Morale was high for once?

(Part 2 coming next week?.)

Steve Davies