So how did everyone do? It’s a close run thing at the top of the league, with the Isle of Lithua leading the pack on 42 points – congratulations to the manager Clare Alexandra. Following closely behind on 41 points each are the New Weddington Isles and the Novascurra Jesters.
The Pikeland Holy Crusaders and Dame Anni's Lehmark FC Legends have acquitted themselves well on 39 and 38 points respectively. The rest of the teams are involved in a mid-table tussle; though H.E. R. Saints on 20 and the Principality of Sealand on 19, start their seasons at the wrong end of the table. With its own Football Association and a history of playing live football matches, expect to see Sealand pick up the pace soon!
Of course it hardly needs saying that this is incredibly early days – and we can predict seeing all twelve teams changing places as the season progresses. Tempting as it may be to make some knee-jerk reactions after week 1 don’t forget – you only have 40 transfers for the whole season so use them wisely… on the one hand you don’t want to burn through them all too early, with none left for injuries, loss of form etc later on – but on the other hand there’s no need hanging on too long; as any transfers you have at the end of the season won’t give you any points!
This is where the strategy comes in - keep an eye on injuries, see who is getting left on the bench, spot the star scorers early and ditch deadwood when you need to… it’s only August and there’s plenty to play for before season finale in May 2022 (Covid permitting!!).
And remember – two key things…1) it’s a marathon not a sprint and 2) have FUN!
Look out for next week’s update (which will be on a Tuesday due to West Ham playing Leicester on the Monday).
Now off to the dressing room for a team talk!!