Well, it’s been emotional! But now the dust has settled, how did we actually do? As Andy Morrell and Billy Barr contemplate their players’ futures, here’s an end of term report.
Made a real impact when he returned with his confident organisation of the back four, fast reflexes and speed off the line. Despite not having played since he left us, and therefore having little serious pitch time for the previous eighteen months, there were no signs of ring rust.
His excellent distribution gave the side a lift too, and don’t forget his role in the FA Trophy final shoot-out: he swears he saved that first kick! Someone needs to sign him and make the most of his ability. 8/10
Injury curtailed his season, but until then he was, well, Mayebi! Infuriating at times, dazzling at others. It’s not really his errors that fuel his critics, more the strange, unnecessary incidents, like his sending off against Alfreton and the almost exact replica he’d already performed against Hyde. However, his supporters are entitled to point to a highly impressive goals conceded per game ratio. 7/10
When Maxwell arrived, there was a swift move by the coaching staff to point out how well Coughlin had been training. I must admit that I suspected it was a motivational move, designed to keep the young keeper’s head up after he’d had a replacement for Mayebi parachuted in ahead of him. His performance at Mansfield made me think again.
Coughlin impressed in pre-season and earned a one year contract. His repeated stints standing in for Mayebi in competitive matches were less impressive – he didn’t keep any clean sheets and lacked the aerial command one might have expected from such a huge physical specimen.
After a lengthy spell out of the side his performance at Field Mill showed a real development. Much more commanding in the air and agile enough to pull off a string of saves in a man of the match performance, he stood up to an intimidating atmosphere superbly. The champions could only beat him from the penalty spot, and it had to be a good penalty too!
Coughlin hasn’t quite had the season he’d have hoped for, but he’s shown he’s definitely worth another one year contract. 6/10
Tomorrow: The full backs