TWELVE games played; 17 points won; 1.42 points per game; one way of looking at our start.
Another, is like this; three points won in our first four games; five points won in our next four games; nine points won in our third batch of four games. Three, then five, then nine; improvement.
If we can just sustain the results earned in our last four games over our next 30 games, then we will go on to amass more than the 84 points that won this league last season. Personally, I think that we can be more ambitious than that. Nobody will have forgotten how we developed in our last Championship season when we returned 16 consecutive victories after being three points off the top at christmas. The key is all about improvement. And the results indicate that we are improving at a good rate of knots.
We went into the weekend 11 points off the top and (unbelievably) six points out of even the play offs. Already, that has been reduced to ten and three respectively. We need realistic goals now. I think that it is realistic for us to look towards our game at Chester in early December as a very important one. And it is up to us to make sure that it is.
What we must remember is that three of our defeats have been away to teams currently in the top six; 1-0 at Doncaster, 2-1 at Hereford and 2-0 at Yeovil.
We weren't quite good enough to beat these teams on their own grounds but we weren't far short of doing those difficult jobs. Even Saturday's performance at Telford showed a different side to us; we played with the extra defender and relied on our forward quality on the counter attack.
Same resources; different approach; improvement.
Yes, twelve games into the season, Team FTFC has only managed to put itself into the front pack.
But when you consider that clubs like last year's strong runners up Dagenham, Barnet and Halifax are beneath us in the league, you realise that our start represents a form of achievement. First things first; you've got to be in it to win it and we are in it.
These next six games are our chance to stretch our legs and get into the heart of the race. With the confidence of our recent wins over Telford, Barnet and Leigh RMI on board, we need to emerge strongly into the top five in our games against Northwich, Margate, Kettering, Morecambe, Nuneaton and Gravesend.
At least 14 points in those fixtures would push our average points per game up to 1.72, whilst six straight wins will get us up to 1.94 points per game. Somewhere in that range is the objective.
Our injury situation should clear up soon and that in itself will be a bonus.
One game at a time, we will be working to improve our situation.
And we will be hoping that our results encourage more and more Farnborough people to give us their support at The Aimita Stadium and beyond. It is greatly appreciated by myself and the team when Farnborough supporters make the long journeys north as they did on Saturday.
And it will be great when we eventually crack the art of bringing a regular 1000+ Farnborough people to our home ground! Don't forget to bring yourselves along with our half price vouchers from last week's paper (and indeed right) to our game against Margate next Tuesday.