Cranbrook FC boss reflects on another fine season

PUBLISHED: 09:11 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 13 June 2018




Cranbrook Football Club manager Jon Martin is currently enjoying something of a break from the rigours of what was a tough past season, writes Steve Birley.

The 2017/18 Macron Devon and Exeter League campaign will probably be best remembered for how long it all took to be completed with the period from early January to mid-April proving to be so soggy. Cranbrook were better off than most for, while they are currently without a home ground, they have been playing their home matches at nearby Broadclyst on a surface that always seems to do better than many when the rains have fallen!

It was current ‘The Brook’ boss Martin who started the club back in 2015 and they played that first season in Division Eight of the local Devon and Exeter league. That first season was very much a ‘champion one’ as the ‘new boys went on to win the Division Eight title and were promoted into Division Seven and finished as runners-up to Ilminster. Their third season was the one just finished and that saw the team finish fourth in Division Six – it was a close call, mind you, as just six points separated the final top four in the section.

That final spot of fourth may well yet prove to be good enough for a third successive promotion. Their fate hangs in the balance as the League annual general meeting takes place at the end of June when the divisions for the 2018/19 campaign will be confirmed.

Speaking of the way their last season unfolded, Martin said: “It all ended in disappointing fashion. We were sat top in February with some five games remaining. However, and most unfortunately, bad weather arrived and we found ourselves without a game for some seven weeks. When we did eventually return to action we had a run of games in quick succession and never managed to find the sort of form we had been in before the soggy stuff came to stay!”

Both Martin and his team are looking forward to the stage when – and it should come to fruition over the next two years – they can have their own pitch and clubhouse in Cranbrook itself.

During the season the team train at the Cranbrook Education Campus each Wednesday night from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and manager Martin is always keen to speak with any prospective new players who might further improve the squad.

As for the here and now, it’s rest time for Martin, though, in a World Cup year, there’s precious little break in terms of the wall-to-wall football.

So who does the Cranbrook boss suggest we look out for in the World Cup that starts in Russia later this week?

Martin says: “I always say that you can rely on Germany to get to the latter stages at major tournaments, Brazil are a good side but not sure if they’re good enough to go all the way. It’s a similar story with Spain, but I personally fancy France – they have a fantastic squad and I think 2018 could be their year! As for dark horses – watch out for Poland, I think they could upset a few. Either way I do think it’s going be an interesting tournament!”

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