- Created: Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:21
- Published: Tuesday, 30 July 2013 12:21
Moving into 8th place, there is an uncharacteristic sense of agreement between our pundits as three of the four tip Deveronvale for the position. It all begins with http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner.
8th Place: Deveronvale
Last Season: Prediction: 11th Actual: 7th
P 34 W 17 D 7 L 10 GD 21 Pts 58
Post Season Positives:
Vale have added a good blend of players, with youngsters Ross Aitken and Craig Simpson arriving alongside the experience of Shawn Scott and Kevin Duguid. Overall, for the players to have a settled summer without the uncertainty of managerial change should be considered a positive. A year down the line, Charlie Charlesworth will have a good idea of how the club's targets can be met.
Post Season Negatives:
After an excellent start under Charlie last season, Vale fell away somewhat after the new year. Charlie may have preferred it to be the other way round in order to carry momentum into the new season. However, the period of reflection may be just what Charlie needed.
Graeme Watt. A hugely reliable player for Charlie. He contributed a great deal for Charlie in his first season as both a scorer and a provider for others, as well as being carrying out his duties as vice-captain.
We are now at the stage in the table where small margins can separate several teams. Although Vale have a few players who have tasted Highland League title success before, comparatively I think they're still in the early stages of manufacturing a side capable of winning the title. As Cove showed last season, and Forres before them, it takes a number of years to get to that stage. While I think the long-term signs are definitely there for Vale under Charlie, perseverance will be the key as they continue to build. 8th