Bradshaw’s Back is the second instalment of Mason Bradshaw. Make sure to read ‘Mega Project’ before you read this.
Today Mason takes charge of another game. Along with a trip to the seaside, signing two players and some cracking replies to the media! Can he keep Braintree up?
Weston Super Mare (A)
It was a long trip to the Somerset seaside for Braintree this weekend. Mason said to BBC Radio Essex “I’d rather be playing them in the summer!”, then adding “is the pier open all year round?”
Robert Smith, Sports Editor for the Braintree Times, asked Mason what preparations would be made before the game. Mason replied in the most unusual way many would expect a manager to. “Well, we’re going up on the Thursday, we’ll go to Harry Ramsden’s. Have some fish and chips, have a great weekend then hopefully bring three points back to Essex!”
The bookies made Weston Super Mare the favourites for the game, but ex-Ipswich captain Matt Holland said “Poole were favourites last game, and Bradshaw’s men won 4-1. I don’t take any notice on what the bookies say anymore!”
Bradshaw Signs A Vet
Last time, Mason said about the void of veterans, and Mason got in contact with an old pal, Lee Hendrie who has agreed to join the club until the end of the season, and will make his debut against Weston Super Mare.
Mason decided to play a 5-4-1 Diamond formation, which he said was down to “we’re away, and I’ll take point any day!”
It was a boring start to the game, with neither team challenging the other for the first 25 minutes, Bradshaw had come into the match with a Defensive mentality, happy to take a point back to Essex. However, just before the 40 minute mark, Weston Super Mare took the lead as Bradley Sach scored from a wonderful cross from right back Connor Langan. As the match went past the 50th minute, Bradshaw needed to attack, with the team still a goal down, but he was very limited to what he could do, as Braintree are only Semi Pro, Mason didn’t have his back up striker as he was on a business trip, so it meant Malonely going up there! Sadly, it didn’t have much of an impact as Sach got his second of the game just two minutes later. A minute later, it got worse for the Irons as Hughes made it 3-0 to WSM. Jack Malonely got a consolation on the 80th minute, but it ended 3-1 to Weston Super Mare
Sam Adams, pundit for Talksport asked “are you happy with that performance, Mason?” to which Mason replied, sarcastically, “Oh yeah, I’m super happy with that performance in a game that we lose three-one.”
“A very disappointing day” said Mason, speaking to BBC Radio Essex, “appalling defending throughout the game, schoolboy errors. Still a lot of work to do, it seems”
‘What are you doing next?’ was the next question from BBC Radio Essex, Mason replied “Me? I’m off to the beach, see you soon.”
Matt Holland said “It was a very poor performance by Bradshaw’s boys, and I don’t think they are safe, just yet!”
Another Signing…Youth This Time
Braintree have signed the Welsh centre half, Joe McNulty, on a free transfer, and is currently on a Non-Contract deal, he will add to choices for Mason at centre-back
A New Addition to Backroom Staff
Last time, we saw Andrew Smith join Mason as the new assistant manager, and this time we have a new coach, Luke Nash, currently the manager of the Braintree Town Reserves who play in the Thurlow Nunn League, will take up a new role as Coach, and Mason said this about the appointment:
“I am delighted that Luke has taken up our offer to become the coach for the first team, he has done very well with the Reserves and we feel like he deserves the chance to coach some first team players”
Mega Project was a unique Football Manager experience. It featured Mason Bradshaw, a rookie manager who never played professionally. He attempted to climb the football leader from the first job to becoming a world class manager. Mega Project was something that was never been done before as we looked from all angles, from Mason himself, the clubs, his family and friends, colleagues and the world of football. Mason retired from football management but is now back. Mason’s journey continues in Bradshaw’s Back.