Last season, White Ensign sat top of the Eastern Counties League Division One South. Although they sat 5-points ahead of 2nd-place Lopes Tavares and held a 10-point gap over 5th-place, the teams below them had games in-hand. Despite that, manager Brett Munyard felt had the season resumed, they would have secured promotion.
“Although nothing is guarenteed in football, being several points ahead and only having 9-games left to play, I do feel we would of had more than enough to be promoted but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.”
With promotion not secured during the 2019/20 season due to factors out of their hands, Brett had to prepare for the new season with White Ensign as they looked to achieve promotion a second-time around. “In all honesty, we didn’t change much. We felt if we could keep the same squad together and maybe add a couple of players, we would be challenging again. In the end, we signed 3 good players and have added a goalkeeper over the past month. We are really happy with the squad and hopefully have enough to compete at the very top of the table. Only time will tell!”
After just 8-games, White Ensign found themselves top-of-the-league once again with two-games in-hand on Wivenhoe Town. The season began with a 3-0 win at home against 2nd-place Town before they followed that up with a 3-2 win over Burnham Ramblers. Despite their first loss in their first away game of the season against Wormley Rovers, White Ensign have gone on a 5-games unbeaten run with wins over Barkingside, Halstead Town, Burnham Ramblers and Frenford whilst drawing with Brimsdown in their last game before lockdown. “I expected us to be challenging at the top at the moment. We are only 8-games into the season so I’m not looking to much into it, however, we have started well and given ourselves a good platform to build on. It’s a long season and there will be plenty of ups and downs but we are happy with the progress so far.”
The 2020/21 season is certainly a strange season. The FA Cup and FA Vase competitions were scrapped of extra-time and replays, meaning they were decided on the night whilst many leagues made a later start than usual. For Brett, is was certainly a season of many firsts. “The season has been strange with the limited changing rooms, ect but I think everyone is now getting used to it. Overall, it’s still been enjoyable! I don’t think we have hit the heights of last season, performance-wise, but results have been good and we are slowly going through the gears.”
Another new normal which very few expected was the break in the season. The Government announced that grassroots and non-league football would have to stop for a month due to the rising cases of Coronavirus. For some it was hinderance but for others, the break couldn’t have come at a better time. For Brett and White Ensign, it was definitely the later!
“The break came at a good time for us. We had 7 players positive for COVID-19 and a few injuries to deal with so it was great timing. It’s not something anyone wants to get use to and hopefully this is the last time this happens but in this day and age, everyone had to be prepared for all outcomes.”
Beyond this season though, Brett Munyard is hoping to lead White Ensign up the leagues whilst making something of himself too. “The ambitions for Ensign is to play in the Essex Senior League. That’s been my ultimate goal since I got here. Most people though it would never be possible when we was an Olympian league side but we have come so far in such a short space of time. Hopefully, come the end of the season, we would have achieved what we set out to do.”
“My personal ambitions? I want to manage/coach at the highest possible level. I’m extremely ambitious but in no rush as I’m only 29 and don’t see the need to go searching up the leagues. I’m happy at Ensign and enjoying this project.”
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