Monday Morning Quarterback – Week 2 – Upon Further Review
This is the second of a new weekly report, where I take a 2nd look at our Saturday match, including comments and thought’s on the forum and Terry Brown’s post-match interview. I will then take a quick look at how the teams in our league got on over the weekend.
Going into the FA trophy match against Torquay Utd as clear underdogs, and with the possible prospect of getting hammered by a team a division above us and in good form, Terry Brown, reverted to a basic understanding that you need to protect your weakest link, in our case our back four. As was commented by myself and others on the forum, we needed to play two holding defenders. Well Terry did that, and boy did those two, Dan Collier and Charlie Kennedy perform, especially in the first half.
Yet again one or two players on the edge of the team, failed to take their chances to push for a starting role and also to give them self some much needed confidence.
Having listened to Terry’s post-match interview, it is clear we have one or two players carrying knocks into Tuesday’s game against Hartley Wintney.
McAdden picked up some form of muscle injury during the second half and Shane Hollamby needed medical attention on at least 2 occasions Saturday.
Having played two hours of committed football on wet and heavy conditions, it was clear Terry wants his players to rest up in preparation for Tuesday’s game, and 3 points would be a useful start in getting our team back on the right track to doing that.
As stated in my article last week, Terry Brown was evaluating the squad and tomorrow night’s game, could go along way in determining what possible squad changes he may need to make. A tall powerful centre-back would be nice. But they don’t grow on trees and likely don’t come cheap either?
Our League this Weekend
With the top two teams Weymouth and Salisbury also playing in the FA Trophy like us, 3rd placed Taunton went to Farnborough and came away with a convincing 1-4 victory and move back to the top of the table.
Merthyr continued on their winning run, with a 2-0 win against Wimborne Two and moved into 4th place, whilst Hendon dropped to 5th after a poor performance at Gosport losing 3-1.
The Met Police moved to 6th place on the edge of the playoff spots with a 2-0 win against bottom-placed Staines Town 2-0 at home. They sit just 3pts behind Hendon but have two games in hand over the teams above.
The top of the table appears like this;
PLD WON DRAWN LOST PTS
Taunton Town 16 11 2 3 35
Weymouth 15 10 3 2 33
Salisbury 15 9 3 3 30
Merthyr 15 8 4 3 28
Hendon 15 8 4 3 28
The two other remaining games in our league saw Chesham Utd win at home beating Frome Town 2-1, whilst our Tuesday night opponents Hartley Wintney, picking up a point with a well-earned 1-1 draw at Tiverton Town.
The bottom 3 relegation places look like this;
PLD WON DRAWN LOST PTS
Dorchester Town 14 3 4 7 13
Chesham Utd 16 3 3 10 12
Staines Town 18 3 0 15 9
Finally, with the possible prospect of playing Hartley Wintney four times this season, it would be good to get off to a good start with win tomorrow night, so anyone who reads, please come down to the Camrose and get behind your Basingstoke Town boys.
Your MMQ – Martin French