Monday Morning Quarterback – Week 8 Upon Further Review
Ok starting off with our win at Hartley Wintney, we now moved back upto 17th place, and sit on 28pts.
Still very much within the relegation fight, but finally our overall team play got the points it deserved.
The clean sheet was vital, and the defence played well, and timely tackles and a strong assured goalkeeping performance helped secure the victory.
The offence which struggled on a pitch (that sloped and was bumpy in places), in the first half, then leapt into life in the second, after an Aaron Redmond flick which allowed Sammie Smart to take a touch and then smash one into the roof of the net to take the lead.
This was quickly followed up by a 30yd run and finish by Harry Pearse, who shrugged off at least two tackles on the run as he sent us two-up and the game was effectively over.
Hartley Wintney are a team that don’t give up, but apart from a goalmouth shot over the bar with 5 minutes to play, were held to shots from 25yds or further away.
We head into Tuesday’s League Challenge Cup at the Camrose on a slight high, knowing that Saturday’s home match against Chesham Utd is more vital in our league revival.
Martin Kuhl will need to prepare a squad to try to progress in the League Cup, whilst
Ok, to the rest of the games played in our league last Saturday.
As usual starting with the League leaders as Taunton Town slipped up again as they were held 1-1 at home to Dorchester Town. Taunton took an early lead behind their leading goal-scorer Andrew Neal, but The Magpies pulled level on 38 mins by Brennan Camp and neither team could get a winner. Another good crowd of 732 saw the leaders fail to win for the 3rd game running and their lead has been cut back to just 4pts now.
Sitting behind them is still Weymouth, who beat Tiverton Town 2-1 in front of another decent crowd of 769. Weymouth took the lead from Benjamin Thomson’s goal on halftime. Joshua Wakefield then doubled the lead on 63 mins, with Tiverton getting a goal back with 10 minutes remaining.
Salisbury held onto 3rd place with a good 1-2 away at Merthyr Town. They took the lead early in the second half and then added a second on 85 mins with Merthyr’s only response deep into injury-time.
In 4th is Harrow Borough who continued on their strong promotion run as they came twice from behind to beat 5th placed Met Police in a thrilling 4-3 match at Earlsmead Stadium. Harrow’s striker Dylan Kearney got the scoring underway on 10mins, but then Met Police hit back twice inside 25 mins with goals by Jack Mazzone & Johnathan Hippolyte and led at halftime. Kearney then added his second just after halftime, before Met Police took the lead again on 51 mins with a second by Mazzone. The Old Bill were able to hold onto the lead until the 83rd minute when Anthony O’Connor equalised before Kearney got the winner and his hat-trick on 94 mins. Despite Harrow’s surge in form there was just 145 at the match.
In 6th place and chasing the playoff spot is Merthyr, whilst in 7th is Kings Langley who continued their fantastic recent run with 1-2 win at poor old Hendon FC. Goals by Callum Adebiyi and Jermaine Howe secured the win and put them just 3pts away from 5th placed Met Police.
Ok, the top of the table looks like this;
At the bottom of the league, Staines Town, were taken apart 1-4 by Walton Casuals and more importantly James Ewington who bagged all four goals. Staines only response was at the end and are at this stage of the season, look pretty certain for relegation.
Frome Town were able to pick up an important 1-0 win at home against fellow relegation strugglers Wimborne Town, but still sit in 21st place, with Chesham Utd in 20th as they were held to a goal-less draw at home to Beaconsfield Town.
Dorchester Town who we mentioned earlier now sit in 19th with Wimborne Town in 18th.
Ok the final matches not covered were Farnborough who beat Swindon Supermarine 2-1 who scored goals behind Kurtis Cumberbatch and Matthew Bevans. Whilst yet another goal by Gosport’s Ryan Pennery, earned Boro a point in a 1-1 draw at Poole Town.
The bottom 3 relegation places now look like this;
Basingstoke Town leading Goal Scorer Chart
Ok the updated list of our own clubs league goal-scorers; 40 in total.
Dean Stow 8
Sam Argent 7
Sam Deadfield 6
Jack McKnight 4 (Eastleigh Town)
Sam Smart 3
Dan Collier 2
Zidane Akers 2
Harry Pearse 2
Callum Bunting 2 (Departed)
Dan Bayliss 1
Ben Wright 1
Shane Hollamby 1
Own Goals 1
Like a number of our fans we are glad to see Aaron Redford back in a Basingstoke Town shirt.
Your MMQ – Martin French