Around the League in 24 Hrs – 6th March 2019
With Basingstoke Town sitting idle again this week, and only two other league games in our division, I thought I would continue with our fixture hopes, but to clarify that us fans and supporters should really be looking at the next two to three games and not the last four to five games, as if the players do it on the pitch in the next few weeks, then this will ease our concerns anyway.
So I have just included our matches for the rest of March and taken a closer look the opposition;
Basingstoke Fixtures are;
2nd – Hendon AWAY – Hopes for something out of this? LOST NIL POINTS
9th – Swindon Supermarine HOME – We are at home and on our day, we can beat anyone and certainly Swindon Supermarine. Their away record currently stands at W 5 D 5 L6.
16th – Dorchester Town AWAY – Already looks like a huge six-pointer and with a new Manager expected later this week. Their home record currently sits at W 3 D 5 L 9 which is none to impressive!
23rd – Met Police HOME – Defensively we need to be at our best, but again more than winnable. Their away record is W 6 D 6 L 4.
30th – Wimborne Town AWAY – The Magpies home record is impressive W 10 D 3 L 4, so tough to pick-up anything, but we have nothing to lose. If we shut down Tobias Holmes, then who knows?
How many points do you think we get from these games?
I have seen various threads over the past few months that state that current Manager Martin Kuhl has had to deliver above expectations with a minimal budget. Although that’s partially correct, he did take on the role knowing this was always going to be the situation and that due to our Owner’s utter disregard for his football club, however he has kept the budget the same for Jason Bristow, Terry Brown and indeed now Martin Kuhl.
If anything, Martin has probably had slightly more leeway with the budget due to the current league position. The fact that their have been more sightings of Lord Lucan than our Owner is shocking.
What is different is how each Manager has gone about building the team to perform on the pitch. Martin took over a team that had injuries (all Managers have that to contend with), but he decided to build a squad that he had known from previous clubs. Players left, players were no longer required, and it’s been/is a never ending merry-go-round of loan players and dual registration players one week, then their off, sometimes never to return!
Will his experiment work? However you can’t fault the effort.
Games in our league this week
With just two games, sorry just one as the important one, Tiverton Town’s home game against Chesham Utd was postponed for the third time due to a waterlogged pitch.
That just leaves the Met Police’s visit to Kings Langley. The Kings took the lead on just 6 minutes behind their leading goal-scorer Mitchell Weiss, but were soon pegged back ten minutes later by a John Gilbert goal. Then just past the half hour (35), Met Police scored the final goal of the game by Luke Robertson as the Old Bill won 1-2 and arrested all three points on the night.
Hampshire Snr Cup Semi-Final Draw
Ok it has been confirmed that our Hampshire Cup Semi-Final against SouthamptonU23’s will now take place on Tuesday 2nd April.
A huge game for us, so make a note in your diary and get your fellow Stoke fans out for this one.
Evo-Stick South Premier Division South – Goal Scoring Chart
This table is from Evo-Stick Website, so assume it is accurate.
The current table looks like this,
Brandon Goodship – Weymouth 29
Tobias Holmes – Wimborne Town 28
Conor McDonagh – Swindon Supermarine 22
Max Blackmore – Met Police 19
Andrew Neal – Taunton Town 19
Jack Mazzone – Met Police 18
Dylan Kearney – Harrow Borough 18
Ricardo German – Hendon 17
Attendances In Our League
Ok since last week with no home game, we now sit in 8th place for the average at home attendances of 378 per home game. This week’s opponents Swindon Supermarine sit in 13th place with an average of 249.
Games To Keep An Eye On This Weekend
With us just outside the relegation places, but within two points of that bottom three, here are the more important games that can affect our position.
Beaconsfield Town (15th) Vs Walton Casuals (16th)
Farnborough Vs Dorchester Town (20th)
Gosport Borough (18th) Vs Tiverton Town (17th )
Staines Town (RELE) Vs Frome Town (21st)
Taunton Town Vs Hartley Wintney (12th)
Weymouth Vs Hendon (14th)
Finally later today on our Supporters Club Website will be an update on a few of last year’s academy players, who I saw play last night.