Around the League in 48Hrs – 23rd January 2019
Well yesterday’s afternoon’s postponement of our match at Chesham Utd, became a bit of a joke for those who had started their journey to the game. Some fans made it to Chesham, others near to Chesham stated that heavy snow was falling nearby earlier in the afternoon and other fans were on the road starting the journey to Chesham, when they found out the game had been called off.
It was clear from a very early point that this game was in danger, so when you hear statements from Chesham that the game is on and their groundsman is preparing the pitch as normal, from mid-to-late afternoon, you have to question it?
I fully understand that fans (certainly at this club), make their own way to the game, so are fully responsible for their own decisions, but surely I have to question what weather view the groundsman and club officials were looking at throughout the day.
Anyway, we will have the pleasure of the trip to Chesham, likely on another Tuesday night in February.
With the fact that the League tries to fit postponed games back in the schedule as soon as possible, likely dates in February are the 12th, 19th or 26th. Remember, the 5th February is already the re-scheduled home match against Salisbury.
In other news for the club, Martin Kuhl has brought in two new players into the club, as our growing injury list attacks our squad. Well to be honest only one real new face, as midfielder James Granger from Eastleigh United has signed till the end of the season. The other player is the signing of ex-stalwart forward Manny Williams on dual registration with Slough Town.
For those fans who remember Manny, he always gave the club 100% and I’m sure a few fans may come along this Saturday to see his return to the Camrose pitch in a Basingstoke shirt. Oh by the way, I remember him taking the odd one or two penalties for Stoke in his time at the club!
Including our match there were five games scheduled to take place in our league this week. However, due to various reason, only one game went ahead, and that was Harrow Borough’s visit to the Black Gold Stadium to take on Poole Town. In this match Poole Town took a 3-1 lead with just 11 minutes to go, but were pulled back by goals on 90 minutes and then Dylan Kearney’s second of the match on 93 minutes to take a point as the game finished. Dylan Kearney’s brace now gives him 17 on the season.
Most games were cancelled due to the weather, but the Kings Langley vs Salisbury match, was cancelled as one of King Langley’s main fans and sponsors Matt Allcock just 46, collapsed after last Saturday’s game at Weymouth and was unable to be revived. The club therefore postponed the game in respect of Matt.
The other games postponed were Walton Casuals visit to Hartley Wintney and Weymouth’s visit to Hendon.
Point of Note – Hendon Update
Hendon FC who picked up a point, but really dropped two points after allowing a 2-0 halftime lead slip as they drew 2-2 Saturday. The draw still allowed them to slip one more place and they now sit 16th place with 32pts. That is just 4pts above the relegation places where we sit.
Only Staines Town continued their losing streak which is now upto 13 games.
Leading League Goals Scorers
The current table looks like this,
Conor McDonagh – Swindon Supermarine 21
Brandon Goodship – Weymouth 20
Ricardo German – Hendon 17
Andrew Neal – Taunton Town 17
Tobias Holmes – Wimborne Town 17
Dylan Kearney – Walton Casuals 17
Jack Mazzone – Met Police 17
Max Blackmore – Met Police 15
Ryan Pennery – Gosport Borough 15
Attendances In Our League
Ok since last week with no home game, we still sit in 7th place for the average at home attendances of 345 per home game. This week’s opponents are Harrow Borough who despite being in the playoff places for most of the season, average just 161 and are in 19th place.
Weymouth sit top of this table with an average of 830 per home game.
Games To Keep An Eye On This Weekend
With us in the relegation places, here are the more important games that can affect our position.
Dorchester Town vs Poole Town
Gosport Borough vs Farnborough
Swindon Supermarine vs Frome Town
Walton Casuals vs Chesham Utd