Monday Morning Quarterback – Week 11 Upon Further Review
Well, well, well, after some poor recent performances we pulled a display out of the bag that was worthy of any promotion playoff team, as we took the game to Weymouth after weathering the first 15 minutes of play.
The defence, midfield all rose above normal expectations and were one and all putting out a performance that the fans who braved the journey out of Basingstoke deserved.
The forward-line attacked the Weymouth defence with determination and were unlucky not to have added to their two goals. The second-half saw Sam Smart break the offside trap on a number of occasions and the Weymouth keeper made one superb save that just rolled past the outstretched foot of Argent, who would have just needed a tap-in from 5yds.
Think Jack Wakely led the back-line with authority, but this was a game where tackles, interceptions and blocks were completed by all the Stoke defenders and players such as Collier who was forced to play 70 mins due to Shane Hollamby’s injury.
Again Kian Duncan showed promise and looks good for another starting role tomorrow night.
But I think the team plays better when Harry Pearse is alongside Sam Deadfield. Their passing and movement improves the flow of the team, and Harry’s energy is there for the whole team to see. It was also a great finish with his right-foot that gave us the lead Saturday.
A big three points sets us up for two home games this week. Firstly, Salisbury at home tomorrow night, then the return match against bottom-place Staines Town.
Ok what happened around our league last weekend? To be honest very little, as with our game, only three games beat the weather.
Whilst League leaders Taunton Town were idle, and we beat second-placed Weymouth.
In third place Salisbury, travelled to Hendon and after falling behind to a 9th minute goal, levelled it on the stroke of half-time with the first of two Daniel Fitchett goals. Fitchett added his second on 64 mins, before a 90th minute equaliser sent Salisbury with juts one point in a 2-2 draw.
Both Met Police & Harrow the other two playoff placed teams were idle.
The last game in our league was 6th placed Kings Langley, who travelled to the Black Gold Stadium to take on Poole Town, but were sent home packing, as Poole Town moved back upto 8th place.
Ok, the top of the table looks like this;
In the relegation places none of the bottom three played, therefore the table remains as shown;
Basingstoke Town leading Goal Scorer Chart
Ok the up-to-date goal-scoring league table with 46 goals in total.
Dean Stow 9
Sam Argent 8
Sam Deadfield 6
Jack McKnight 4 (Eastleigh Town)
Sam Smart 4
Ben Wright 3
Harry Pearse 3
Dan Collier 2
Zidane Akers 2
Callum Bunting 2 (Departed)
Dan Bayliss 1
Shane Hollamby 1
Own Goals 1
Currently there are just 3 games including ours to update you on Wednesday.
Your MMQ – Martin French