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2017-18 National League South

Discussion in 'Non-League Football' started by Aberstone, May 14, 2017.

  1. Look Out There Are Llamas

    Look Out There Are Llamas Llamas ._.

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    4-2 Eastbourne. I swear Chelmsford are the only team in this league that have any idea how to defend.
     
  2. Aberstone

    Aberstone Well-Known Member

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    That's probably about right....

    East Thurrock United 1-1 Wealdstone (Att: 411)

    The work ethic and application put in by the players yesterday was very impressive and the credit has to go to Bobby Wilkinson as there is no way certain players would have put a shift in yesterday had it been under GB.

    We had a fair amount of possession and territory but didn't test their goalkeeper anywhere near enough as we should have (especially in the second half) and when only 1-0 up plus an incompetent referee on the field, you're asking for trouble. I'd like to see if it was handball which was given as the FK which led to the goal but Sam Higgins managed to turn in the 6 yard box and rifle a shot past North into the roof of the net.

    Shame as I thought we deserved the 3 points but the signs are there that we'll be moving up the table rather shortly. Matt Day was superb on his debut yesterday, pinging 50 yard diagonal passes for fun, organising at the back and didn't miss a tackle either.

    Good on those at East Thurrock for having a £2 a pint happy hour before KO - had I not been driving then they would have got more of my custom. Pravha Pilsner on tap too which must be exclusive to this division and like fellow Essex clubs Chelmsford and Concord, they pour a decent pint.
     
  3. Clem Fandango

    Clem Fandango Active Member

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    Cracking win at St Albans and yet didn't play particularly well again. Last time we won five in a row was 2009 (we got promoted that season...). Chippenham away Tuesday and feeling pretty confident we can keep it going. Really need Ethan Moore to find the back of net soon though.
     
  4. Aberstone

    Aberstone Well-Known Member

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    Missing my first game of the season at Weston tomorrow night - seems something every year prevents me from going. 4 seasons here now and I've still yet to make it to Weston!
     
  5. Aberstone

    Aberstone Well-Known Member

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    Weston-Super-Mare 5-1 Wealdstone (Att: 416)

    Shambolic by all accounts, although it's not like the scoreline didn't give that away...

    Relegation battle it is. Oh goody!
     
  6. Clem Fandango

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    Chippenham 2 Gloucester C 0

    We looked like a team coming into the game on the back of four defeats not four wins. Considering Sandell missed out that should have been a blessing in disguise but instead they played us off the (very sloping) pitch. Their forward line, especially Andrews, caused us problems all night. We desperately need more firepower, we offered very little.

    Weird home fans, any support that considers lighting up their mobile phones in unison and waving it about deserves eternal belterdom.
     
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  7. Raymondo316

    Raymondo316 Well-Known Member

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    Nothing will beat the Whitehawk ultras for weirdness.
    When we played them, whenever they got a corner they all got their keys out and started jangling them.
     
  8. Aberstone

    Aberstone Well-Known Member

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    I did read that at a tribunal earlier on this week, Whitehawk were ordered to pay Duncan Culley £7,000 in wages as their contract handed to him last season was deemed to be misleading. Even had one of their Ultra Twitter handles hoping that Bognor would win for the first time ever yesterday, speaking of which...

    Wealdstone 3-0 Bognor Regis Town (Att: 845)

    First win since the opening day and the first clean sheet of the season to boot. Our setup was to press after Bognor's defenders would play the ball into the midfield (half-press if you will), Bobby Wilkinson continually reiterating to the players that they keep their shape. We played 4-2-3-1 but were losing the midfield battle in the first half an hour as our narrow play allowed Bognor to spray it wide breaking the press and meant they could effectively press us when we had the ball in the middle.

    The above changed when Danny Green planted a 30 yard free kick into the top corner. Suddenly Bognor's heads dropped, their decision making was flawed and we were picking up second balls. In fairness to Bognor, they did hit the post in the second half at 1-0 down which would have totally changed the dynamic of the game but my favourite goal of the season so far was our 2nd. Jerome Okimo on a darting run in midfield playing in Ryan Sellers on the left hand side, lovely feint and planted a shot into the top corner on his weaker foot. Ciaron Brown headed in from a corner for a convincing win in the end.

    Bognor reminded me of ourselves in our first season in the Conference South. We brought in plenty of technically gifted footballers from the Ryman but they weren't up to the physical demands of the league and consequently were getting bullied off the ball.

    Decent atmosphere at the Vale yesterday and I'm glad that BW got his first win as Stones manager. Hoping for more of the same on Monday night at home to Poole.
     
  9. Raymondo316

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    East Thurrock are top of the league :eyes::eyes:
    Gonna be a real culture shock for the ex league clubs if they come up next season.
     
  10. rudebwoyben

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    ETU with their three bus shelter stands and a fanbase no bigger than Wingate & Finchley's!
     
  11. DarkSithLord

    DarkSithLord Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Would their ground meet the requirements for promotion?
     
  12. Lance Stoe

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    They better bloody allow them up. Be totally pissed off if they don't
     
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    Chaps in here - talk to me about Gary Owers please.

    I know there aren't any Bath fans on here but hoping some of you may have a bit of an insight?
     
  14. Clem Fandango

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    Poor 1-0 defeat against Havant where we struggled to create anything on Saturday and then a 1-1 draw against Hampton & Richmond on Monday in a pretty forgettable game. Absolutely desperate for a forward and a midfielder with some creativity.

    Talking of which Ethan Moore has gone on loan to Evesham.
     
  15. DarkSithLord

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    Steve King has returned to Whitehawk for a second spell as manager.
     
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    The money must have returned too. He's not gone there for peanuts and the love of the game. Hopefully he takes them down.
     
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    When we were struggling last season he was hanging around our place like a bad smell. Then as soon as Saunders was given a new contract he suddenly disappeared....
     
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    He wanted the job here before it was to an to Steve Brown.
     
  19. Aberstone

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    4-1 win over Poole on Monday night. Can't say it was a thrilling game but we blew them away with a 5 minute onslaught before half time scoring 3 times.

    As for Steve King going back to Whitehawk - I hope* the owners have their cheque book to hand.

    *I don't.
     
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    The executive committee of Hungerford Town, supported by the players, have unanimously opted for the new management team consisting of Jon Boardman and Ian Herring as joint-managers and Gary Macdonald as assistant-manager.
     

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