Can we assume this one will go ahead? Wealdstone have had a good start.
Will transfer my Solihull prediction: Real Stones 2 The Other Stones 2. Attendance 2,222.
as I will be there on a rare midweek visit, the attendance would be 2223, and having ensured mersin had a clean sheet on saturday this will be a hard fraught 2-1 stones win (just hoping the right stones)
Wealdstone may be well up the table, but thus far they haven't played any of the major teams. Results this far have been: 0-0 Yeovil H 1-0 Gateshead A 1-0 Halifax H 2-1 Oldham A 0-1 Eastleigh A 3-2 Bromley H 1-1 Woking H
So, four points more than us, scoring eight goals and conceding just five, though all of them in the last four games. Sam Corne reckoned they were all up for making amends after the Gateshead debacle. Let's hope the fire still burns bright.
Pissing down! Thin crowd so far - no one standing round the pitch - for obvious reasons! - huge gaps in main stand (but then that makes no difference to the gate!). Genco looks pretty crowded. No Elul - injured?
"JDL is quite correct in what he says so best you all apologise to him."
Our first conventional back four of the season? Hoyte to right back, new guy to left back, Fowler and double barrel in the middle. And so far, so good. Lots of hard work, though Wealdstone this far not interested in breaking at speed, as per Dorking and have offered little up front. There again, neither have we, for all our possession. Need to get Christy on the ball more as he has the pace and skill to unsettle them. Slightly fussy ref - where you take free kicks and throw ins is obviously a RULE this season, but thus far consistent and fair. And it stopped raining after ten minutes, but now started again. Am guessing crowd will be close to 2000, with about 100 away fans.
Disappointing in the end, because overall we were the better side. Not sure how Wealdstone are so far up the table because they showed little interest in attacking until after we scored. Brilliant set up by Pattisson for Corne to score and shame we couldn't hold on. However, thought Christy could have put himself about more at times, because he showed he had the beating of their defenders. Midfield worked their socks off, with Corne and Gurung especially good for me. Back four and Mersin didn't do much wrong, but there are obviously several sides in this league who will pose a much greater challenge. As for the ref, he continued to be very fussy, but was at least consistent. The irony was him telling Hoyte off for taking too long over a thrown in when he must have wasted more time himself than both sides put together.
Well, I would have preferred 3 points, but 1 is OK - probably an accurate reflection of the game.
Although how the hell Wealdstone are 6th is way beyond me. They could have had two or three goals, but against a decent side they could play all day and not score. Their no 10 is a joke.
Our back 4 looked better, even without Ellul. With him it might have been as good as last season. But our style of play was baffling. The first 15 minutes wasn't bad - although our attacks didn't lead to anything - but for the rest of the first half we played a lot of tippy-tappy in our own half. This is OK if you're looking for options to go forward, but all we did was get bored and then hoof it up the pitch. A lot of passing back to the keeper too, often when there were much better options available. Poor old Christie got so few balls he had to all the way back to our goal line to pick it up himself at one point. What is the point of constantly passing back to the goalie when his distribution is a bad as Mersin's?
The second half was better, but the game still had 0-0 written all over it. But at least we attacked more - and even had some half chances. At the other end Wealstone didn't do much, but actually looked more dangerous than us in front of goal. Without their poor finishing and Mersin's classy save, we would have lost all three points.
The goal, when it finally came was well worked and well deserved. But if you go 1-0 up against a team with as poor a scoring record as Wealdstone in the 80th minute and then let them score, questions need to be asked. Perhaps the first one being do we actually have any strikers? For a lot of the game, we seemed to be playing 3-7-0. Gurung - who had a good game - seems to be the closest we have to a conventional striker, but a lot of the time the only players actually playing forward were the wingers.
Overall, a draw is better than losing, and, after the Gateshead debacle, it was welcome, but I didn't see too much tonight that made me feel much better about the games coming up.