Match Preview: Eccleshill United v Trojans 3rd August

31/07/2019

So that’s it preseason over and this Saturday 3rd August will see us start season number 31 better known as 2019/2020 away at Eccleshill United who will be looking to build on an excellent first season back in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division last year where they finished in 10th place gaining 53 points from their thirty eight games.

The corresponding fixture last season 2nd October 2018 was every bit the proverbial Jekyll and Hyde performance from us as we took the lead thanks to a Joe Pugh volley in the 37th minute and extended it just after half time via brilliant solo run and finish down the right hand side from Matty Davies, however just as we appeared to be cruising toward three points Jake Thompson pulled one back in the 83rd then Sam Bradley applied the vital touch in the final minute to rescue a point for Eccleshill. Disappointing as that was at the time on reflection it was probably a fair result.

It’s been all change since then though and during the summer the Eagles manager of the last four years Sean Reagan resigned “with the club’s full gratitude.” It has to be said who continued “Sean has done a tremendous job for Eccleshill United over the past few years, and the club respects his decision of leaving and searching for new opportunities.

Former Exeter City player Lee Elam is the man now in charge and on the face of it (from a quick look at their website and the squad page on the NCEL website) he’s not been shy in rejigging the squad to his own liking and only six players that either played in their last match of last season or played against us namely, Goalkeeper Jack Bentley, defenders Aran Basi, Matt Storr midfielders: Ryan Hargreaves, Nathan Woodward and imposing Centre Forward Chris Lever remain at the club.

This is meant to be a preview of the game on Saturday but it’s the first game and there’s no point in talking about form and that because we’ve only got preseason games to go on and it might be a bit of a cliché but they really do mean 2 fifths of absolutely nothing, and likewise Team news wise expect both sides to have a full squad to pick from although we will be without Brad Jones who is unfortunately serving a two match suspension carried over from the end of last season.

What you could look out for though is all the new law changes, the majority of which I feel and having seen them in action during the summer tournaments will improve the game particularly the drop ball and the removal of the time wasting substitute option… and of course theres the Sinbins which I’ve deliberately swerved explaining because basically enough has been said on blogs and twitter already….

Soapbox alert…

I will add though that most of whats been said (for me) has tended to focus on the mechanics of how it’ll be administered rather than acknowledge the reasons its being brought in for and have been ridiculously over the top with their negativity.

In simple terms theres a WORLD WIDE problem with the amount of people wanting to be referees and it doesn’t take a genius to understand why and somethings now being done about it at long last…again if players don’t give the referee cause to go to the sinbin option then you’ll never see it happen… much like freekicks for backpasses are hardly ever given these days because ‘keepers just simply don’t pick the ball up anymore.

anyway back to the game … We’re not sure if the bus will be going to the game at this moment in time as it depends on driver availability but whether were in the bus or several #twocars we’re looking to be leaving the Inkersall Road carpark at 12pm and according to the league website its £5 Adults and £3 concessions to get in.

safe journey to all and good luck to the lads

Steven H. #upthetrojans


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