So last Saturday then… it’s a cliché (theres a few in this) but I think we would’ve taken a point pre match v Barton what with them being many pundits dark horses this season but during the course of the game (the penalty save) and some of the decisions that went against us I thought we were unlucky not to come away with all three and after not getting any points on opening day since 2012 that has to be seen as progress and I think as the season goes on we’ll come to regard it as a “good point”.
The Reserves lost on opening day to Renishaw Rangers to two second half goals from the hosts Aiden Mctighe and Jack Yeomans. but they don’t have that much time to dissect that one as they are in action again on Thursday 9th August when they return to the familiar surroundings of Inkersall Road to face last season’s fourth placed and the side that knocked us out of both cup competitions last season Collingham….theyre a community club much the same as we are, have been around since 1887 and they’re decent.
and after beating Retford United 1-0 in their first game of the season last Saturday they will provide another tough test for Joe, Mark and Craig’s boys.
After one game the first team take a break from the league to welcome Boston Town of the United Counties Premier League for an Extra Preliminary Round tie in the oldest cup competition in the world (still in existence) the Emirates FA CUP!!!
The Poachers came about to fill the gap left after a row over money which led to Boston United pulling out of senior football altogether in the 1960s leaving the Town with no football club. (or so is my understanding – theres more here http://www.bostontownfc.co.uk/history/club-history )
Boston FC as they were known then went onto be pretty successful reaching the Fa cup first round proper in 1976, losing to Barnsley 4-1 after going 1-0 up! They were founder members of our Own Northern Counties East League but were not that successful (their words) and moved to the UCL in the early 1990s where they added the Town bit.
Last season they finished in 13th place and opened this one with a 1-3 home defeat to Oadby town surrendering a halftime lead courtesy of Scott Coupleand in a daft fifteen minute spell in the second half.
Missing from that game was the “influential” Simon Ashton and Ollie Pinner who requires an operation. Ashton may well be back when we play them though. They also have a certain Cameron Johnson in their squad who played for us 4 times last season.
We have met twice before in the Fa Cup and if you’re really desperate to read about our two defeats then click away at the pictures below.
Man of the Match
We’ve had a bit of a problem with this over the last few seasons, in terms of prize consistency so to combat that we’ve come up with a clubhouse bar voucher for a prize….admittedly holding a bit of paper makes the “photo of fan handing over prize” look a bit naff but it really does tick more boxes than the usual bottle of wine does.
We do need your thoughts though on who to give it to after each game so please let one of our volunteers know after the game and we’ll be sure to add your vote to the pile. and if any of you business owners out there want to sponsor it then we’d be happy to here from you… (price negotiable)
Entrance to our reserves game is £2 Adults £1 concessions and under 16s FREE and our First team game is £5 Adults £3 concessions and Under 16s FREE
thanks for listening – Steven