So that’s its preseasons over and its time to welcome in the season proper next Saturday 4th August when our first team are at home to Barton Town, who’ have rarely been outside the top half of the table since they joined the NCEL Premier Division in 2011-2012, the only blip being 2016-2017 where a reprieve stopped them being relegated back to division one. Last season, a little bit like ourselves they struggled for quite some time before a late surge saw them comfortably in mid table once more.
Historically theres not much to choose between the two sides in league games played at Inkersall Road (table below) with only goal difference giving us a marginally better record.
Fun fact: Not all of those games made it to full time on 9th April 2012 the match was abandoned on 59 minutes, with our visitors 0-6 up…. i’ll leave you to work out why. – incidentally the result stood.
“Mr Barton” Gareth Barlow has signed up for another season hoping to add to his 300 odd goals for the club and they’ve raided Bridlington Town to snap up the services of Joel Sutton who found the net 20 ish times in 2017/18. So they aren’t short of firepower, also swapping the seaside for the Humber is Alex Knaggs who according to the blurb on their website is a defender that will “get the job done, he’s sturdy, and rarely makes errors”…time of course will tell. – nb the rest of the Barton players are featured on the link so if that sort of thing floats your boat then click away 🙂
Now this is meant to be a preview of the game on Saturday but its the first game and there’s no point in talking about form and that because we’ve only got preseason games to go on. for what its worth though both teams have won more than they’ve lost or drawn, but those games really mean absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things and we’ll know more and therefore be able to talk about about the fortunes of every club in the league by 4:45pm.
Our reserves who have been flying in preseason save for their last encounter, a 4-1 defeat to Swanick in which they my have learned more than in the wins previously, have a derby game to start their season away at Renishaw Rangers on Saturday 4th August. The hosts will be looking to get off to a better start than they did last year where they lost their first eleven games which included some double figure hammerings before a mid season rally that saw them finish well clear of the relegation places…no two seasons are the same at this level though and it’ll be interesting to see how our young reserves side cope with the step up in quality as the season progresses.
kick off for both games is 3pm and as usual entry prices to Inkersall Road are £5 Adults £3 Concessions and Under 16s get in for free.
Up the Trojans