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Post  Wandering on Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:44 am

The potential champions in waiting arrive in South Wales at the weekend seeking to improve on the two previous results between the side earlier this season. Beyond that there’s three precious league points at stake, which both sides want for different reasons. In terms of the current league standings and overall performances of the two teams this season, Poole must start as clear favourites although things don’t always work out as simple as that. It’s obvious that the Dolphins are under pressure to finally achieve automatic promotion to the Conference South at the third attempt, and we all know that perhaps that long and winding road until the end of the season is still fraught with difficulty until they cross the finishing line.

With the poor weather reducing some of the fixtures recently to a guessing game involving a series of pitch inspections to establish whether they will be on or off, the Poole manager Tom Killick has already made his feelings known about the use of non-grass surfaces. In an article published in the Bournemouth Echo last month he stated that he has “mixed feelings” about artificial pitches but also believes all clubs should play on the same surface. “If someone said to me that the only way of sustaining football at this level and possibly beyond would be to install an artiifical pitch then I would be in favour of them. But that is not going to happen and we are not all going to suddenly have one. I imagine they are going to become an increasing feature and the number of clubs using them is going to rise in the next few years.”

The main strength of the Poole team has been its spine, from Nick Hutchings their experienced goalkeeper who has made over 200 appearances and played a major role in their formidable defensive record over the last three seasons to Michael Walker and James Whiskin, both dominant central defenders.

With previous experience at Portsmouth and Eastbourne Borough 21-year old full back Lewis Tallack has been considered by many of their supporters to be the Dolphins most consistent player this season.

Steve Devlin, Carl Pettefer and Luke Burbridge provide the experience and know how in the midfield, while they also make major goalscoring contributions to the side.

Even when only half fit, the experienced Richard Gillespie is still a dangerous striker and can win a game in the blink of an eye. We know from past experience that they have a couple of players who can produce moments of quality which can hurt us. Recent loan signing from Gosport Borough, Lee Wort was also a prolific scorer for Sholing at Step 3.

However, it’s in the middle of the park that the game will probably be decided. After his recent return to form we must be able to find a starting place in the team for potential match winner Kerry Morgan. We also need to stay switched on at the back for ninety minutes, and continue to give everything up front that we have done in our last three games.

After an indifferent start things have improved for Poole as the season has progressed but they have only won twice in the last seven league games and drawn the last three, but we should be under no illusions that this will be a very tough game. We did very well earlier in the season to draw 2-2 at Tatnum when they equalized in the closing stages.

They’ve shown this season that they are still top guns with win’s over Chippenham, Leamington, Redditch and Dorchester. However, we appear to have turned the corner based on recent performances and if there’s more to come from us this could be a good indication of how we are capable of playing over the final third of the season.

With a schedule that’s going to get tougher, these are the games we have to file away under ‘extremely challenging’ and ensure we take some positives forward.

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Post  muscles76 on Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:35 am

moan moan moan moan moan getting them in before we beat them !!!!

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Post  Wandering on Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:14 pm

Killick confirms interest in ex-Swindon striker
Bournemouth Echo


Poole Town manager Tom Killick has confirmed his interest in former Swindon striker Ashan Holgate.

Holgate, currently a free agent having recently left Chippenham, held talks with Killick after watching Poole’s 1-1 draw with King’s Lynn at Tatnam on Saturday. The 29-year-old progressed through the ranks at the County Ground and made 11 appearances for the Robins, including nine in League One.

He dropped into non-league with Weston-super-Mare in 2006 and had spells at Eastleigh, Newport County, Maidenhead and Oxford City before joining Chippenham in 2014.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “Ashan parted company with Chippenham three or four weeks ago and had to have a minor knee operation. He is probably a month or so from fitness and is someone I have always been an admirer of. He will get to a point where his fitness is back and then we will see where we are. The idea was that he would come to the game so we could have a chat and I introduced him to some of the players. He is keen on coming and I am keen on having him and am hopeful we will be able to sort out something but we need to be able to get him to a point where he is fit.”

Poole’s pursuit of the Southern Premier League title was checked by a third successive draw as they went into action for the first time since Boxing Day. King’s Lynn took the lead in controversial circumstances after Michael Walker had been harshly judged to have handled with Sam Mulready heading home the resultant free-kick on 32 minutes.

A combination of errant finishing and the heroics of King’s Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street prevented the Dolphins from levelling until substitute Richard Gillespie equalised 12 minutes from time.

Killick added: “It was frustrating. We hadn’t played for pretty much three weeks and King’s Lynn had managed to get a couple of games in and it looked like that was the case. We weren’t quite as sharp as we would have hoped. It was another day where we paid the price for missing chances. We had enough chances to win but, in the end, we had to come from behind to claim a point. Having equalised, we still had chances to win. That is three draws in a row and three points from nine when I would have said the worst-case scenario would have been six. We have faltered a little over the past three games and the added thing now is that we have two really difficult away games at Merthyr and Redditch. When you have games like those, it is nice to get a home win under your belt so you can take the pressure off a little. Now, it will be crucial for us to pick up some points from those two away games“.

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Post  Wandering on Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:18 am

Lee Kearns and Iain Parr plot new era as St Neots lose to Chippenham
Cambridge News


The Saints were starting a new chapter, with the club looking to move forward following the resignation last Thursday of boss David Batch.

A move away from a direct style of play to one more easy on the eye is the idea, along with an emphasis on getting hungry young players to make their mark.

There was a crowd of 272 at the Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division match against Chippenham, and the club hope to see attendances increase if they can also up the quality level on the pitch.

And they made a solid start in that regard in what were always going to be difficult circumstances against Chippenham – having key players ruled out through injury and coming up against a side sitting second in the table and full of confidence.

They also did not get any luck. Captain Ryan Frater and Mat Mitchel-King both went off injured – the latter's departure towards the end of the contest meaning they had to finish with 10 men having made three substitutions. And Ben Burton and Adam Tann put through their own goal in the second half to make the defeat heavier.

But there were several good things for chairman Lee Kearns and director of football Iain Parr to admire. There were two players making their Saints debut and while Josh Dawkin, who was released by Cambridge City earlier this month, was unable to make much of an impression, teenage centre-back Matthew Smyth excelled.

The Stevenage loanee won countless headers, made important tackles and prevented goals with crucial blocks, and also looked assured in possession. Another player being borrowed from the Sky Bet League Two club, Robbie-Lee Sweeney, also caught the eye thanks to his good close control, composure in tight situations and dribbling skills.

"I thought the performance was really good. We played much more football than we have done all season, really," said Kearns, who along with Parr is working hard to appoint an interim manager to take them through to the end of the campaign before making a more long-term appointment after that.

"It was always going to be difficult playing against Chippenham as they're second in the league and we're in a transitional period. To put in a performance like that, where we've kept the ball on the ground, is really pleasing. We can thank David for what he's done, and his coaching staff, but we look upon it as an opportunity to move forward. Iain is part of the process to find the next person to get us through to the end of the season, at which point we'll make a decision about what we're doing next season. It is mine and Iain's decision as to who we put in place and how we take the club forward."

Parr accepts a change in style or philosophy cannot be achieved overnight, but he was encouraged by what he saw. The club will not panic when it comes to naming their interim first-team coach, but whoever is appointed for the long term is set to be someone who shares his and Kearns' vision for the future.

"We've played some good football in the right areas, but again we've tried to overplay in the wrong areas," said Parr. "There's a balance. You can be a bit more direct with quality, but I think we just need to be mindful of what we're doing at the club, at academy level, at scholarship level and for the supporters. It has to be attractive to get people in to watch and support the football team."

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Post  Wandering on Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:30 am

Cambridge City boss Gary Roberts confident of overcoming injuries and fixture congestion
Cambridge News


Injuries continue to mount up at Cambridge City but manager Gary Roberts is confident the team will overcome this challenging period of the season.

A heavy fixture schedule due to a backlog of postponed games, and niggling injuries threaten to leave the Lilywhites short of players.

Danny Kelly will almost certainly miss tomorrow's Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division match at home to fourth-placed Redditch with a groin injury, while Joel Norris, who missed Tuesday's defeat at Weymouth, is a doubt with illness. Lee Chaffey and Ieuan Lewis are also not at 100 per cent fitness, but should at least be able to play at the weekend.

Roberts has tried to bring new players in, but so far without success. "I've been enquiring about loan players and speaking to Conference clubs about possible dual registrations," he said. "We'll have to see how that pans out but so far we haven't had any success. There may be seven-day requests going in for players soon."

For all of the difficulties City have had to endure recently, their performances on the pitch have been encouraging. "Overall, against Weymouth, we played pretty well," continued Roberts.

"Where we were lacking, as happens with a lot of teams who go through these spells, was that little bit extra in both boxes. The (lack of competitive action) hasn't helped but we're doing our best with what's available. It's challenging but we've been there before and we'll get through it and live to fight another day."

City drew 0-0 with Redditch earlier in the season but Roberts expects the visitors to be stronger.

"They beat Bedworth 8-1 recently, and we know what they're about," he said. "They've got some very good players."

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Post  Wandering on Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:49 am

Frome Town boss Nick Bunyard doesn't expect to be in frame for vacant Bath City post
Somerset Standard


On Saturday, Frome host a Chesham United side that sit 19th in the standings – a major underachievement, according to Bunyard.

"They're a funny team," he said. "For the budget and experience they've got I think they're really under-performing, along with St Neots. With the resources they have got, there's no way they should be at the bottom. At our place we played with ten men in the FA Trophy and rallied. Then I'd say the referee cost us the replay. But they were two close games, and it will be another tough game. But for us, it's all about building the consistency."

Jake Jackson will train in midweek but is unlikely to make the starting line-up, though Bunyard will have a new signing available in Larkhall Athletic midfielder Dan Cleverley.

The Frome boss also confirmed that frontman Liam Monelle will move on to Mangotsfield United, potentially paving the way for a new striker in the future.

On Monday, National League South Bath City parted company with head coach Lee Howells (a former Martyr) following a torrid run of just two wins in 17 league games. Though Bunyard has an attractive record of success from his time at Paulton Rovers, he does not expect to be in the frame for the Twerton Park hotseat.

"I don't think they'll be looking at me to fill that job," said Bunyard, who made two substitute appearances for the Romans at the turn of the millennium. "I've got a massive job at Frome, they're my local club. My focus is entirely on them and helping them to survive the league we're in."

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Post  Wandering on Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:27 pm

From Gareth Bale to Merthyr Vale... Goalkeeper who made Wales debut with Real Madrid superstar moves to Penydarren Park
Wales On Line


Merthyr Town have signed the Welsh goalkeeper, whose claim to fame came when making his international debut 10 minutes before Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.

Glyn Garner’s one and only Welsh cap came back in May 2006 when replacing Jason Brown at half-time against Trinidad and Tobago at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadion, Graz, Austria, where two goals from former Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw piloted John Toshack’s side to a 2-1 victory.

Ten minutes later Bale was to herald his arrival on the international scene replacing David Vaughan to kick off nearly a decade of seeing his footballing star rising to the heights of being a key performer for both Wales and Spanish giants Real Madrid.

While Bale went on to become soccer’s most expensive player on the planet when moving from Spurs to the Bernabeu in 2013 for £85.3million, Garner’s career has been modest in comparison with 250 Football League appearances spanning 10 years with Orient, Shrewsbury and Bury.

Recently he has been lining up against Merthyr for Cirencester Town after the 39-year-old Pontypool-born goalkeeper, who has also had spells with Cwmbran Town, Llanelli, Newport County, Grays Athletic and Bath City helped the Gloucestershire club finish above The Martyrs in 2013-14 to win the South and West Division One championship.

Garner will be plunged straight into action with Merthyr when he makes his debut in their Evo-Stik Southern League home match against Premier Division leaders Poole Town today (3pm).

Title-chasing Poole return to Merthyr’s Penydarren Park ground for a league match, having suffered a 1-0 FA Trophy defeat during October when Gethin Jones fired the winner in his debut.

Captain Ashley Evans is ruled out of the Merthyr team by suspension, but striker Ryan Prosser and Corey Jenkins are both fit to return after injuries.

Poole are four points clear at the top with a game in hand over second-placed Chippenham. The visitors narrowly missed out on an automatic promotion place last season and will be aiming to go one better this term. They have won eight of their 14 away games and Steve Devlin is top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions.

Merthyr, though, have scored nine goals in earning three successive victories.

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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:23 am

Wandering wrote:Frome Town boss Nick Bunyard doesn't expect to be in frame for vacant Bath City post
Somerset Standard


On Saturday, Frome host a Chesham United side that sit 19th in the standings – a major underachievement, according to Bunyard.

"They're a funny team," he said. "For the budget and experience they've got I think they're really under-performing, along with St Neots. With the resources they have got, there's no way they should be at the bottom.

Perhaps one reason they're near the bottom of the league table is because they've played fewer games than all but one other team (Stratford).  

I see the game at Frome has been postponed today, so there's a bit of fixture congestion building up for both clubs.
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