Media Watch - Dunstable Town

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Media Watch - Dunstable Town

Post  Wandering on Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:22 am

A really frustrating ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ cocktail of performances over the last few days provides the backdrop to the inevitable post mortem of last weekends collapse against Dorchester. It’s never easy to look back at a heavy home defeat, but when basic errors lead to under-performance, it creates an open house for fans to ask searching questions.

But then with a reshuffled team they travel away and win comprehensively just three days later! How do you start to explain that?

It’s virtually impossible to expect anything out of a game where you present the visiting team with a two goal gift-wrapped start, especially one that still has thoughts of regaining their lost Conference South status. A thoroughly deserved 4-2 defeat gave us all a framework upon which to base our discontentment.

We may over-compensate on the criticism, sometimes in a kind of desire to bring balance to the argument and fight against the feeding frenzy. However, the three points gained at Stratford changes the narrative from the fallout of the Dorchester aberration, taking some of the heat out of the situation that provided the undercurrent at the weekend.

It has been touched upon on social media platforms that we’ve suffered with a lack of control in midfield. Well that’s been the case for the majority of the season. The way that Dorchester set themselves up only emphasized the issue. Without the looming spectre of Traylor running at pace behind enemy lines, teams are more inclined to crowd the middle of the pitch between the halfway line and their 18 yard area and squeeze the life out of the game. With the score standing at 2-1 to Dorchester, in a tactical switch they dropped deeper the opening goalscorer Nathan Walker (#9) to increase the midfield resources, leaving Luke Holmes (#10) to tirelessly work our backline until he eventually ran out of steam late in the game and was substituted. Until someone of a Kevin Rodgers calibre is added to the midfield, Steve Jenkins is simply going to have to find another way to consistently be effective in the final third, as we appear to have been at Stratford on Tuesday evening!

A delighted Mark Jermyn, was pleased with the way his Dorchester side dug in to seal a winning result against a Martyrs outfit that he rates highly. He told Echosport: “I think irrespective of results people need to appreciate that Merthyr are a good side, they are very good at passing the ball and are lively up front. I think we worked hard, we weren’t at our best but it was more of a dogged performance. A lot of credit must go to the players, they worked hard and got the result. We certainly created our chances and did the business.”

With a lack of penetration in some of the recent games pre-Dorchester it’s getting harder for Steve Jenkins to select a presentable option of two from three up front. It may be that the manager has to decide which strike pair form the most destructive partnership.

That will be a significant challenge. His team has to strike the right balance between defending and keeping a clean sheet but also conjure more attacking variety from the raw materials they have. It seems like a remarkable thing to say given the extent to which the Martyrs have spread goals around over the last few season. Yet there was a sense in the Dorchester game that without someone of a Gavin Williams pedigree, the better teams seem to quickly work out how to restrict our scoring options, while at Stratford we appear to have found our way through their defensive lines relatively easily.

Perhaps it’s an unsolvable conundrum?

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Re: Media Watch - Dunstable Town

Post  Wandering on Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:33 am

Dunstable Town’s manager Tony Fontenelle has been disappointed to see his side lose their last three games including a 5-1 defeat at Chesham, which has seen the Blues drop out of the play-off places.

But even with a mini-slump, Dunstable still sit comfortably in eighth place, with only three points separating themselves and fifth placed Kings Lynn Town.

With Fontenelle aware of the precarious problem his side face he said recently: “Three points would be massive boost to be honest, we have got a lot of teams in and around us playing each other, so obviously teams are going to drop points. It is now important that we close that gap between us and the leading pack.”

Fontenelle was also happy to recently announce the addition of defender David Longe-King, who has arrived on loan from St Albans City.

He added: “He is looking sharp and he adds a different dimension to the squad and hopefully he will settle in with the lads nicely. We have got a lot of games in a short space of time, so you need that squad depth. People are going to pick up niggles, maybe dips in form, so it is always nice to have that back-up and also it’s healthy to have that competition for places.”

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Post  Wandering on Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:53 am

Nuneaton News

Next up for Bedworth is the visit of Frome Town to The Oval on Saturday.

Both teams are in the relegation zone and Storer admitted it's the start of a crucial spell to test his side's survival credentials.

"There's a key group of games coming up for us," he said. "Frome are right down there with us but we have been in good form at home since Christmas, I think we've only lost two games. I think we're still in with a great chance but this spell of games will be crucial for us."

Wiltshire Times

FROME Town were unable to follow up their heroics against local rivals Chippenham Town in midweek as they were knocked out of the Somerset Premier Cup by lower league Wells City.

“If ever I wasn’t too disappointed to lose a game it was on Wednesday night,” said Bunyard. “It was a Catch 22. You never like losing but if we had gone through I just don’t know how we would have fitted the extra game into our season where the focus is trying to stay in the league. Saturday’s result was great and it’s been coming. Our performances in the last four games have been very good but we haven’t got what we have deserved. To finally get that in a game against our rivals and a team pushing for promotion is very nice.”

Having boosted their hopes of league survival with a win last weekend, the Robins face another huge game on Saturday. They travel to Bedworth United, who are just one place and one point below them in the table, and then visit fellow strugglers Paulton Rovers on Tuesday.

Bunyard added: “They are massive, massive games. I would take four points now and I think beating Paulton is the key one. We would settle for a draw at Bedworth.”

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Re: Media Watch - Dunstable Town

Post  Wandering on Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:44 am

Cirencester Town have a free shot at league leaders Poole, says Keith Knight
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Cirencester Town have a "free shot" at Southern League leaders Poole Town on Saturday and assistant boss Keith Knight is keen to see how his side play without any pressure.

The Dolphins head to the Corinium Stadium three points ahead of the field and on unbeaten record that dats back to the end of November. The leaders have lost just four games all season and are the overwhelming favourites to secure a place in National League South. But fresh from their own 3-0 win against Paulton Rovers in midweek, Cirencester will go into the game in confident mood.

"We have a free shot at them as they are playing with all the pressure of having to keep pace at the top, while our place in this league is pretty secure," Knight said. "It will be a game where we can gauge how we are against the teams at the top of the table and for us they are there to be beaten. We can take a bit of confidence from our second-half showing against Paulton on Tuesday. We weren't at it like we wanted them to be in the first-half but made some changes.

"We started out playing a 4-2-4 trying to get our wide men high and put them under pressure and it didn't work out like we wanted it to. But we got in at 0-0, moved a couple of players around, put an extra one in midfield and then bossed the game, which was pleasing."


Goals from Charlie Griffin and Ellis Dunton put the Centurions in control before Knight's son Ollie added the gloss with a late third. The teenager has become a regular in the Cirencester lineup in recent weeks and Knight has been delighted with how his son is doing.

"It's been great for Ollie and for me to have a chance to coach him, I had no real intention ever to get back into management until Brian Hughes asked me to come along here," Knight said. "He's in the side on merit, he works really hard and has got a bit of ability. He's at Bath University at the moment and he's learning his trade in adult football nicely. He also gets on fantastically with the other players and they appreciate that he's in the side because he deserves to be and not just because he's my son. I have to turn a blind ear to some of the stuff he says in the dressing room – and he never has got my jokes."

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Re: Media Watch - Dunstable Town

Post  Wandering on Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:33 am

Although it’s almost forty years since we last traveled to Dunstable to play a league fixture, this is the first time that we have actually visited Creasey Park which has been their current home since 1998.  

We will need to considerably improve on our previous playing record at Dunstable where we have only won once in nine visits. That was in 1973/74 season when we came away with a 3-2 win and completed a league double after winning the home game at Penydarren Park 4-0.

Our visit during that season also coincided with the appointment of Barry Fry as manager after the club received the financial backing of Keith Cheesman. In his autobiography, Fry claims that he was often given blank cheques which allowed him to sign former West Bromwich Albion centre forward Jeff Astle.

Manager Steve Jenkins will need to be alert to the successful tactic used by the Blues on the winning visit to Penydarren Park earlier in the season, when they crowded the six yard box on corner kicks and scored twice.

He will need to counter-act a goalmouth packed by Dunstable players which made it crystal clear where the corner was going to be delivered, this caused confusion leading to both a scrambled finish for their first goal and after a header came back off the woodwork plus a save by Bradley, it was eventually headed home from close range for their second.

Once again against Leamington in mid-week the Blues main goal threat came from corners.

An old Boy Scout moto - Be Prepared

Past Results at Dunstable –

1965/66 - (SL) - Drew 0-0
1966/67 - (SL) - Lost 3-4
1967/68 - (SL) - Drew 1-1
1968/69 - (SL) - Lost 1-5
1969/70 - (SL) - Lost 0-3
1970/71 - (SL) - Drew 0-0
1973/74 - (SL) - Won 3-2
1974/75 - (SL) - Lost 0-2
1976/77 - (SL) - Lost 0-1

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Re: Media Watch - Dunstable Town

Post  Merthyr Imp on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:29 am

Wandering wrote:Although it’s almost forty years since we last traveled to Dunstable to play a league fixture,

Er - we played them in the 2004/05 season in the Southern League Premier Division. Dunstable had been placed in that division after winning the Isthmian League First Division North and were relegated at the end of it to the Southern League Western Division (strange as that sounds - there must have been a lot of easterly clubs that season!).

We drew 2-2 at Dunstable on 9 April 2005. Gethin Jones was in the team and both goals were scored by Craig Stiens.

Home result was 0-0 on 5 February 2005.
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