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Hall, Cmpbell, Penn, Gant, Allen, Negus, Nyman, Hall (Capt), Howard, Smith, Morgan, Brotherton, Green, Baldwin, Ofori, Richie


Gate 154


It was a game where Dean Nyman was going back to his old club so he was desperate to start and Jim recognised this and gave him his chance. Rudi Hall curled a free-kick early on just over the bar. Richard Howard beat the keeper and then just missed lobbing him. The best chance of the first half fell to Dean Nyman who ran down the wing and crossed the most perfect ball for Richard Howard to just simply tap in and what did he do stand on the ball and fall over! Oh no ever get that de ja vu feeling. At the other end Chopper saved a header. Lee Smith tried a long range shot which the keeper saved. There was another Johnny Morgan shot for the inside post was saved. Paul Campbell had a try with a solo run at the defence. A beautiful Russell Penn header was just tipped over the bar by the keeper. Paul Campbell went down injured but played on. Dean Nyman was desperate to score with a shot wide and then a header wide. After 30 minutes town were losing momentum in the heat and passing became ragged. W& F got more into the game with a header just over the bar. David Allen was making critical tackling back tackles. Here endeth the first half and it couldn’t come too soon for town.


Unfortunately Town appeared to stay in the dressing room mentally as Danny Boateng sneaked through into a 1 on 1 with Chopper 1 – 0. Town fans in desperation were willing Town on to recover the situation. Some stalwart work from Lee Smith won a corner. The ball came in and the number 5 handballed the ball to prevent it crossing the line. Nothing given. Richard Howard taken off and Kojo Ofori on. A definite foul on Kojo was refused. No penalty. The pace of Kojo was causing problems when the ball was in the W& F half. Looked like Lee Smith was fouled on 71 minutes and finally Town got a penalty Rudi Hall despatched it 1 – 1. Phew got out of jail again! Lee Smith off Dean Green on. W&F shot wide. Then suddenly on 74 minutes a Matty Negus cross was tucked away by Dean Nyman 1 – 2. Town fans erupted with pure relief. At the other end Chopper saved Town again. This is looking like heading for a 2 – 2.. With 15 minutes to go off went Dean Nyman and on came new boy Niall Ritchie new kid on the block. W& F were pushing up for the draw. Chopper got injured but got up again. Rudi Booked for a handball. Finally on 84 minutes Niall Ritchie danced along the edge of the box beat players with ease and the odd dummy and slotted home past the keeper. Wow this lad can play some. 1 – 3. Chopper saved again at the other end. Finally on 90 minutes the W&F keeper dropped the ball in front of Niall Ritchie for the easiest of tap ins 1 – 4. Town looked good at the end but still plenty to work on.

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Ye gods what a tough one! 4-1 was really flattering!


Looking on the bright side, the Tally Ho got back into the Good Beer Guide so I got some great beer (including Sierra Nevada Pale Ale -- the best beer EVER to come out of the USA). I would probably have gone in the club bar if the k.o. had been changed so we could have seen the Wales vs England game but, having heard they were charging £2.50 for that horrible rice beer a.k.a. Bud, I think I did the right thing giving my money to Wetherspoon instead!

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Guessing the formation of the Town is getting harder than guessing the lottery numbers!

Today we started with a back 3, (yes it appears to be that time of the season again, Grrrrr),we then had last seasons right back (Campbell)on the left, while last seasons left back (Baldwin) was on the bench, last seasons left wing back (Negus) in the centre of midfield, while probaly our most natural midfielder (Brotherton) was yep, that's right, on the bench.

Dean Nyman run his socks off at right wing back, but made no progress untill substitutions pushed him up front and he looked like a man with a weight lifted off his shoulders and then went & done what comes naturally got in the box & scored!

Kojo come on & looked sharp, we then got the introduction of Dean Greene (about 70 mins late!!) & we all stood behind the goal at last feeling positive of a Keegan/Toshack type partnership up front with Kojo only to see him run to right wing back, we now had the smallest forward line in footballing history!!!

Niall Richie also come on & looked very useful.

Surely trial formations like yesterday should be saved for friendlies like Tuesday night, I know a couple of players were missing due to various reasons so changes would have to be made but blimey!!!

Im sure im not the only one that left very happy with the scoreline but also very amazed, I think JC has a deck of them "Get out of Jail Free" cards somewhere, lets hope he saves some for later in the season!

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