All the fans want is the takeover to go through – this will then ease the ever growing frustration of the supporters who want to see the start of a new era of the Red Devils. The new owners have been giving some indication of what the Red Devils can look forward to with them saying that playing in the Championship in 8 – 10 years is what they want to achieve – more realistic than saying in the next two/three seasons and looks to be a long term engagement with the club.
The Red Devils have one of their shortest trips tomorrow when they face Leyton Orient, they will have a decent following as has happened on recent visit to the capital – also Orient is one team that they have the Midas touch over having only lost once in eight matches with on draws. The loss came last season at the O’s ground and proved to be the last match in charge for John Gregory who was replaced by Dean Saunders as an interim manager.
Earlier in the season they visited the Red Devils and lost in a 3 – 2 thriller with the home side 3 – 1 up at half time and the visitors down to 10 men with goals from Deacon, Hancox and Walton’s injury time penalty that saw the sending off. A late goal by the O’s Jay Simpson, his second of the game meant a nervous few minutes for the home fans but the team saw it trough to give them the win.
The team and squad have changed from that line up and tomorrow see another new face in the match squad – midfielder Lyle Della-Verdi, has arrived on a short term contract having been released in January from his 2 year contract at Fleetwood. LD-V previously was at Fulham and Southend. Back in the squad will be Matt Harrod who missed the draw against Plymouth through injury, also Jon Ashton who was named on the subs bench last weekend is now again fully fit.
During the week the Red Devils played a behind closed doors friendly against Eastleigh with a 1 -1 all result – Shamier Fenelon was the town scorer – the Red Devils team had only two other of the current squad members playing – Callum Preston and Lanre Adebanjo – with trialists making up the others – will be interesting to see if we make any more additions over the next couple of weeks. In the Eastleigh side were former Red Devils Matt Tubbs and Jai Reason.
For tomorrow, Simon Walton misses the game serving his second of the three match ban and last week’s man of the match loanee Tom Dallison, who broke a bone in his foot during the game last week against Plymouth, has returned to Brighton but could be back in the future of a longer stay according to Reds boss Mark Yates.
Orient have won four of their last eight but have lost their last three home games to Exeter City, Cambridge United and Northampton Town, so the Reds have something to go for and extend their current poor home form.
Orient are 10th with the visitors 17th having dropped down the table this week due to matches being played.
The Red Devils now have some crucial matches coming up with teams around or below us in the league – the team need your support at these matches, so please come if you can – starting with Newport County on Tuesday evening.
Will our new owner (in waiting) Zayi Eren at the games against Orient or Newport, he has stated that he enjoyed the experience of watching the game from the Bruce Winfield South Terracing with the fans. Let’s hope that the team can continue to pick up points over the next few weeks. The takeover has been a long time happening, due to the FA tests; let’s hope that these are complete sooner rather than later and enable the new owners to get their feet under the table and start planning for the future.
Away Travel with GH Coaches
We are not providing supporters transport until the Luton game – for the Leyton Orient tomorrow we are travelling by Train and Tube. We have invited the new owner Zayi Eren – a bit tongue in cheek, to travel with supporters to one of the away matches – whether he takes up the offer we will let you know.
GH Coach to Luton Town – 30 booked on already
For this trip to Luton on Saturday 12th March – We depart the New Moon at 11.00am. Fares for this match is for Adults £15.00 and under 16’s £10.00 – again for this match we will invite the 15/16 year olds to travel unaccompanied again provided we have parent’s permission. At this time we are not sure we will be able to provide a buffet stop but we will endeavour to sort one out if at all possible – if we do we will let you know. To book on please contact Alain on 07771792346 or Patrick/GH Coaches on Twitter.
GH Coach to York City on Friday 25th March 2016 – 18 booked on so far
We want to run a coach to this game on Good Friday 25th March. The game is a 3.00pm kick off. so we need to leave early, earlier than we would usually, this is down to possible/expected traffic delays, which we experienced on Good Friday previously. We are departing from the Stadium for this match at 6.00am, costs for this game is £20.00 for everyone. Provided we can get over 30 travelling on the coach.
Depending on timing, we will stop at Peterborough services for a comfort break and then travel on to the Red Hart at Blyth and if possible we will provide a buffet, from there to York’s ground is about an hour with no hold ups, so we have given ourselves an extra 30 minutes from the pub.
CHT Sports Reporter”
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