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Sorry for the lack of match reports and previews recently, but due to other commitments there has been no spare time to produce them. I have now, so in summary –  the last 3 matches has seen the Red Devils lose 2, 4 – 1 at home to Peterborough United and 5 – 3 away to Notts County and a 1 – 0 win at home against Walsall on Tuesday evening – all 3 matches basically in one sentence – “we were just not good enough in each of the games”, and the win, we were very, very fortunate to take the 3 points against Walsall, the only ounce of quality coming from substitute Conor Henderson on 88 minutes, when he struck a Beckham-esk free kick into the top of the goal to give the Red Devils an undeserved victory. It’s difficult to find any positives from these matches – against Peterborough we were missing both Walsh and Edwards, we took an early lead but then failed to contain a lively Peterborough side who were the best side we have seen at the stadium so far this season – we gifted them 3 of the 4 goals. At Notts County again we were totally dominated during the disastrous first half, the Magpies were 3 – 0 up by half time – we did start the second half brightly and brought the score to 3 – 2 in the first 10 minutes, then again we were our own worst enemy gifting them another two goals and replying at the end with our 3rd. On Tuesday evening, at home – Walsall had 25 efforts on goal to our 5 – just as well Walsall were as bad as us at shooting, with Jamie Ashdown have to make just two decent saves. For the match against Walsall, the club gave season ticket holders an extra two free tickets to bring friends and family along to the game – you couldn’t even give them away. The Club were hoping for a boost in the attendance, but again, it was only just over 2200 that turned up – and who can blame them at the moment with the type of performances we are churning out each week. There are some talented players in the squad, trouble is they are not being allowed to play – it seems that everyone’s first objective is to defend – this then affects the attacking ability – once we get the ball then it up over the top to a loan striker who was back defending moments earlier – I really feel for Izale McLeod – he runs his socks off the team, but he needs help when he gets isolated – he’s our leading scorer at the moment and he’d trying to do everything on his own.

On Saturday afternoon we play Gillingham in another could be relegation battle, again, they are lying below us in the league and to date we have not been beaten by a team below us – let’s hope that continues. We know watch the squad will be, it’s just the starting line up that we the Red Devils supporters argue about – who should play and who shouldn’t – but its manager John Gregory’s final decision that counts – we should play two up front – we should defend and close down the opposition in their own half – we should have at least one up front when defending corners and set pieces around our penalty area – but it’s a game of opinions and unfortunately supporters don’t get all their wishes. We can only hope that they will put on a performance that will keep the faithful happy and return with something out of the game – which at the moment will be a bonus.

Match prices have been lowered for this game by Gillingham and for an Adult and Senior is £15.00 for under 18’s £10, under 12’s free with a fare paying adult (max 2 children) – tickets available at the Stadium before travel up to Friday – you can pay on the day at the turnstile.  The GH minibus for this game is full – no coach travelling to Gillingham this time as many of our regular travellers are going either by car or train as it’s fairly local – under an hour away by car.

“CHT Sports Reporter”


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