Absolute banana skin for us. Our good run will end at some point and it depends on which team turns up.Wimbledon (a) for us, currently on my way down. Not sure if there’s any wombles fans that actively post on here but obviously expecting a tough game given their current unbeaten run. We’re on a good run ourselves having won 7 from our last 8 (incl the win over L2s Cobblers in the 1st round) so whoever wins this one will have earnt it that’s for sure.
Not sure how clued up the Wimbledon fans are on all things NL so I’ll ‘briefly’ summarise what to expect from us in terms of style / Key players etc. I’m sure most on here are familiar with Paul Cooks expansive style and he’s certainly got us back playing the best football we’ve played since…. Well, the last time he was here when we were a high flying league 1 team in 2015 (feels a lot longer than just 7 years ago)… We have a lot of technical players, probably more than you’d expect from your typical non league slogger (of which there are far less of these days btw) , so we will definitely be looking to get it down and play through the thirds. Key player for us is Jeff King IMO, our flying right wing back who is comfortably league 1 standard in my opinion. An excellent player who’s crossing ability is 2nd to none at our level and his set pieces from wide areas & shooting distances often cause havoc. He was fairly criticised for not being the best defensively last season and prior to that too at Halifax, but this season that side of his game has really come on too. Other key men include our left winger Dobra (Northampton fans know all about him) who is devastating 1 v 1, and also Darren Oldaker our playmaking central midfielder who has stepped up from NLS and so far this season shown exactly why he was once seen as a top prospect for the Gills in L1 a few years back.
Our weakness definitely lays in behind the space our full backs will leave from bombing on, so wouldn’t be surprised to see you try and exploit that, especially in counter attack situations.
Looking forward to the game and visiting the new place for the first time… hoping for a much better experience than last time at the old place back in 2012 where we were crammed in like cattle on a boiling hot summers day!! I’m sure it will be!
I wouldn’t have described it as a banana skin personally considering we were arguably favourites coming into this game. The top 3 in the NL are very strong sides, that’s 8 wins from 9 for us now.I said it would be a banana skin. Chesterfield 2-0 up.
Ho hum, at least those £5 tickets at home to Stockport on R4 day will get used.
Thanks. All the best for the next round and in the National League.I wouldn’t have described it as a banana skin personally considering we were arguably favourites coming into this game. The top 3 in the NL are very strong sides, that’s 8 wins from 9 for us now.
Dominant performance from start to finish and deservedly into the 3rd round, pleased that 2 of my key men shouts from earlier got on the scoresheet!! Spurs away in the 3rd round please, but most likely end up with something shite like Stevenage away (no offence intended…!!)
Best of luck for the rest of the season mate.