Can the real Newcastle please step forward?
Two days out from our next league fixture with Chasetown – it ‘s a good time to reflect on the journey we’ve been on so far this season.
The league table tells one story but there’s a lot more to it than that. On the face if it, 15th is not of course where we want to be, but the truth of the matter is that we’re only six points off the play-offs and with a game in hand on many of the teams above us.
It’s our home form that’s been letting us down, so perhaps another away day is what’s needed, as we travel to Boldmere St Michaels FC in Sutton Coldfield to take on our Staffordshire opponents Chasetown at their temporary home on Saturday.
The league this year is a right old hotch potch. Quite literally, anyone can beat anyone and not many I suspect would wager much on Prescot Cables still being top come late spring. But then again who knows. Leek, who had been on a pretty good run, have fallen off a cliff and were demolished by Runcorn on Tuesday, so it’s all there for the taking.
So, to our game on Saturday and Chasetown like so many others in the division have had a mixed time of it. We go into the game with a fairly settled side. While the 2-1 loss to Witton was bitterly disappointing last Saturday, it came at no further cost.
We picked up no new injuries and there are no suspensions to report. However, we do now know that unfortunately, Joe Hurst has a long-term groin injury.
Our latest new signing Tom Jones, who is yet to make his debut, is being assessed by his parent club Altrincham, with the most likely outcome being that Saturday will come too soon for him but that he will be available for Tuesday night’s home game with Avro.
Our flying forward Phoenix Lee – no doubt feeling happy about life after the Aussies made it through to the cricket World Cup final today – has been out with a bruised foot and is also unlikely to be in the frame for Saturday.
One other line to confirm is that Lewis Holdham has left the club. We wish Lewis all the best finding a new club.
Just a reminder to fans that after our trip to Saturday we have a run of home games. Avro come to Buckmaster Avenue on Tuesday evening, while Vauxhall Motors are our visitors a week on Saturday. We hope to see you soon.
Come on Castle!