Motormen hone into view
After the disappointment of a narrow 1-0 home defeat on Tuesday against Avro, we’re back at Buckmaster Avenue for a league encounter with Vauxhall Motors this Saturday.
The Ellesmere Port side were promoted last season as champions of the North West Counties Premier League – winning the division by eight points – and despite what their lowly league position suggests, have started solidly this season.
Our last meeting with Vauxhall Motors came way back in October 2010. That was in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and they beat us 1-0 in a game where we did everything but score. The Motormen – who at the time were playing in the Conference North – eventually went out to Hartlepool after a replay in the first round proper.
Our last league game against the Motormen was even further back: on Tuesday 25 January, 2000 to be precise. In that 1999/2000 league season we were runners-up to them in the North West Counties League, drawing at home 1-1 in November but then losing the return 1-0 in the new year. So, let’s hope we can score our first goal of the century against them on Saturday!
In terms of team news for Saturday’s game, centre half Kyle Stubbs is unavailable through suspension after his sending off for two bookable offences in the 1-1 draw at Chasetown last Saturday. Our recent signing Roman Allen is expected to make his full debut as cover for Kyle.
Midfielder Isaac Graham picked up his fifth yellow card in the defeat to Avro on Tuesday night but is available on Saturday. He will sit out the visit of league leaders Prescot Cables next weekend though.
Reinaldo Forbes -who made his second debut for us in the draw with Chasetown as a second half substitute last Saturday – has recovered from the groin strain he picked up in that game which forced him out on Tuesday – and will also be back in the match day squad having come through training this evening.
We start the match in 14th place in the league but know that a second home league win of the season could – coupled with a series of admittedly improbable results – push us back up to the top half of the table. We certainly need to start winning at home soon.
Come on ‘Castle!