3 home games and an away match make up County’s 2nd month of the season, and after 7 games in about 3 weeks it’ll be a bit of a pace change for the players, manager and supporters. EH takes a look at our month, and what we can hope to achieve:
Saturday 5th: Worcester City (H)
On paper it looks like the easiest game of our season, Worcester sit in the relegation places at the moment with 4 points (win and a draw). But then again, everyone thought our match against Stalybridge was going to be the easiest and we all know how that turned out! It will need a focused performance from the players (and the ref!) for us to get the 3 points, as Worcester will be up for it.
This game will also likely be the last match that Hurst and Rule can play before their respective bans come into effect.
Saturday 12th: Brackley (H)
This is a match that Ian Ormson will have pencilled in to his diary, as it’s very likely the first match he’ll be taking over from Danny Hurst as he serves his suspension (only 1 game, we think). Glenn Rule will also, most likely, be suspended.
Our opponents, Brackley, have 7 points (at the time of writing), with wins against Worcester and Harrogate. They currently lie 17th and are 7 points behind County. County will be hoping to continue their winning streak against Brackley, who were actually one of the only teams we managed to do the double over last season. Last season’s match at EP finished 2-1 to County.
Saturday 15th: Chorley (A)
Our only away game of the month sees County travel north and into Lancashire to face one of last season’s bogy teams, Chorley, who we failed to beat, draw or even score against last season.
Chorley are a team in transition, Garry Flitcroft left during the summer and was replaced by assistant Matt Jansen, and after a poor start to the season their form has picked up. The trip north only takes about 40 minutes by car so let’s hope for a big following to help support the players to yet another away win! Although as long as it’s not another 3-0 loss (in which County played very well), then at least there is an improvement.
Saturday 19th: Alfreton Town (H)
The month ends with another home game, against one of last season’s relegated conference premier teams. In terms of this season, Alfreton have not had the start that they may have wanted. 1 win and 4 draws sees the East Midlands outfit sitting in 16th place. Town have only lost 2 games this season, so it could be a tricky match for County, with teams generally raising their game when playing at EP.
Team news is obviously hard to predict at this point, but County will be hoping Joe Garvin and Bell-Baggie will be back in action, both of whom will most likely miss the previous games due to injuries.
The best case scenario could see County end the month on 26 points. A total that would most likely see us sit in top spot or at least in second place. And whilst non of the games are to be taken for granted, they are all definitely winnable. Between the four teams we play, their average position is 16th.