Th-waiting for a win - Will it be Sunday?
|Brewery giants Thwaites FC take on New Rangers on Sunday in the 7-a-side
league, a team they have already beat once this season. The brewery team
defeated Sunday's opponents on the third game of the season but now have to
come off the back of 5 straight defeats and remain only 2 points clear of
the relegation zone above S & W FC and deadly rivals Craven VII. However in
the next three weeks they take on the three teams they have beaten already
this term. As well as New Rangers, Thwaites have also beaten Oggy FC and S &
W FC respectively and will be looking to push up the table with three wins.
However, midfield maestro Jamie Hopwood who opened his account for the
season against league leaders New Gardners last week warned, 'We cannot
afford to be complacent. The players must understand that the three teams we
have got coming up could well be a completely different proposition this
time round' Hopwood went on to say, 'However, I am confident we can get some
good results in the coming weeks starting this Sunday against New Rangers. I
thought we were excellent against New Gardners last week and felt the
scoreline was not a fair reflection on the game. I was pleased I got on the
scoresheet - it's been a long time coming but I am hoping I can bag a few
more by the end of the season' he joked.
Striker Dominic Southworth is missing for the brewery team as he is
recovering from a toe operation he underwent earlier in the week. It is
likely that he will be out for up to 6 weeks. 5-a-side league manager Gary
Targett is doubtful as he has work commitments. However, Mark Slater and
Pete McManus are again available as their caravan tour appears to have come
to a halt for the time being. Injury plagued Damian Tabbinor again looks set
to be fit after coming through Wednesday's game unscathed. Manager Carl
Elmer is under intense pressure to get the right result to dismiss any
chances of him being replaced by Fabio Capello, who admitted he was
interested in taking the post last week. Elmer has confirmed reports in the
media that Damian Tabbinor, Martin Slater and Jamie Hopwood are all going to
Chelsea on Saturday and the drinking ban imposed on players drinking 24
hours before a game has again been lifted. It is believed the trio along
with the injured Dominic Southworth are travelling by train and will be in
London at 10:00 - a massive 5 hours before kick-off. It is almost certain
they will be wrecked by the time they get home.
Thwaites choose from: Martin Slater, Mark Slater,Elmer,Tormay,
McManus,Tabbinor, Tipton, Hopwood.
Kick Off 5:30pm.
Meanwhile, defender Damian Tabbinor has had to be passed negative for the
banned substance Nandrolone after extensive tests earlier this week. It is
thought strong traces of lager Stella Artois made it impossible for a
reading to be taken.
(Pictured manager Elmer, head on the block).