Stop me if you've heard this before. The Saxons entered the weekend looking to gain a bit of momentum, and to finally put to rest the demons that have seemed to haunt them by defeating Bootle. Instead of doing that, however, they went out and lost by a final score of 1-2. The loss means that the Saxons still haven't won since October 20th, a span of three matches. While that may not seem like a lot, it's the Saxons' longest such spell since the beginning of the season, when they couldn't get the win in seven straight matches.
In the match, Stockport conceded the first two goals and managed their only one in the match's final minute. That shot came on a long pass from captain Mike Tomlinson that found John Marsden 10 yards from goal. He did what he always does and hammered home the ball. Did I mention that somehow, and I have no idea how, Marsden did not win the NWCFL Player of the Month Award? That award is a sham, as far as I'm concerned.
The loss, in the grand scheme, may not seem to be all that bad,
but it means that the Saxons have now fallen either seven or ten points behind league-leading Runcorn Town, and now sit in seventh or eighth place. The confusion on points/table position there stems from the fact that the Stockport Sports website has them at 29 whereas the official NWCFL site has them at 26, having lost three points for a rules violation. Not sure what's the deal with that, though I'll be sure to update as soon as I've heard anything. The team has 26 points and is in eighth place. I had somehow missed the note on Chris Culkin's blog (more on that in a second) that the team saw three points deducted for fielding an unregistered player. That's a pretty rough way to lose the equivalent of a win, and hopefully it's the only time we see it happen. Chairman John Hindley was in an optimistic mood following the loss, though: "We will continue to work hard and only worry about our own results, then we'll see what happens. There is still a lot of football to be played this season"
Now for some various notes:
- Chris Culkin, who we interviewed a couple of weeks ago, has begun a blog with his comprehensive match notes that he's been keeping all season. If you're interested in the team at all, it's a must-read. If it weren't for Chris, there's no way we'd be able to put this report together, so go check out his side project.
- Assistant manager Joey Dunn is exceptionally happy with the play the club has seen from midfielder Kyle Hamid.
- The Saxons have drawn an away match to Chester FC in the Cheshire Senior Cup. Is it just me, or are there a bajillion cups at this level?