||Charscot's season has
become pretty ugly in recent weeks and this week it
reached a new low level with as gutting a defeat as the
team has ever had.
Hosting Real Madrid, the Wolverines led through Liam Feeney's close range effort just after half time as the match went into time added on.
With a win all but assured the ultimate sucker punch happened as Real scored two goals in sixty seconds through two ex Charscot players, Lubomir Moravcik and Nathan Delfouneso, to record an undeserved 2-1 away win.
The loss dropped the team to sixth and the season is already looking like it may become a relegation struggle when a month ago a title push was a possibility.
Manager Rich Grove was fuming afterwards. "The ending to the match was an utter joke. We suffered the same sort of stupid thrown away match against Spondon four weeks ago and it is no coincidence that we had the same incompetent referee, Desmond Courtney, in charge".
"At this point I have no faith in my players turning this around and it will be up to them to prove that I am wrong about them. I don't expect to be surprised in coming weeks as clearly they are a hopeless bunch of overpaid primadonnas and if they all left tomorrow the club would be better off".
"I will look at ways to change things up and at this moment in time the thought of bringing in some players that don't fit the 'perfect' criteria is making more and more sense".
||A trip to Champions
Barnstoneworth United has been a nightmare in recent
seasons and after last season's match, where Charscot
threw away a lead conceding two goals in the last three
minutes to lose, confidence wasn't exactly high going into
today's match at Hampton Court.
The hosts scored through Peter Brown just after half time and it looked like another fruitless trip north.
However, Jose Maria has been finding the net with ridiculous regularity and he equalised on 84 minutes with a superb free kick from 35 yards out. This was his eighth of the season, putting him two clear in the scoring charts for the top flight.
The draw saw United drop to second as surprisingly Spondon Dynamos eased into first place.
Charscot stay fourth but have lost the protection of a 4 point lead on the clubs below them after one point from two matches against the top two.
Manager Rich Grove was relaxed afterwards. "We never expect anything from this trip so it is definitely a point gained and we now have to build on this and try to get an unbeaten run going to put pressure on the teams above us, starting with the home match against Real Madrid next week".
The draw for the second round of the cup sees the team host Division One side St Joseph's BC, a game the visitors will be confident of winning with their good form and Charscot's known antipathy towards the early rounds of the competition.
||Charscot went into their
first round cup game knowing visiting Palmeiras were lambs
to the slaughter and a win was all but guaranteed and so
it proved as the team matched it's largest winning margin
of five goals.
The previous five goal wins were two 5-0 away wins and a 6-1 home cup win and it had been a while since the last rout so the fans enjoyed every minute.
The result was in no doubt as by half time the Wolverines were already four goals to the good due to a Jose Maria brace, a lob from distance and a tap in, and tap ins from Kierrison and Zauti.
Luciano Zauti's goal was particularly satisfying as th captain was celebrating his 250th game as captain.
With the hosts having 70% of the play and 26 shots (to their opponents two measly attempts, one on and one off) another goal seemed inevitable and it finally came with a 30 yarder from Garrincha with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Manager Rich Grove seemed less than thriller afterwards. "I would rather have seen us save a goal or two for next week when we travel to Champions Barnstoneworth United, who we have struggled against in recent seasons. Whilst the win was nice it has no real significance unless we go all the way on the cup, and it is far too early to be thinking like that".
||A poor week as the
Wolverines dropped their first home points of the season,
losing to Spondon Dynamos, and also exited the WPL Super
Cup after another home loss.
The league defeat was surrounded in controversy as Jermeine Keane took it upon himself to play in attack rather than his pre-match ordered defensive position. This player revolt cost the team dear as their lack of defensive cover was ultimately exploited late on.
The Wolverines had come from two down to lead after Elvir Bolic's superb shot was followed with a brace from Jose Maria to turn the score around in 16 crazy second half minutes.
However, with Keane still wandering around in the wrong half the hosts were hit twice in the final three minutes for a gutting defeat.
"I have little to say today" manager Rich Grove said through gritted teeth afterwards. "I have no idea how Keane managed to find himself in attack for 90 minutes and whilst the result may still have been a home defeat for us the feeling within the club was that we were good for a point today so very disappointing".
The loss still leaves the team in fourth place and a week off next week as Palmeiras come to visit in the first round of the cup. A game the manager is bound to experiment on.
A 2-0 home reverse to Barnstoneworth United ended the club's slim chances of progression in the WPL Super Cup to complete a poor week.
||With Charscot facing two of
the top three in the next two league matches it was
crucial that they overcame bottom side Southwell City
City are a far better side than their league position indicates and despite not having slot to Southwell in their previous four meetings at The Blue Silver Stadium the hosts looked nervous throughout the match and were a tad fortunate to take a 1-0 win courtesy of a 19th minute Garrincha tap in.
The win keeps Charscot in fourth place and with the leaders drawing the gap to the top is down to two points. Behind Charscot a four point gap has opened to fifth place to give a small cushion of safety.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied but cautious afterwards. "A hard fought win but it is good to see us winning these sort of close games as we have been guilty of losing them far too frequently".
"We now host second placed Spondon Dynamos and having hit hatfuls of goals against them recently, including five in this fixture last season, we have to hope to replicate our excellent form and take an enormous three points".
In the WPL Super Cup Charscot lost 3-2 at Barnstoneworth United to hand their opponents the group and now just have a slim chance of advancing if they can beat United in the reverse of the fixture next week.
Good news on the playing side as Liam Feeney signed a two year extension to his contract.
||Despite being unbeaten this
season Charscot knew the trip to struggling Balham Town
would be a hard one, with only one win in 6 previous
visits. As it turned out it would prove a bigger
challenge than anticipated as the team lost an even match
Despite being evenly matched in terms of match statistics the hosts proved far more clinical in front of goal and despite Garrincha's sublime lob for an equaliser on 29 minutes they still managed to crush the Wolverines.
The defeat dropped Charscot to fourth place and it will be important to secure a win next week against winless bottom side Southwell City before facing two of the top three.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post match. "An unacceptable defeat in terms of scoreline. Bad luck happens and there is no doubt we deserved a point but that is exactly the sort of game that if you do lose it you lose by the odd goal. Our defence is simply too porous. Changes will be made for next week with two players being given their full debut for the club".
In the Super Cup the team drew 0-0 at Space Cadets and will now face Barnstoneworth United in the final two group games to determine who goes through to the second round.
Meanwhile Falcao's bidding on the auction market has gone past £22million with 3 days to go.
||Charscot hosted struggling
Broomhall Lions hoping to extend their unbeaten start to
the season to six matches. The Lions have got off to a
poor start but are a tricky opponent so the hosts were
That cautiousness proved unfounded as the Wolverines won 3-1 to move into second spot.
It took three minutes for Wolfgang Muller to put Charscot ahead with a close range goal.
Despite an equaliser shortly before half time from Tyson Morledge the shots weren't to be denied as they controlled the second half.
On 65 minutes Garrincha finished off a superb dribbling run with a tap in before Matej Sindelar chipped home sweetly from the edge of the area with nine minutes to go.
Manager Rich Grove was a relived manager post-match. "With games against the bottom three over consecutive weeks there is always a danger of complacency leading to dropped points so it is good to see the first hurdle passed without incident. We now need to maintain focus over the next two matches and take at least four points from them."
The team drew in the Super Cup at Beeston Athletic to stay top of the group. However, it is going to be a three team battle to the wire to progress.
David Waterhouses committed his future to the club, signing a two year extension today.
On the auction market Falcao's bidding went past £10million with ten days left to go.
||Being unbeaten four weeks
into the season has become a frequent occurence for
Charscot in recent seasons but every time the season has
started to go downhill on week 5 with a defeat.
Traveling to A.F.C Binfield, whom Charscot had lost to on all 3 previous visits seemed a likely opponent to inflict the Wolverines first defeat of the season and so the manger made slight changes to the tactics in an attempt to preserve the unbeaten start.
The changes worked a treat as the visitors battled throughout and took a deserved point from a goalless draw.
The point dropped Charscot and A.F.C two places each to third and fifth respectively and the decision not to show even highlights of a battle of two of the top three pre-match beggars belief.
Manager Rich Grove was a happy man post match. "Whilst dropping two places could be seen by some as a negative we have to be delighted to be the only unbeaten side in the top flight and to have got a battling point at a venue where we have never gained anything before."
"We now face the bottom three in the next three matches and we have to try to ensure we gain as many points as possible from the matches against sides off to a bad start to the season."
In the Super Cup the visitors from Barnsley, Barnstoneworth United, got lost on the motorway and the match had to be cancelled.
Meanwhile, with a week gone since his listing Radamel Falcao has already generated a bid of £ 9,000,000 but that is expected to be beaten by the deadline later this month.
||Hosting Molineux Wizards
has proven to be a fruitful experience in recent seasons
and today was no different as Charscot won 2-1 and
leapfrogged Spondon Dynamos to go top of the league after
The match was a close one that the hosts just edged and first half goals from Jose Maria from close range and a superb chip from distance by Garrincha were enough to secure the three points.
Despite their lofty position the team will not be getting carried away, having had similar great starts only to crash and burn from week 5 onwards.
Manager Rich Grove was apprehensive post match. "I am very happy with gaining another win but am concerned that we will lose all we have gained in upcoming matches. We travel to third placed A.F.C Binfield next week and I anticipate the tv cameras being there to show us live for the second week running. Any points next week will be a massive gain for us as we need to preserve the good start."
The team followed their league win with a derby win 2-0 over Space Cadets to go to the top of their group in the WPL Super Cup after two matches.
Meanwhile the manager was true to his word as he listed disgruntled midfielder Radamel Falcao on the auction market. He is expected to raise in excess of £15million this month.
||A trip to local rivals
Beeston Athletic has not been the hardest challenge in
recent seasons but the hosts made the Wolverines really
battle to get anything today.
Garrincha had given Charscot the lead with a close range shot on 32 minutes and at half time the visitors looked in control.
However, Athletic came back strongly scoring two goals in five minutes, first from Vayrynen and then Dumitrache to grab an unexpected lead.
Charscot immediately responded though as it took just 45 seconds for Elvir Bolic to sore his first career goal with a tap in from two yards.
The draw leaves Charscot second, two points behind Spondon Dynamos at this very early stage of the season.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "Not our bets performance by any means and Beeston pushed us all the way. I liked how we bounced back from a bad five minute spell immediately and didn't let our heads drop. We need to show more of that fight throughout the season though."
The team had a quick turnaround as they came home to host Beeston Athletic in the first WPL Super Cup game of the season and the hosts won 1-0 thanks to a spectacular Matej Sindelar strike.
Some good news in the squad as Sandor Kocsis arrived after the successful bid for his services via the auction market and he had an immediate effect on the youth team who had struggled for goals the first two weeks but romped to a 9-0 win this week.
Meanwhile Jermeine Keane finally finished his training routine as the last standout skill, passing, went up this week.
With another trainee, Radamel Falcao, about to be placed on the auction market next week the manager suddenly has some breathing space with the training spots.
||The first home game of the
season saw local rivals Vanbrugh Royals make the short
trip to The Blue Silver Stadium, as the hosts looked to
continue their good record against the Royals.
The match was a fairly even contest but five minutes in the second half decided the match. Matej Sindelar put the hosts one up on 63 minutes with a superb 25 yard chip. Within five minutes the lead was doubled as substitute Kierrison headed in from the edge of the area.
Paul Balfe scored a consolation with ten minutes left with a close range header and the visitors nearly got a point as they hit the post with three minutes remaining but Charscot held on for their second 2-1 win of the season.
The win moves Charscot into second place as one of only two sides with 100% records, whilst their opponents stay in bottom place at this early stage.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied post match. "That was a hard fought match and wee really had to grind out the win in a match we edged but only just. Good to see two different scorers this week as more players look to get amongst the goals. We now have another local derby, this time at Beeston, and if we can maintain our excellent record against them then we have a decent chance of winning our first three matches".
The manager was relaxed until mention of Radamel Falcao, the recently promoted youth player, and his request to leave the club. "Radamel has let everyone down at the club, from myself and the coaching staff to the fans, as well as himself. To ask to leave when his professional career has barely started is a disgrace and his behaviour has left us with little choice but to let him go."
"If he had any respect for the club he would have told us last season, when we could have gained far more for his abilities from another club. We will spend this week looking for a deal but the likeliest outcome is he will go on the auction market next week".
"Thankfully the club are already invested in another young star as we can confirm we successfully bid for Sandor Kocsis from Real Madrid and hopefully he can fill the void of the ungrateful Falcao and indeed be better than him in time".
The bid for Kocsis, just north of £20.5mill is the fourth highest figure the club have ever paid for a player so it seems likely the manager will be very patient with him.
Players showing more loyalty to the club this week were Henrik Larsson and Harry Arter, who signed one and two year contract extensions respectively.
||A new season started with a
trip to Broomhall 1979, under new management, but
thankfully a management that the Charscot manager has had
a fair amount of success against.
The confidence initially looked misplaced as the hosts took the lead after 26 minutes through McKnight.
The Wolverines quickly bounced back as Jose Maria hit a superb lob from the edge of the area to make the score 1-1.
Maria secured the win 20 minutes into the second half with a spectacular 30 yard free kick.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied after the match. "Whilst the match was an even one we are obviously delighted to take the three points. However, having made winning starts to recent seasons we are not going to get carried away about winning at a side that is in the early stages of being rebuilt".
The draw for the cup saw the team drawn at home to unmanaged side Palmeiras. How much effort the manager will put into this match is up for debate but progression seems likely.
Harry Arter finally arrived at the club, having had to wait for the season to end. He will be hoping to put pressure on the main 13 in the coming weeks.
Although transfers seem unlikely it is believed the manager is chasing a target on the auction market and it should be clear who has been successful next Monday.
||With relegation not
realistic Charscot had little to play for as they visited
Thamesford United and the manager experimented with the
tactics. Whilst there was an improvement on last season's
5-1 loss a 4-1 loss was hardly inspiring and it is safe to
say today's tactics will not be used again.
The consolation from Wolfgang Muller towards the end of the first half gave no real cheer as the team were already three down at this point.
The loss meant the team finished tenth and just one point off a relegation place.
Unsurprisingly the team equalled the all time club record for most defeats, 14, which they "achieved" for the fifth time. They also equalled the record low number of away draws as they drew just once on the road for the third time ever.
Manager Rich Grove was brief after the match. "Another lamentable result and this season has been a miserable one with no redeeming qualities to it frankly. I would say I can't wait for the new season but with this squad of losers the next season could easily be even worse. I have at this point lost all faith in this squad of players and it is up to them to prove themselves better than their performances indicate".
The only bright spot on the season was the youth team winning the Youth league for a record 11th time. More importantly the youth team has produced two player, Falcao and Larsson, who in time will be knocking on the door of the first team.
With the end of the season comes the club awards and with the season being less than a success the awards pretty much chose themselves.
Jose Maria celebrated finishing as top scorer with the Player of the Year Trophy. His performances also resulted in his election to the club's Hall of Fame to complete a deserved double.
Taking the young player of the year award for the second season running is Radamel Falcao, who has combined a stellar scoring record from midfield with regular improvements to his abilities to fully justify the award. Unfortunate that Radamel's speed will probably hold back his appearances in the near future.
The fans now look ahead to the new season starting with a trip to Vasco, who are rumoured to be under new management. With the arrival of Harry Arter tomorrow from Astral F.C there will at least be one class player coming in to boost the squad.
||The last home match of the
season saw Shaolin F.C visit Blue Silver Stadium. The
hosts had never lost in 15 previous meetings home and away
to Shaolin but any confidence was gone days before the
match when it became clear a much weakened team was going
to play due to impending deals.
A poor performance inevitably followed with Charscot losing a close match 2-0 although the visitors effectiveness in front of goal meant their win was deserved.
"Not going to lose nay sleep over this" Manager Rich Grove reflected afterwards. "In normal circumstances this would be a disappointing result but in truth we have nothing to play for and the line-up is being chopped and changed as deals come and go".
"We go to cup finalists Thamesford United next week knowing we are safe even if we replicate last season's poor 5-1 defeat".
The loss leaves the team eighth but despite being three points off of a relegation spot the team cannot go down and all thoughts have already turned to next season.
After long negotiations one deal can be confirmed as Joe Giradi and Tommy Forlan are leaving to join Astral F.C of the Robin Hood league with utility player Harry Arter arriving for week 1.
Other deals had been mooted but now seem unlikely as a number of youth are likely to be kept in the hope of nurturing their talents to the required levels.
||A massive derby as Charscot
travelled to fellow strugglers Dep El Celtico knowing a
win would bring safety and anything less could see the
team on the verge of relegation.
As it was the Wolverines dominated from the first minute to the last and were deserving of their 1-0 win that guaranteed top flight status for another season.
In a repeat of last season's meeting Evgeni Malkin scored the only goal of the match, scoring from close range after 26 minutes.
The win moved Charscot up to 7th but with no chance of a top 3 finish in what has been a disappointing season. Their rivals Dep El meanwhile find themselves in 13th and one point off of a relegation spot with two matches remaining.
"That is an enormous relief" Manager Rich Grove stated post-match. "For the past few weeks relegation has felt like our destiny so to secure safety with 2 matches to spare is actually a bit of a surprise".
"We now have to find a way not to replicate our recent failures and get back to being the top three side we used to be with consistency. The Champions Barnstoneworth United have had it far too easy for a while now and someone has to provide a challenge and we have the players to do that but not if we continue to under perform as we have done".
The manager is in the final stages of determining the squad for next season and is prepared to let a couple of stars leave for the right deal. He did however emphasize that he doesn't believe that deal is out there at the moment so this could be a quiet end to the season.
A handful of youth players left today, with Larry Beatty joining Opal side Duffield Dynamoes, Duncan McGregor joining Milford Sound and Dean Gostick joining Spondon Dynamos.
Further sales seem unlikely with the remaining surplus 17 year olds hitting the auction market in a fortnight.
||For the second week running
a recent good record versus an opponent meant nothing as
Charscot crashed to a demoralising 1-0 reverse at home to
local rivals Callie Athletic.
Despite being unbeaten in the last 6 meetings Charscot huffed and puffed but created little and were made to pay as already relegated Athletic scored through Pileggi with 21 minutes remaining to take an unexpected victory.
Charscot are now just three points above the relegation spots and it is only their superior goal difference that gives Wolverine fans any real hope right now with fellow strugglers Dep El Celtico next week before facing high flying Shaolin and Thamesford to finish the season.
"Completely unacceptable" Manager Rich Grove fumed afterwards. "We are hosting a side that is already gone from the division, has no real form and nothing to play for and we produce a performance that is frankly garbage. I am sick and tired of defending the players at this club when those players simply don't bother to put in the performances to reflect their talents. It seems the 'perfect' players are anything but and there will come a point when I may as well offload the so-called superstar players and go back to getting in hard workers with slightly lesser skills".
The team now travels to Dep El Celtico knowing one win should be enough but anything less than that next week could see the team in deep trouble.
||Charscot's recent good
record against Real Madrid counted for nothing today as
the Wolverines had their heaviest defeat to Madrid, losing
3-0 and increasing the relegation concerns with four
The match was a fairly even one but three ex-Charscot players, Luka Modric, Lubomir Moravcik and Poul Nielsen made the visitors pay with a goal each.
The result moves Real into 6th place, transplanting Charscot down to 7th.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "A deeply frustrating game for us. Not one of our good performances, and we didn't deserve much but a three goal loss was incredibly harsh".
"We now have two matches to guarantee our top flight survival as we face local rivals Callie Athletic and Dep El Celtico, who are both in the bottom three. A win against one of them should be enough to keep us in the top flight".
||With Charscot having not
got a single point from their previous 11 meetings with
champions Barnstoneworth United avoiding defeat was the
As it was Charscot finally ended their bad run with a goalless draw but the reality is the hosts should have got more from the match as Charscot dominated the match and deserved to win convincingly.
The draw dropped the team to sixth and delayed Barnstoneworth being crowned Champions for another week. The team is still only five points from a relegation spot with five games remaining.
Manager Rich Grove had mixed feelings afterwards. "Whilst I am delighted to have ended our poor run against United, ironically one that started after we had a great unbeaten run of eight matches against them, the frustration of not having got the win we deserved rankles somewhat".
"We have to take the positives from today though and grab the 2 or 3 wins required to guarantee our safety as quickly as possible and not allow the pressure to build".
||If ever there was a team
Charscot need to play when in trouble it is Spondon
Dynamos and their hapless manager. Having taken 16 points
from the last 18 from the hosts at Cellanese Stadium, as
well as tow five goal blasts in the last two meetings home
and away Charscot went into their trip north full of
confidence despite their own poor form of late.
This confidence was reflected on the pitch as despite a fairly even game there only ever looked like being one winner once the team went up after just five minutes.
Captain Luciano Zauti mazy run was rewarded with a tap in to open the scoring and then Spondon's Neil Lennon decided to put the result beyond doubt with two own goals. The first on 22 minutes was an unfortunate ricochet after a goalmouth scramble but the second own goal on 83 minutes was a sublime piece of bad defending as he lobbed keeper Austin Ejide from fully 30 yards out.
Charscot old boy Eric Skora scored a consolation goal in the 89th minute from close range but the game was over by then.
The 3-1 win takes the Wolverines up to fifth place but five points off of third (the highest the team have any chance of achieving and even that is unlikely) whilst the threat of relegation lingers with the team five points from the bottom three with an expected defeat at Champions Barnstoneworth next week.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied post match. "A solid enough win and clearly one we needed as we look to halt our abysmal recent record against Barnstoneworth next week, when we more than likely will lose at home. Any points dropped today could have put us in deep trouble after next week".
"We are still a long way from safe but at least next week won't destroy our survival chances hopefully".
Having lost their last 11 meetings to United the team will expect to lose next week and then focus fully on grabbing the points for survival over the coming weeks.
||Charscot had never got a
point in three previous trips to Southwell City's Shankly
Stadium so today's loss wasn't exactly a shock.
Despite a solid performance that should have earned a share of the spoils the Wolverines went down to two second half goals, from Santiago De La Cruz and Brendan McLellan.
Those goals sandwiched a 59th minute equaliser by Jose Maria from close range.
Despite the loss Charscot stay sixth although now only four points off of a relegation spot and adrift of second place by an insurmountable eight points. With most of the division within a win or two of each other anything from third to fifteenth is distinctly possible.
Manager Rich Grove was brief afterwards. "Deeply frustrating loss as we really should have got something out of the match but again we come away with less than we deserve. This team seems incapable of getting a run of good results and with four defeats in five we are in grave danger of relegating if we can't turn things around".
"We now face a Spondon side we have had fun with in our last two meetings before facing an almost certain defeat to Champions-elect Barnstoneworth United".
Off the field the manager has been busy with Radomel Falcao's departure confirmed with his replacement not due to arrive for probably another season or so.
Also arriving via the auction market is Ezequiel Lavezzi. Ezequiel has been signed to help the youth team win next season and it is expected he will return to the market towards the end of next season or dealt in a deal.
||With no goals in their last
3 matches Charscot's free scoring side had looked anything
but coming into the home match against Balham Town.
With the bottom three looking an increasing threat a win was of utmost importance and the manager made tactical changes in the hope of getting the team moving forward again.
The changes made an immediate impact as Evgeni Malkin scored from close range with four minutes gone.
Long time Charscot nemesis David Iovine took just 9 minutes to level the scores with a fantastic 20 yarder.
As the match wore on a draw looked increasingly likely until a two goal burst in three minutes secured a 3-1 win for the hosts.
Substitute Artur Coimbra kneed home from close range within 7 minutes of coming on to make the score 2-1 on 69 minutes. Garrincha scored 120 seconds later with a shot from ten yards.
The win moved Charscot into sixth place but they still find themselves equidistant between third place and relegation, five points off of each respective place.
Manager Rich Grove was a clearly relieved man afterwards. "The match itself was a fairly even one so I am delighted to see us finally win a game. Having dominated games and not even scored, never mind won a game, I won't be too distraught at the even nature of today with a 3-1 win".
"A further tinkering to the tactics will take place before next week's match at Southwell City, a place we have never got so much as a point at".
There was further good news afterwards as the club confirmed the acquisition of Emiliano Delossantos from Chaddesden Celtic of the Opal league. Emiliano is a star in the making and it is hoped his continued hard work at Chad will result in a player close to the finished article when he eventually joins Charscot at some point in the next 34 weeks.
To bring in a player of Emiliano's quality does require sacrifices and so it was in this case as exciting youth star Radamel Falcao is leaving in the deal. Radamel will be trained with the Wolverines for a few weeks yet before leaving before the new season.
||For the third week running
shot shy Charscot couldn't find the net and lost despite
having the better of the stats. This week's 0-2 reverse at
Broomhall Lions dropped the team to 9th place and now five
points off of both a relegation spot and off of second
Manager Rich Grove had little comment post match. "Simply unacceptable. I have grown very tired of the poor results and am reaching the point where I simply do not know what there is that can change the situation".
"I am looking for possible deals to improve or at least freshen up the side but it is proving hard with little quality around and managers asking the earth for players they have vastly overrated. We do have a bid on a player on the market but the chances of being successful with another couple of days to go is slim as everyone can see our bid and go above it".
||Charscot still cannot find
any real consistency as they lost 2-0 at home to A.F.C
The performances was enough to warrant a share of the spoils but two goals in the first 16 minutes consigned the hosts to defeat.
The team are now sixth but surprisingly still within a win on second place as most of the division has the same issues with gaining consistent good results. However, the team are now just 5 points off of a relegation spot and could easily find themselves battling to survive if they don't pick up their results quickly.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say. "A frustrating week as I got the tactics wrong due to mixing up who we were playing and whilst it may have made no difference to the result it is still very annoying to make such an error".
"We have to be careful not to drop too low but I am already looking towards next season in many respects and am considering some potential deals to freshen things up".
||Charscot hadn't lost in
their previous 6 trips to The Academy and arrived on the
back of a 3 game winning streak and full of confidence.
That confidence was to prove to be misplaced though as despite edging the game the team came away with nothing after a Lucas Piere tap in gave the hosts the 1-0 victory.
Despite losing the team stayed fifth and just two points off of second place but now just six points above the relegation area.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards as he continued his honeymoon but did briefly appear to say "Disappointing and undeserved but sometimes you don't get the breaks and we will just have to work hard this week and hope to get back to winning ways against Binfield next week".
||Charscot came into a local
derby with a two match winning run and the knowledge they
had never dropped points at home to their opponents in
three previous meetings.
This record was never threatened as the hosts recorded a one sided 4-0 win that moved the team into fifth place.
Tevrez Fernando had scored in the three previous meetings with Athletic home and away and it took him no time to make it four as he headed home beautifully with just nine minutes elapsed.
25 minutes later Jose Maria scored with a header of his own to double the lead and end the contest.
Matej Sindelar scored the third on 56 minutes with a close range effort before Wolfgang Muller scored a majestic volley from twenty yards.
Manager Rich Grove is on his honeymoon and it was the assistant manager who took a brief press conference afterwards. "We are all delighted with the win, not least our newly married manager. It puts us in a decent position to push on in the remaining games and aim for a top 3 finish".
||Charscot have been looking
for a slice of luck for quite some time and it came this
week as the team travelled to local rivals Vanbrugh
Royals. A win would move the visitors above the hosts and
a lot was riding on Wolfgang Muller who had scored in 3 of
the previous 4 meetings.
Muller lived up to the pressure, scoring after 14 minutes with a spectacular 35 yard free kick for what proved to be the only goal of the game.
The Royals dominated for long periods and Charscot were thankful for Jess Hall who produced a number of world class saves to preserve the lead.
The win moved the Wolverines into 6th place as they prepare for another derby next week as 5th placed Beeston Athletic visit The Blue Silver Stadium.
Charscot are now just two points from second place and have a little breathing room on the bottom three.
Manager Rich Grove cut a sheepish figure post match. "Not often I do a press conference feeling we have robbed a team but today is certainly one of those occasions".
"Whilst you could argue the tactics were spot on as we did win, it clearly was a battling performance rather than our more customary dominating performance".
The manager did confirm that deals were being considered for a couple of youth players, Dasayev and Falcao, but whether a deal will be found only time will tell.
||Charscot were desperate for
a win as Vasco visited The Blue Silver Stadium. Having not
lost in their last 9 meetings at home to Vasco the hosts
That confidence was quickly rewarded as it took just twenty seconds for Garrincha to curl a spectacular 30 yarder to put the hosts ahead.
Delroy Brown equalised on 12 minutes but the hosts weren't to be denied as Evgeni Malkin restored Charscot's lead four minutes later with a close range effort.
Garrincha scored his second on 36 minutes with another close range effort to give Charscot a 3-1 interval lead.
Any chance of a comeback dissipated instantly upon resumption as Malkin headed in from 8 yards to confirm the final scoreline as 4-1.
The win moved the team up to 9th place and whilst the gap to second wasn't reduced the gap to the bottom three was increased.
Manager Rich Grove was a happy manager post match. "Whilst this was a long way off of our recent dominating performances the efficiency in front of goal more than made up for any other shortcomings and the win was extremely pleasing".
"We now face a local derby at Vanbrugh Royals, knowing a win will boost up into the top half of the table. Having not lost in our last five meetings with the Royals we are hopeful of at least not losing".
Youth goalkeeper Maurice Balham left for Wascisco Red Sox today, ironically just as first choice youth keeper Dasayev got injured for a fortnight. His injury could seriously hurt the team's ability to win the next couple of games.
||Charscot hosted fellow
strugglers Thamesford United knowing a home win would
propel the team up the table and a loss would drag them
right into the relegation battle.
As it was the Wolverines were the better side but failed in front of goal, missing numerous chances and were made to pay, losing 2-1.
Charscot actually took the lead on 37 minutes as Matej Sindelar scored with a sublime chip.
United battled back almost immediately as Amin Asikainen dribbled through before tapping in from close range.
United got the winner on 61 minutes as Mark Bull scored with a spectacular drive from outside the area.
The result leaves the teams level on points with Charscot ahead only on goal difference and now just two points away from a relegation spot and four points off of second in the league is a bunched up middle section.
Manager Rich Grove cut a frustrated figure afterwards. "I am sick of standing here lamenting our failure to turn domination into wins. At some point I have to wonder if this team would be better off with another manager as I am growing tired of watching us get nothing for our performances".
"We now face Vasco knowing a win will leapfrog them but in recent weeks that sort of incentive has not helped one iota so despite not having lost to them in 7 home meetings a defeat wouldn't exactly shock me".
The manager allowed to Madas Milijas to go on loan to Wascisco Red Sox this week, mainly in order for Madas to get some games under his belt with a view to competing for a starting spot next season.
Surplus goalkeeper Maurice Balham will also be leaving the club, joining Wascisco as well, after a failed deal to another team this week.
||Charscot travelled to
Shaolin F.C having never lost in 18 previous meetings so
hopes were high despite Shaolin sitting in second place.
A win for the Wolverines would have moved them above Shaolin on goal difference but despite dominating from the off the team failed to convert enough of it's chances and had to settle for a disappointing 1-1 draw.
The hosts went ahead against the run of play after 28 minutes after the referee awarded a dubious penalty for a foul that looked outside the box. Mohamed Mido coolly slotted home.
It took until the 55 minute for Charscot to equalise as Jose Maria scored his seventh of the season with a simple finish after a mazy run from his own half.
The visitors continued to attack but couldn't find the quality finish required to get the season going in the right direction.
Charscot now host former champions Thamesford United, who find themselves four places below Charscot in 14th but knowing that a four goal win would leapfrog them above the Wolverines.
Manager Rich Grove was disappointed afterwards. "This really should have been three points, based both on past history and on today's performance and those extra two points could make a big difference in a division where only 1st and 16th seem secured".
"A run of 3 or 4 wins could make all the difference to the season but if we don't get that run soon we will be in serious danger of relegation".
A new arrival to the club this week is youth keeper Rinat Dasayev, bought for £10.9mill from abroad via the auction market. His arrival creates a log jam in terms of training so a deal may be made in the next few days to remove one of the six potential trainees.
Good news as Tommy Forlan secured his future at the club, signing a three year extension.. That takes the number of players on long term deals to thirteen.
||Charscot hosted local
rivals Dep El Celtico looking to build on last week's
Liam Feeney got the team off to a great start with his first ever goal, heading in from just outside the 6 yard box and after that the match was a scrappy affair with neither side taking control.
With just five minutes left Charscot old boy Siddig El Fadil hit a superb 30 yard lob to grab a point for the visitors which in truth they deserved.
The draw sees Charscot in 9th place but just 3 points behind next week's opponents Shaolin F.C, a side that has never beaten Charscot in 18 meetings.
Manager Rich Grove was a man of few words afterwards. "Disappointing not to hold on despite not really deserving the win in truth. We now simply have to beat Shaolin next week".
The club appears to be looking for fresh blood for the youth team as it has put in a substantial bid for a youth player on the market. However, there is still a day to go and the club may be outbid on the final day of bidding tomorrow.
||Charscot travelled to local
rivals Callie Athletic desperate to get back to winning
ways. The hosts were even more desperate for a win as
their season has seen them rooted to the bottom of the
The game itself proved to be a far easier proposition for Charscot than was anticipated as the visitors cruised to a 3-0 win.
The return of Tevrez Fernando after 3 weeks out injured gave the team an almighty boost and it took Tevrez just ten minutes to score with a close range toe poke.
Charscot controlled the match but it took substitute Kierrison's appearance to kill off the hosts as he scored two in a minute with a close range tap in and a diving header on 76 and 77 minutes.
This took his tally of goals as a sub to 8, just one behind the club record holder Stefan Selakovic.
The win moved the team up 4 places to 8th and facing another local slumping team, Dep El Celtico, next week.
Manager Rich Grove was a relived man afterwards. "The lamentable losses in recent weeks have been hard to take and whilst we continue to outscore every team in the WPL, we have made hard work of keeping clean sheets. Consequently, it was very pleasing to have our first clean sheet in two months in a controlled performance and the return of Tevrez cannot be underestimated".
"we need to use this win as a platform and return home and beat Dep El next week. If we can do that then the table will look far more friendly and we can maybe look forward to a better second half of the season".
After the recent flurry of activity this week was a quieter week with just the confirmation of a one year contract extension for Madas Milijas.
||Charscot hosted Real
Madrid, a side that hadn't beaten the Wolverines in their
last 9 meetings so hopes were high of a much needed win.
These hopes rose when Garrincha hit a superb free kick on 20 minutes to put the hosts one up. Despite ex-Charscot player Poul Nielsen equalising 13 minutes later the team got a huge boost on half time as with the last kick of the first half David Waterhouses lobbed the keeper from 35 yards for a magnificent goal and a 2-1 lead.
Despite the visitors having the bulk of the play it looked like Charscot would get a much needed win until a sickening last 60 seconds.
Another Charscot old boy, Lubomir Moravcik, headed in brilliantly in the final minute and as the hosts contemplated dropping two points the visitors charged forward and scored again through substitute Di Stefano to grab an unexpected win.
The loss dropped the team to 12th position and although only 4 points off of second place the team is on a downward spiral and could be bottom three next week.
Manager Rich Grove was fuming post match. "That was an utter disgrace. Simply unacceptable and I am sick and tired of this team letting myself and the fans down with such regularity. I don't care what the breakdown stats-wise was, it is just not acceptable to lead so late in the game yet take nothing".
"I am getting to the point where I simply don't see a future for myself at the club as the players are clearly not responding to myself in a positive way any more and after year's of poor results I simply do not see much point in carrying on this way".
"I could make wholesale changes but it never makes any difference and the effort just doesn't seem worth it".
A busy week as the manager delved into the transfer market with five players leaving and two arriving.
First up was the sale of Luigi Buffon to X Force Fc of the WS to complete the deal that brought keeper Jess Hall to the club a few weeks ago.
Next up was a basic sale of a foreign find to Melenkurion Skyweir of the MOA.
Then another simple cash deal as Philip Nock arrived from Ziaste Nequeno. Whether his previous injury will be a concern has yet to be fully determined.
Finally the big deal of the week saw no less than 3 youth players that were fundamental to the youth team's results this season leave the club. The departure of Carlos Alonso Gonzailez, Eduardo Salvio and Charles George could really hurt the development of Larsson and Falcao and this could be a gamble that doesn't pay off.
Arriving for the 3 of them is utility man Madas Milijas, who will immediately be trained to sharpen his speed.
||Charscot expected little
from their visit to leaders Barnstoneworth United today as
their recent record against United was abysmal so the last
gasp defeat was as expected as it was galling.
In a topsy turvy match the game could easily have resulted in a point for the Wolverines but their defence buckled late on.
United had scored twice in the first twenty minutes before two penalty awards in six minutes (the first time Charscot had ever been awarded two penalties in one match) allowed Forlan and Maria to bring the scores level.
When Matej Sindelar scored with a spectacular shot on 39 minutes it looked like Charscot were finally going to end their poor run.
United had other ideas, equalising within 2 minutes of the start of the second half but Charscot came back again as substitute Artur Coimbra scored with a superb 30 yarder with 11 minutes left.
At this point the visitors should have shut up shop but within 60 seconds United equalised again with Pearson's second and then with just two minutes left ex-Charscot player Etienne Rocheteau headed in from close range for the winning goal.
The result puts United clear at the top whilst Charscot dropped down to 8th place and could easily find themselves in a relegation battle if results don't pick up soon.
The saving grace is Charscot face Real Madrid next week, who they have beaten in their last 4 home encounters and are undefeated home and away in 9 meetings.
Manager Rich Grove felt his side's defensive frailties have cost his team dear far too often. "We really need to sort out the defence once and for all. Going forward we are as good as anyone in the league frankly but we are so vulnerable at the back that the pressure is on to score 3 or more goals at least every week".
"Changes will happen for next week's match as we have to maintain our record against Real to move us away from a potential battle to stay up. Anything less than two win, against Real and bottom club Callie in the next fortnight will leave us in real danger".
||A meaningless week as the
team travelled to V.A.G Wolfsburg F.C for the first round
of the cup. The apathy towards the competition was clear
from the start and the team went down to a 3-2 defeat
despite controlling the game for long periods.
The only consolation was Matej Sindelar's first professional goal and Jose Maria's fifth of the season.
Manager Rich Grove was relaxed post match. "Hard to be upset when I don't care about the competition and when my players still did more than enough to win most matches".
"I am far more interested in next week's match at Champions and leaders Barnstoneworth United, a match that has been a guaranteed defeat in recent seasons".
Unfortunately the focus on next week won't probably change the outcome from the usual away defeat.
||Desperate to get back to
winning ways the manager made tactical changes for the
meeting with Spondon Dynamos. When the teams last met at
Spondon Charscot hit five and the visit of Spondon to The
Blue Silver Stadium resulted in more of the same as the
team won 5-1.
The match was a complete mismatch as Charscot tore the visitors apart and the only surprise was that it took 22 minutes for the home team to score.
Garrincha was the opening scorer with a superlative lob from outside the area.
Top scorer Tevrez Fernando added a second with an amazing curled drive from 30 yards 13 minutes later.
Jose Maria got in on the scoring on 58 minutes with another superb swerving shot and the third goal of the season contender in one match.
Mbouh-Mbouh got a consolation three minutes later with a fine lob but this just spurred Charscot on to two more goals.
Maria got his second with a simple close range shot on 67 minutes and Fernando got his second with two minutes left with another superb curling shot from 35 yards.
The win moved the team back up to sixth place and with the top two drawing with each other Charscot go into the cup week with a four point deficit to make up.
Spondon meanwhile find themselves down to 15th and in increasing trouble.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards - "Really pleased the change of tactics and change of positions, with Maria moving into attack, worked so well today".
"We really needed that win and it further emphasized how dangerous we are going forward as we lead the scoring in the top flight".
The one downside to the day was the news that scoring machine Tevrez Fernando was injured in training and will miss the cup and also matches against Barnstoneworth United and Real. Missing the match against the Champions and leaders United is a huge blow.
||Charscot fought back to
prevent a fourth consecutive defeat but the feeling is
still one of failure as the team continues to lurch along
without any sense of direction.
Visiting Southwell City had never won at The Blue Silver Stadium but by half time that looked set to change as they lead through goals by Sucre and Tardy.
After a half time dressing down by the manager, who confirmed post match his anger at a lethargic first half performance had been made very clear to his players, the team fought back to grab a point.
Ten minutes into the second half Evgeni Malkin scored his third of the season with a fine chip from the edge of the area and eight minutes later Garrincha volleyed home from close range to move into outright second place in the all-time scorer charts for the club.
The hosts came close to grabbing a winner but in truth a draw was all they deserved.
The draw dropped the team to 8th place, although still only 6 points off of top spot as struggling Spondon Renegades visit next week before the cup week.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "A dire first half, a much better second half, when we gave ourselves plenty of time to find a winner but failed. 1 point from 12 is unacceptable and there will be changes for next week."
One bright spot from the week was new signing Jess Hall agreeing to a two year contract. Hall is expected to make his debut in the next two weeks.
||Charscot are officially
falling apart. A third consecutive defeat today after what
had been a great start, leaves the team in 7th place and
morel likely to be looking down rather than up in
The latest defeat, a 0-2 reverse at Balham Town, was all down to two first half goals from Iovine and Merrett.
The result was a little harsh but at this stage lamenting bad luck is simply not going to solve anything.
Manager Rich Grove cut a forlorn figure post match. "This run is extremely worrying. I had great faith that the more streamlined squad would do me proud this season and despite early season encouragement it all seems to have fallen flat in recent weeks".
"We can still challenge at the top, but only if we arrest this run of results immediately and get back to winning ways with a home win versus Southwell City next week".
The team lost again in the Super Cup, 0-1 at home to Barton Blitz, and cannot progress past the group stages now.
After Luigi Buffon's disgraceful behaviour last week, when demanding to be played whilst injured despite the manager having been loyal to him and trained him up, the manager wasted no time in offloading him.
A deal was agreed within 48 hours with X Force of the Will Scarlet League with goalkeeper Jess Hall joining from the Wolverines and Luigi due to leave the club next month.
||Charscot looked to bounce
back after last week's first defeat with a home win over
Broomhall Lions, a team that had never scored against
Charscot in four previous meetings.
However, despite dominating play Charscot came up short as the Lions completed the classic smash and grab, recording a 3-2 victory that leaves a lot of questions to be answered by the Charscot manager and players.
The hosts got off to a poor start, going one down in 22 minutes but quickly responded with Jose Maria's second goal of the season, with a simple close range goal on 38 minutes.
Zeto restored the visitor's lead on 64 minutes before Joe Giradi scored a bizarre own goal with a diving header on 78 minutes.
Five minutes later Wolfgang Muller made it 2-3 with a tap in but the equaliser wouldn't come.
Charscot find themselves in fifth place, still three points off of top spot, after a brace of defeats to struggling sides and now have serious question marks as to their chances of success as they travel to undefeated Balham Town next week.
Manager Rich Grove was fuming afterwards. "Simply unacceptable performance. All credit to Broomhall for getting their tactics right but we simply should not be losing games like this one if we want to be anywhere near the top three".
"I am left wondering what is the point in this squad if they can't produce the results their skills state they should be getting. We now are in desperate need of a win next week against a high flying Balham Town side who have yet to lose a game".
The manager then raged at one of his own players. "Supremely disappointed to find Luigi Buffon complaining he wants to leave if we can't use him. Clearly I feel we can use him or else I wouldn't have extended his contract and it isn't as if he can play for us right now considering he is injured !".
"If Luigi can't grasp that he can't play with an injury then he is clearly too stupid to be of use to us and I will look for a swap deal for him with immediate effect, although how likely anyone is to want to swap keepers has yet to be determined".
Completing a miserable week the team lost 3-1 at Shaolin in the Super Cup and the team's chances of progressing to the knock out stages are now all but gone.
The one bright spot to the week was Captain Luciano Zauti signing a 3 year contract extension, which should take him a long way towards the end of his career.
||A tricky match despite
their opponents lowly position as 15th placed A.F.C
Binfield had won both previous encounters at West End
Charscot's manager knew this match was likely to prove a hard one and so it proved as despite a very even match Charscot proved unlucky losers once again.
The only goal came on 64 minutes as Paul Cheetham scored with a spectacular volley.
The defeat dropped the team 3 points behind Barnstoneworth United although they stay second.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post match. "A disappointing and undeserved defeat but we need to bounce back from this as quickly as possible and a home win over Broomhall Lions will be the perfect way to bounce back".
The team suffered a second 0-1 reverse going down to Crawford Villa in the WPL Super Cup and with half the group fixtures played lie in third place in their group.
||After opening with three
wins the team droped it's first points of the season,
drawing with The Academy at The Blue Silver Stadium.
The team got off to a bad start, concedingafter just seven minutes but hit back on 56 minutes as Evgeni Malkin scored his second of the season with a close range tap in.
Despite going close a few times, including hitting the bar, the hosts couldn't find the winner and had to settle for a point.
The team stay joint top, second purely on goals scored, as Champions Barnstoneworth United also drew. The teams are now joined on ten points by local rivals Dep El Celtico, who won convincingly 3-0.
Manager Rich Grove was fairly relaxed afterwards. "Could have been a lot worse although we could also have had the rub of the green and won. All things considered we can't complain too much and now we move onto a big challenge next week which may well indicate how likely we are to challenge the top clubs".
"We travel to struggling A.F.C Binfield, who despite a poor start have taken 4 points from two games against us at their place. After losing this fixture 3-0 last season the pressure will be on and I will be trying something a little different in the hope of getting something from the game".
In the Super Cup the team lost 2-1 at Barton Blitz and drop to third place after two games.
A further boost to the Charscot youth team today as the team secured Eduardo Slavio via the auction market for a fee just over £7.1million. Eduardo was bought from Glenfield United of the NSA.
Eduardo has a short career at the club as he will be re-sold via the market or in a swap deal at the season's end. In the meantime it is helped he can help boost the team's fortunes and in turn help the progress of fellow youth players Larsson and Falcao.
||With two wins from the
opening fortnight Charscot went into their local derby at
Beeston Athletic full of confidence. Having won 5 of their
6 previous meetings with Athletic home and away the fans
were expecting a third win to open the season and they
weren't disappointed as the visitors came through with an
excellent 3-0 victory.
Tevrez Fernando opened the scoring with a close range effort after 20 minutes and the Wolverines never looked back.
The lead was doubled eleven minutes later as Luciano Zauti side footed in from close range.
The second half saw Charscot continue to control the play and they were rewarded with Fernando's second goal in the final minute with a superlative 25 yard chip.
The win leaves Charscot in second place as one of two sides with 100% records after three matches, the other being Champions Barnstoneworth United.
Manager Rich Grove was content post match but wasn't getting carried away. "This has been a great start for the team but we have had starts like this in the past and allowed things to slip away so we need to remain focused. We are bound to have a bad run sooner or later but when it comes we have to bounce back quickly and not allow it to distract us into the sort of bad run that ends a season".
The team started it's WPL Super Cup campaign with a fighting 1-0 win over Shaolin F.C
On a quiet week the only other news was the confirmation of Elvir Bolic's loan to Wascisco Red Sox. The loan is expected to be for a season although form and injuries may change that.
||Charscot started their home
campaign with the visit of local rivals Vanbrugh Royals
today, a team Charscot have made a habit out of beating at
Today was to be no different as an assured display saw the hosts win deservedly by three goals to one to move into third place at this early stage of the season.
Jose Maria showed he could score from any position as his move into defence didn't prevent an early tap in for the player on 9 minutes.
Charscot were caught cold at the start of the second half as David Holland kneed in from close range.
The hosts didn't let this deter them though as they continued to dominate and were rewarded on 67 minutes as Tevrez Fernando scored another close range goal.
Kierrison then added a third with his sixth goal coming off the bench with yet another close range goal on 73 minutes.
Manager Rich Grove was content post match. "Always good to open the home campaign with a win and the nature of the performance was very pleasing. However, we have had good starts before and then lost our way so we are not going to get carried away by a couple of wins".
"We have a short trip to Beeston Athletic next week and we need to continue our good record against them to try and keep the winning run going".
Charscot were pleased to announce that new signing Elvir Bolic signed a two year contract extension. Elvir's form is such that he is going out on loan next week to Wascisco Red Sox to get some games under his belt before making a push for a starting XI place presumably next season barring injuries or a major upswing in form.
||An opening day trip to
Vasco is a daunting fixture but with Charscot having won
three of their last four trips to Stadio De Las Americas
by two goals to one hopes were high for a repeat.
With the manager trying out new tactics he had no idea what to expect but as it was it was business as usual as Charscot once again won 2-1 to settle into fourth position after the first set of fixtures.
Charscot scored the first goal of the WPL season as Evgeni Malkin scored from close range inside 30 seconds of kick off.
The lead was quickly doubled as Wolfgang Muller side footed home from two yards out five minutes later.
Despite a Brixton White goal ten minutes into the second half the visitors weren't to be denied as they held on for a deserved win.
Manager Rich Grove was a happy man afterwards. "The team did all I asked of them and thoroughly deserved the win with an effective performance. It is very early days but with a more refined squad with far less excess in it I am hopeful this will show in better results on the pitch with a closer more tight knit set of players".
The deliberate decision to drastically reduce numbers in the squad was clearly a boost to the young trainees as three players who a season ago were wary of signing contracts all signed two year extensions. The decisions of Matej Sindelar, Neal Caffrey and Jermeine Keane to extend their contracts is an immediate return on the sleeker squad being employed after it became clear an over bloated squad wasn't achieving the right results.
The squads average age is just 21 with only three players older than 25 so this could easily be a unit that stays together for many seasons to come if success follows.
A busy week in the transfer market as the manager surprisingly allowed two first team regulars, Luka Modric and Lubomir Moravcik, leave for rival WPL side Real Madrid. Arriving in the other direction is Elvir Bolic, whose career has barely started and could find himself in any position in time and youth player Carlos Alonso Gonzailez.
Gonzailez is seemingly at the club for just this season as he and fellow new boy Charles George's presence at the club is purely to help win games and aid the development of Henrik Larsson and Radamel Falcao.
Two youth players came in from local rivals for cash as Maurice Ludlam (Ziaste Nequeno) and Dean Gostick (Space Cadets) both made the short trip. Neither player is a world beater by any means but both should help balance the youth team out, as was readily apparent today as the team won 15-0 to go top at this early stage.
The draw for the cup was made and Charscot will travel to V.A.G Wolfsburg in the first round. With the manager likely to experiment as usual Wolfsburg are probably delighted with the draw.
||Charscot travelled to
Thamesford United knowing a win would guarantee third
place. Despite a decent recent record at Paddock Road the
team was to be on the receiving end of an undeserved 5-1
scoreline that sent the team spiralling down to sixth
The match was over quickly as United score four first half goals to leave the result beyond doubt.
By the time Fernando scored in the 86th minute the scoreline had already been increased to 5-0.
Despite the scoreline Charscot were actually the dominant team and on another day would have won convincingly themselves.
The result meant the sides switched position, United going from 6th to 3rd and Charscot turning a 3rd place into 6th.
Manager Rich Grove was in relaxed mood post match. "of course a 5-1 scoreline is never something you want to be on the receiving end of but our play deserved far better and whilst a top 3 finish would have been great it simply wasn't meant to be and a top 6 finish on our return to the top flight isn't exactly a failure by any means".
"We will now try to better this season and take the lessons we have learned into the new season".
One player calling it a day was club legend Rick Higgott who retires after scoring a club record 85 goals in 363 appearances since his trainsfer from Carling Casuals of the ROE. Whilst not going out on the high he hoped after scoring an own goal last week, his name will forever be recognised by the fans as one representing excellence and Rick has already agreed to take up a coaching role with the club.
One player guaranteed a major role is Jose Maria, who signed a three year contract extension today.
Meanwhile new arrival Henrik Larsson settled into his new surroundings and will quickly be joined in the youth team by Charles George. George was bought via the auction market from Opal side St Mary's Saint for a fee just past £8million and will make up a strong midfield trio along with Radamel Falcao as the team looks to boost the chances of Larsson and Falcao making the grade.
With another season at an end the fans got to pay their own tributes to the players.
Firstly was the Hall of Fame elections. This year two players entered the club, Goalkeeper Pete Robinson and utility player Luka Modric. Pete has had a superb season, seeing off the challenge of Waso Tassenaar to establish himself as the rightful owner of the number 1 shirt.
Luka has thrived in his new defensive role whilst still providing a handy four goals from his deeper position.
Player of the Year went to new arrival Jose Maria, who has shown an eye for a goal as well as producing performances of sublime quality.
In a poor year for the youth team Radamel Falcao took the youth award as the only player to really shine.
||Charscot hosted struggling
St Joseph's BC in their final home match of the season and
duly won to realistically relegate their opponents.
The result may have appeared close but Charscot dominated from the first whistle to the last and on another day could have scored far more.
Modric opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a simple shot from close range.
Rick Higgott, playing his last home game of a stellar career, had the unfortunate distinction of scoring an own goal in his home farewell as his attempted backpass on 29 minutes spiralled past a helpless Pete Robinson for an undeserved equaliser.
Despite this setback the hosts continued to take the game to their opponents and were duly rewarded as Jose Maria tapped in from close range on 53 minutes.
The win leapfrogged Charscot into third place, knowing a win at Thamesford next week will guarantee a top 3 position in the club's first season back in the top flight. However, a loss could see the team finish as low as seventh.
Manager Rich Grove was happy enough afterwards. "Our first season back has been fairly inconsistent so to find ourselves in the top 3 with one game left is a pleasant surprise, even if it all goes wrong next week".
Behind the scenes keeper Luigi Buffon signed a one year contract extension and it is hoped within the next season he will be the finished article, having been excluded from training in favour of outfield players this season.
What appears to be the final transfer business in preparation for next season was completed with the arrival of the youth star from Molineux Reserves today.
Whilst the manager will consider deals for the next week after that no changes are expected.
||Charscot travelled to local
rivals Dep El Celtico with only a slim chance of finishing
top three. Meanwhile Dep El find themselves in a very
close relegation battle and were desperate for the win.
The match turned out to be no contest as Charscot controlled the game from the first whistle and the only surprise was that Dep El only lost by one goal, a result that may just keep the team up on goal difference in two week's time.
On his return to the starting line-up Evgeni Malkin made the case for his starting next season with the only goal on 25 minutes, chipping home from 30 yards.
The win moves the Wolverines into fifth place and they still have to play one of the two sides they are chasing for third place and a win against relegation threatened St Joseph's BC next week could set up an intriguing final week.
Manager Rich Grove held a very brief press conference afterwards. "A good display just lacking the goals we deserved but we are already focused on next season and I will be deciding on who will make up the starting XI over the next week".
"With today's latest deal no more deals are expected as we have the squad down to the right number of players for the foreseeable future, not too big or too small".
The deal the manager referred to is the impending arrival of the youth midfield star from Molineux Reserves with Leonard Cohen having already left the club in the deal today.
Aside from a few contracts to negotiate it appears the team is all set for next season.
||Charscot and local rivals
Callie Athletic met at The Blue Silver Stadium in a match
that finished all square. The result did nothing to help
either sides chances of a top three spot as the season
reaches it's final three games.
Charscot took the lead just after half time as David Waterhouses scored from close range. This goal was cancelled out 14 minutes later as Sean Barton broke through to score easily.
The draw saw both sides drop a place to 7th and 6th respectively.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post match. "A draw was all we deserved today, and even that was fortunate in truth. I can't blame the players too much though as we are going through the motions and experimenting tactically with no chance of relegation to concern us".
The remaining 17 year olds were all made available for cash today, although how many will actually be sold has yet to be determined.
One player expected to generate interest is the 26yo foreign player who went on the market today to coincide with the start of the new WPL season.
||Having taken 19 points from
the last 7 meetings with Real Madrid, the Charscot team
travelled north full of confidence for a match that
featured two sides with little left to play for.
As it was the Wolverines scored twice but one was at the wrong end to leave both teams frustrated with a 1-1 draw that kept the hosts in 7th place and the visitors in 6th place, exactly the same as they both were before kick off.
Luka Modric hit a sweet lob from 18 yards to give Charscot a lead after a quarter of an hour.
However, Tommy Forlan score his second own goal, this one a bizarre diving header, on 31 minutes to level the scores.
Both sides went close but couldn't find a winner as the teams both took a fair point.
Manager Rich Grove was disinterested afterwards. "It is hard to generate enthusiasm for these matches right now. We could finish top 3 but it just all feels flat and whilst we are only 3 points off of second place and still have two of the sides above us to play it just feels like we are going through the motions".
"I am fairly confident of what this team will look like next season and the only decision left to make is over the captain, Luciano Zauti, and what future he has at the club. Aside from that, and a decision will be made this week, everything else is just a question of waiting for the right time to sell or list on the auction market".
The draw for next season's Super Cup was made, pitting the Wolverines with Barton Blitz, Longfield K.L.F and Shaolin F.C in a group that could prove very tricky even with the top two expected to progress.
||Sandwiched between playing
two teams that Charscot seemingly always beat, Spondon and
Real, was today's match against Barnstoneworth United. The
Champions have had a great recent record, winning the last
nine meetings of the clubs so expectations were low, and
United took six minutes to take the lead as Charscot old boy Etienne Rocheteau scored from close range.
Lubomir Moravcik equalised with his second goal in as many games with a tap in but the goal simply gave false hope as United scored further goals from Lockwood and Brown to win 3-1 in a match that could easily have been a draw.
Manager Rich Grove was unconcerned afterwards. "Not a good result but luck wasn't on our side and in truth the result meant little with the season over to a great extent. We find ourselves with a grudge match and some local derbies to generate interest for the fans but for myself I am looking to next season already".
"I can confirm that club stalwart Stefan Selakovic is leaving this week, joining Vaga Valiants of the MOA and we wish him every success as he plays out his final seasons. Stefan has been exceptional for the club, playing in all outfield positions scoring 56 goals, third all time, in 314 full appearances, again third all time and 90 substitute appearances, most ever at the club."
||A trip to Spondon is a joy
for Charscot and their fans as the team visited the
Renegades holding a record of 8 wins, 2 draws and just one
defeat in their history at the Cellanese Stadium. What
used to be an easy match became even easier when they
hired one of the most inept managers in the league, and so
it proved as the Wolverines hit five for the second time
in three away matches.
Spondon's players were so confused by the inane jabberings of their manager that they were all at sea and even contributed two own goals as Charscot recorded their first ever 5-2 away win.
Spondon held out for 5 minutes before Lubomir Moravcik scored his first of the season from close range.
Inexplicably the hosts equalised a minute later through Borgetti, who would later find himself at the wrong end of the pitch as he scored with a superb diving header into the wrong net.
Before that goal Willy Stray hit a back pass past his own keeper and Rick Higgott scored from close range before Jose Maria scored a sublime close range volley.
At 5-1 ex-Charscot player Eric Skora lobbed home from thirty yards for a consolation goal.
Manager Rich Grove was surprisingly disinterested post match. "Always nice to win of course, and scoring five again is good for the goal difference but in truth we are going through the motions and I am just trying out different tactics. These tactics worked ok but it is hard to draw any real conclusions considering the opponents are managed by a manager who barely knows his own name" he joked.
The team is now back in fourth place and three points adrift of second place but with a defeat to Barnstoneworth United next week all but guaranteed the team will do well to be top six come next week.
Behind the scenes Tim Johnson completed his departure, joining St Barts of the MOA after a bidding war resulted in him selling for a staggering £ 15,650,000.
Some of that money was immediately re-invested extending Joe Giradi's contract by three seasons and it is hoped he can show the same form for the club that he has shown out on loan the past couple of seasons.
||A second consecutive defeat
realistically ends any slim chance of Charscot challenging
Today's 1-0 reverse at Southwell City was harsh as a draw would have been fairer but the performance was far from impressive as the team looked goal shy in the final third.
The only goal came from Ziggy Boniek after just 12 minutes and despite much huffing and puffing the result wasn't in any real danger after this point.
Charscot are now sixth, directly behind today's opponents and whilst only 3 points off of second place the team's momentum has gone and the team now need to grind their way to the finish.
Manager Rich Grove promised changes post match "I have given these players enough chances and it is time to look ahead to next season now. I will be spending the rest of the season experimenting to try out different tactics and to see which players respond well to the changes".
When queried about the team's inability to challenge at the top the manager ended the press conference as he chucked the microphone in a nearby waste bin and stormed out.
||Charscot's unbeaten run
came to a crashing halt as the team lost a poor match 0-2
at home to Balham Town.
Two first half goals did the damage in a game of little quality that neither side really deserved to win.
The loss dropped the Wolverines to third on goal difference as one of three sides on the same points whilst their victors took second place.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "Well, that was poor wasn't it ?". "Disappointing as just as we looked like having a shot at the title it is over as we drop 7 points behind the Champions and now it is a battle for second between a host of clubs and frankly now the season feels a bit flat after so much optimism".
With nothing of note happening behind the scenes the team feels like it may be treading water for the next couple of months now.