||Charscot's season could
mirror last season, with the team reliant on their home
form . If so this week's match is a good sign for the
continuance of being a dominant side at home as the team
crushed local rivals Wascisco Red Sox 3-0.
The result was never in any question as the hosts controlled the match from the first whistle.
Valentino Van Drunen scored for the third consecutive match as he scored from close range on 29 minutes.
It took until the 65th minute for the lead to be doubled as Evgeni Malkin's sublime 30 yard lob capped a fine personal display.
A third goal came as an unlucky Michael Strauss put through his own net whilst under pressure with ten minutes to go.
The win moved the team into sixth place at this early stage of the season and the Manager seemed pleased.
"A fine start to our home matches for the season. If we play like that we will win a lot of games this season. However, our away form has yet to match the home form and until it does we will not be challengers so our trip to local rivals Beeston Athletic next week will be a good early test".
A mixed week in the personnel department.
Joshua Npowa confirmed his desire to stay, signing a 2 year extension whilst veteran defender Mustapha Kuruk sadly announced his retirement for th end of the season.
Meanwhile Henrik Larsson continues to refuse to sign a new contract but for now the manager is determined to play him and hope to convince him of his long term future at the club.
||Charscot's season opened
with an away game at St Joseph's BC, a fixture the
Wolverines lost 4-0 last season. This was an early
indicator that their away form was going to be an issue
Today, a much better performance saw the team draw 2-2 and on another draw they may have even stolen a win.
Despite going behind after nine minutes it took another nine minutes for the team to pull level as Harry Arter scored a superb goal from distance.
The hosts re-took the lead on half an hour and for a long time a home win looked likely.
However, Valentino Van Drunen scored a superb equaliser from distance with nine minutes left, for his third goal in seven full appearances since joining the club last season.
The draw sees the team in 9th place at this early stage.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "After last season this has to be an improvement and if we can build on this performance whilst maintaining our excellent home form we can be challengers, if not, then it will be back to the drawing board".
The draw for the first round of the cup sees the team go to Champions Real Madrid for what is likely to be the tie of the round.
A busy time as players committed to the club and one surprising new arrival made his entrance.
Sandor Kocsis signed a one season extension and immediately left the club, going on loan to Ziaste Nequeno. He won't be allowed to play for Ziaste against Charscot but will hopefully still gain valuable experience and maybe sharpen up a skill or two.
Rinat Dasayev also signed a one year contract extension with al longer one unlikely until it is determined which of three keepers leaves the club at the end of the season.
Artur Coimbra signed a three year extension, a reflection of his undoubted talents.
One player not signing is want away striker Henrik Larsson. However, the manager is determined to persevere with Henrik this season and hope to change his mind.
In a move that has many fans and other managers questioning the manager's sanity the club broke the game's transfer record with a bid of £ 41,386,254 for midfielder Joshua Npowa this week. The player arrives from Hundon Harriers of the Opal league still needing training and over the next week it will be decided if he will be loaned out to gain valuable match play.
The previous record was an enormous £10million less and it has to be wondered if the size of bids have irrevocably risen or has the manager (and one or two other contemporaries) got completely carried away with their bids. Only time will tell.
||Charscot's final match of
the season saw the team travel to Thamesford United's
Paddock Road ground for the final time as United prepared
to go out of existence.
A once mighty title winning side United had been in the shadow of their neighbours, Barnstoneworth United, in recent years and whilst a consistent top 3 side their title challenges had become a thing of the past.
The visitors knew anything less than a win wass unlikely to secure a top 3 finish and so it was to prove as a 2-2 draw saw Charscot finish fourth by a mere two goals.
Mark Bell was again the nemesis of Charscot as he scored after 4 and 77 minutes.
In between those goals Valentino Van Drunen had scored from close range before Emilio Delossantos' bundled shot just after half time had given Charscot hope of an unexpected win.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied enough afterwards. "A draw was a fair result today and fourth place seems appropriate as we have been in fourth more than any other position this season. If we want to be real challengers we need to sort out our atrocious away form, if we don't then we will continue to be also rans".
"We have one, possibly two players coming in to the club but they are trainees for the future, but we have a few players looking to show they have what it takes to be a success so a few players will get their chance next season".
Midfielder Toni Kroos will be arriving from St Barts, to complete a deal from earlier this season.
With just the Opal to go Charscot were the highest bidders for an auction market player at a ridiculous £41-odd million. Confirmation of the player's final destination has yet to be confirmed at the time of writing.
As another season comes to an end the club announced the end of season awards.
Despite a fairly successful season very few club records were even troubled this year.
In fact the only one that was was fewest home defeats in a season. The team managed to equal the feat of 2000/1 and 2012 of losing only one home match, that being against Thamesford United on this occasion, and this was the reason the team didn't struggle this year.
For the third consecutive season only one of the two allotted places in the Hall of Fame were awarded and this year's recipient is Mustapha Kuruk. Kuruk came into the club as an bit part player to fill in with his experience for a short while before retiring but he has far exceeded those expectations as he now prepares to play his third season at the club and has developed a knack for scoring goals from defence.
The fans decided the Player and Young Player of the Year award as normal. Taking the senior award is club captain Jose Maria who had another good season up front. He has now taken the award for four consecutive seasons, a clear record.
The youth award went to young star Rob Rensenbrink, who is showing a lot of potential and could be knocking on the first team door in the next couple of years if he continues to progress.
||Charscot's final home match
of the season was just what the team wanted, a visit from
Shaolin F.C , who have a truly appalling record against
A combination of history and Charscot's exceptional home record this season meant a home win was considered to be automatic and so it proved as Charscot cruised to an easy 3-0 win that was never in doubt.
All the goals came in an 11 minute blitz in the first half.
Emiliano Delossantos scored his first professional goal on 11 minutes with a drive from ten yards out.
Four minutes later Jose Maria doubled the lead from the edge of the box.
Evgeni Malkin then added a third from close range and any semblance of this match being a contest was long gone.
The hosts went close late on with a Maria header hitting the bar but the score wasn't to change.
The win leaves Charscot fourth in the table and they cannot finish lower than that. A draw could see the team finish third but to have any chance of second place a win is needed next week at Thamesford United.
Manager Rich Grove cut a relaxed figure after the match. "It's been a good season overall. Our away form has clearly held us back so the chances are we won't finish higher than fourth next week but we can hopefully build on this season and get closer to top spot net season with any luck".
Behind the scenes the manager was busy making longer term plans as two of this week's scorers committed their long term future to the club.
Captain Jose Maria signed a four year extension whilst Emilio Delossantos signed a three year extension.
The squad for next season looks fairly well set with a main pool of 16 to chose from with a number of trainees outside this number and no doubt some players are bound to go out on loan to get games and/or get the sharpening up of skills they require.
||Charscot travelled to Long
Eaton Archers with the pressure on to turn around their
poor away form that has held them back this season.
As it was the match was a bland even one and despite Jose Maria's close range goal four minutes in the Wolverines had to settle for a point with a 1-1 draw.
The point leaves the team in fourth and two points off of second place with two matches remaining. However, with a tricky match at Thamesford United on the final week the team will really need to win at home to Shaolin F.C next week, a challenge the hosts have found easy in the past with 8 wins from 11 home games and just one loss.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post match. "A fairly dull draw and really not what we needed in our circumstances. Our away form this season has been incredibly poor and has killed what should have been a season where we challenged for the title".
The only really good news was midfielder Jairzinho completing his training and joining the crop of "finished" players, a group that Henrik Larsson hopes to join soon too.
||Charscot hosted local
rivals Ziaste Nequeno knowing that a loss would see their
rivals leapfrog the Wolverines and go into fourth place.
With the hopes of a top three finish on the line Charscot put on a superb display as they came away with a strong 3-1 win to keep the pressure on the two clubs directly above them and move clear of fifth place.
Jose Maria scored in the 37th minute from close range and Mustapha Kuruk quickly doubled the lead shortly after half time with a header.
Ziaste got a goal back just past the hour but the home team capped off a fine performance with a Matej Sindelar free kick in the final seconds of the match.
Manager Rich Grove was not sounding confident about the remainder of the season after the match despite the win. "We are within two points of second place and face two struggling teams in the final 3 matches. However, the problem is two matches are away and we have struggled all season when away from The Blue Silver Stadium and anything less than 7 points from the final three and we can forget finishing second or third".
The draw for next season's WPL Super Cup was made on Friday and the team will face Zakreze F.C, Beeston Athletic and Woodley Wanderers.
||Charscot travelled to shock
Champions-elect Real Madrid knowing their own title hopes
were gone and that their away form had been the destroyer
of their hopes.
As it was the away form continued to be a problem as the team lost easily 3-0 with three ex-Charscot players scoring the goals as Luciano Zauti, Nathan Delfouneso and Madas Milijas scoring the goals.
The team stay in fourth place and realistically can only challenge for third place in a straight battle with Balham Town.
Charscot return home to face local rivals Ziaste Nequeno, who shockingly sit in fifth place and will leapfrog Charscot with an away win next week.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "That was dire, no excuses but we really need to sort out our away form, which has become an embarrassment and ruined our season. Two away games left to experiment this season before we start again in earnest on a new season".
The good news to come out of the club was the signing of a star young midfielder from the MOA, who is expected to join the club for the start of the new season.
Meanwhile midfielder Evgeni Malkin signed a 3 year contract extension.
||Charscot hosted reigning
champions Barnstoneworth United knowing even a win was
only likely to help arch rivals Real Madrid and at best
would keep Charscot in the hunt for a top 3 finish.
The match was a typically tight one but in a change from recent history the hosts came away with a superb win thanks to a Mustapha Kuruk tap in from close range just after half time.
With United looking like they will be culled at season's end this was likely the last competitive United side there will ever be so a win was a good way for the hosts to finish their decades long battle with.
The win keeps Charscot fourth and still seven points behind next week's opponents Real Madrid with just five games left.
Manager Rich Grove was pleasantly surprised afterwards. "I must admit I expected one final loss to United this week but we have been due a win from an even game with them for some time so I offer no apology for this result as it was long overdue in many regards".
"We now need to turn around our dodgy away form at leaders Real next week if we want to do anything to stop Real claiming their first ever title after all these years. Our home form has been exceptional with just one defeat all season but our away form has been very patchy and after last week's heavy loss another next week would be very demoralising".
With one eye on next season the manager looked to secure the services of Evgeni Malkin for the long term. Evgeni was happy to confirm his future with the club, signing a three year extension to his current contract. More contract extensions are hoped for in the next six weeks.
||Charscot travelled to
Spondon Dynamos having not lost in two months but knowing
that too many draws meant anything but a win would end
their faint title hopes.
As it was the match was fairly even except the hosts were far more effective in front of goal and for that reason alone deserved their much needed win.
All Charscot had to show for their endeavours was an Evgeni Malkin volley just before half time to cut the arrears to 2-1 before two goals in a minute made the final score 4-1.
The loss leaves Charscot 7 points off of top spot with matches against first and second in the next two weeks. It seems likely the team will drop down the table after losing the next two games.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "Spondon deserved the win for being more creative in the final third and I wish them luck in their relegation battle. For our part we have a slim chance of third place considering our next two matches at best and in truth we are looking to next season and will be experimenting in the upcoming matches".
The only good news was Tevrez Fernando's decision to sign a three year contract extension committing his future to the club.
||Charscot's fourth place was
under threat as they travelled to fifth placed Carnbroe
Rovers. Rovers for their part knew a home win would move
them into fourth place.
The match itself saw Rovers create numerous chances but they failed to capitalise in the final third of the pitch until the66th minute when Lanescu scored from close range.
Charscot had a two month unbeaten run to protect in the league and they responded quickly as substitute Valentino Van Drunen scored his first goal for the club with a superb lob from thirty yards to secure what could still be a crucial point.
The result leaves Charscot in fourth place and now five points behind leaders Barnstoneworth United, whose recent poor run continued with another defeat today.
With matches against the leaders and the second placed side Real Madrid in the next 3 weeks the fans still hold onto slim hope of being involved in the title fight. The manager doesn't agree however.
"The title is unrealistic." Manager Rich Grove stated post match. "We have become more solid but still draw too many matches to really challenge the top two. If we can make third place this season that will be an excellent result but whether we do or not we simply have to build on this season and be better next season and beyond. Too often we have a good season and then fail miserably the season after."
A quiet week behind the scenes as the manager continues to look to the future and it is expected that all the 17 year olds will be made available for cash in the next 2 to 3 weeks with private enquiries taking priority.
||Charscot hosted second
placed Balham Town knowing a win would see the Wolverines
leapfrog their opponents.
History against Balham wasn't great though and as it was the teams played out a 1-1 draw that helped neither side, particularly with leaders Barnstoneworth United faltering and losing.
Town scored after 15 minutes through Mario Melka and the hosts equalised through Kierrison's superb free kick on 39 minutes.
Neither side could find a winner and the point saw Town drop to third and Charscot have just a three point lead over next week's opponents Carnbroe Rovers.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "We can't say we deserved more and a point against Town is a decent result. We now need to go to a fairly inconsistent (in recent weeks) Carnbroe Rovers and try to sneak a win to get ourselves putting pressure on the top three."
A quiet week behind the scenes as it seems likely the team has finished with transfer deals, bar the sale of the youth players about to turn 18.
||Charscot travelled to all
but relegated Broomhall Lions knowing a win was needed to
remain second in the league.
However, despite Broomhall's poor season Charscot knew this game would be hard, having never scored in four previous matches there.
That record was not to be challenged as the sides fought out a fairly dreary goalless draw that helped neither side.
The point saw Charscot drop two places to fourth and with second placed Balham Town visiting The Blue Silver Stadium next week in an enormous clash of two form sides.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "Not the win we wanted but despite the lion's share of possession a draw was fair. Clearly there is still work to be done to move into genuine contenders and we will look to improve over the net couple of months in preparation for next season".
Meanwhile the youth side got a boost with the arrival of Gylmar Dos Santos Neves from Spondon Dynamos. Neves should help the youth side win games for the next 40 weeks which in turn should help Rob Rensenbrink achieve his full potential.
||Facing A.F.C Binfield is
never an easy task and even with Charscot in superb form
this match looked likely to spoil the team's current run.
With Charscot looking to complete their first ever double over Binfield and with the Wolverines not having conceded a goal in their last four matches hopes were high that the hosts could get an enormous win.
Those hopes got an early boost as Tevrez Fernandez scored in the second minute, scoring from close range.
Although the more creative Charscot had to wait until the 54th minute to double their lead with a superb Matej Sindelar free kick.
Substitute Sandor Kocsis scored his first professional goal within nine minutes of coming on as a sub to kill the game with 15 minutes left.
Charscot old boy Garrincha, who only left to join A.F.C last Monday, scored on his debut for A.F.C after coming on as a sub to stop Jess Hall's clean sheet record at 482 minutes, which is the third best run ever by a Charscot goalkeeper.
The win saw Charscot leapfrog into second place and to within five points of Champions Barnstoneworth United with ten games left and afterwards Manager Rich Grove urged caution amongst the fans.
"It is far too early to get carried away with our position and any talk of challenging United is simply unrealistic at this point. We have to carry on playing as we have been in recent weeks and hope the results can keep us as high as possible."
"If we can win five and draw three of our final ten that should give us a decent chance of second place with 55 points and for now that has to be our greatest hope".
With the mood around the club very good new arrivals Valentino Van Drunen and Per Reidar Aarbakk both signed contract extensions for a further two seasons today.
With youth prospect Rob Rensenbrink showing further signs of improvement along with Jairzinho things are looking good at the club for now.
||Charscot travelled to
Molineux Wizards looking to extend their run of clean
sheets as the manager continues to experiment with the
As it was it was a Charscot old boy, Mesut Ozil, who was to provide the defining moment of the match as his miscued back pass on 78 minutes flew into his own net and gave the Wolverines a 1-0 away win in a match the visitors dominated for long periods.
The win moved the team into fourth place and just one point off of second place and the free falling Real Madrid, who have lost four straight.
Manager Rich Grove was upbeat afterwards. "It may have taken an own goal to win but the win was thoroughly deserved as we controlled the match and our tactics worked perfectly. The title is beyond us but we can hopefully finish in the top six and relegation is at least not a threat this season".
"We will continue to experiment for the remainder of the season as we look for the best combination from the players available".
After a lot of rumours in recent weeks there was finally movement in the transfer market as after a week of negotiations the manager pulled the trigger on a four for two deal that surprised many of the fans.
The deal involved fellow Premiership rivals A.F.C Binfield, who are the recipients of four players whilst sending two to The Blue Silver Stadium.
First out the door is goalscorer Garrincha. Garrincha joined the club as a 16 year old via the auction market and was until three months ago the costliest player in the history of the game. He has managed to amass 321 appearances, fifth all time at the club and is the second highest scorer in the club's history on 74 goals (just 11 adrift of the record).
Hie departure at only 28 surprised many fans who expected him to play his whole career at the club and to break all the individual records at the club. That is no longer the case.
Second to leave is a bigger shock in some respects as Trevor Suggett is leaving too (deal will be confirmed next week as he was traveling back to London before making his way to the South Coast to sign his new contract). Suggett broke the league and club record fee held by Garrincha for so long just 14 weeks ago and yet he has been allowed to leave without playing a game for the club.
Third to leave is Wolfgang Muller, who rejoins the club he joined the Wolverines from having played 139 goals and scored 18 goals whilst with Charscot.
The last to leave is Elvir Bolic and despite being the youngest of the four at 24 year's old, and who has played 46 games, scoring three times. However, his role in the team never seemed defined and his departure makes that decision now unnecessary.
Joining the Wolverines is A.F.C. 's top scorer this season Valentino Van Drunen and it is hoped he can keep that scoring as part of his repertoire at his new team.
Also arriving is another 20 year old, Per Reidar Aarbakk. Per's role within the team has yet to be decided but it is believed he may be tried in midfield initially.
The Manager was delighted with the business completed. "I was certainly in two minds about letting so much talent leave but it was time to try out something new and hopefully Valentino and Per can continue the excellent start to their respective careers".
"We will miss Garrincha, who is a club legend without a doubt, along with Wolfgang Muller and we wish all four the best of success as long as it isn't at the expense of our own ambitions !!".
||Hosting local rivals
Beeston Athletic has always proven fruitful for Charscot
before today with five wins out of five and only one goal
Beeston for their part knew a few more results should see their top flight survival guaranteed and set up their tactics accordingly to grind out a draw.
On the day the hosts proved incapable of breaking down Athletic and both sides had to settle for a point with the visitors no doubt the happier of the two sides.
The draw leaves Charscot in fifth place but well adrift of top spot and with a cushion to sixth for now.
Manager Rich Grove seemed to be focused on the future afterwards. "A disappointing draw considering the history of our meetings but the reality is we didn't deserve any more than a point and our season is now over in terms of any real success. We will of course try to secure a top three finish but it will fall far short of what we were looking for this season so it is time to look forward".
"With that in mind it is time to look forward and I will be deciding the fate of a number of players as soon as possible with the likelihood that they will be placed on the auction market as swap deals are proving hard to find".
||A trip to local rivals
Vanbrugh Royals has not resulted in much success in the
past and Charscot went into the match with a poor away
record that has held the team back this season.
The manager made some tactical changes and despite a clear improvement in performance the Wolverines couldn't find the goal they desperately needed and a goalless draw was the result.
The lost points resulted in the team dropping two places to fifth place and a further point off the top as the gap reaches seven points.
Manager Rich Grove was unimpressed afterwards. "The performance was good but the finishing cost us a potentially crucial three points and it is hard to see us having much to play for this season now".
"We return home to face Beeston Athletic, a team we have beaten on all five previous occasions at our place, knowing we must maintain that record or else dismiss the the season as being over".
A quiet week although it appears the manager may be looking to offload Garrincha and a trainee, Kocsis, for the right deal.
||The team faced an enormous
two matches as the second half of the season started,
knowing that failing to win either game would end any slim
hopes of success this season.
First up the team hosted St Joseph's BC, who have a poor record at The Blue Silver Stadium, taking one win and four points from 9 previous meetings.
History was a good indicator as Charscot tore BC apart and the 2-0 scoreline didn't do justice to the exceptional display from the Wolverines.
Two first half goals from Kierrison and Tevrez Fernando were more than enough and more performances like this could see the team challenge in the league after all.
The win moved the team into third place and within six points of top spot after Real Madrid suffered a shock 0-1 home loss to a previously win-less Broomhall 1979 side.
Confidence was high going into the cup match against The Academy. The sides had met twice before in the cup with Charscot losing both meetings at home in the first round and for the second time this week history gave away the result.
In an even match Garrincha's second half equaliser took the team to extra time and then penalties, where The Academy won 4-2.
Manager Rich Grove was surprisingly pleased afterwards. "We would have loved to progress in the cup but even having a long shot chance of success in the league prevents us from being too down at our cup exit".
"Of course we need to start winning away matches, and will be looking to change things around for our derby trip to Vanbrugh Royals next week as we have to get a decent winning run going to have any chance of a top three finish".
||The team's excellent home
record came to a crashing halt today as Thamesford United
left with a convincing 3-0 win to leave the team looking
for the cup to provide any excitement in the remainder of
Much like last season the team finds itself not involved realistically at the top (even though still in fourth place) and is looking at the cup for some reward from the season. Last year the cup distraction almost cost the team it's top flight status but it would be hoped the team could scrape enough points to stay up whilst trying to return to the Cup Final for the second season running.
Manager Rich Grove was clearly unhappy with his team afterwards. "We just didn't perform today and can have no complaints at the size of the loss to United. It is however very frustrating that our good work here at The Blue Silver Stadium means so little as the players just didn't perform at their normal levels today".
"We now face two home games next week with St Joseph's BC visiting in the league before Division One promotion chasers The Academy arrive for the second round cup tie. We need to be looking to win both before some tricky away matches".
||A trip to Shaolin F.C has
never been a daunting prospect for Charscot, who had never
lost in 13 previous visits but with the Wolverines' away
form being poor this season the hosts must have been
quietly confident of ending that run.
However, Charscot proved that history can be a great indicator as they won convincingly 3-1 to stay fourth in the league and close the gap with the top two drawing with each other.
Tevrez Fernando scored from close range on 21 minutes and was to score the last goal early in the second half with another close range effort.
The hosts had earlier got an equaliser through Hafiz before Kierrison put Charscot back ahead just before half time with a superb close range volley.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied but cautious afterwards. "A win over Shaolin is something we have come to expect in recent years but I was wary this time with our ability to make a mess of away matches. We now have two home matches and if we can maintain our home form in the next fortnight then we may just make a push for the top three.
"However, despite our home record and next week's opponents Thamesford United having a rubbish away record, we need to be careful as they have had the indian sign over us in recent seasons."
Behind the scenes the first part of a multi part deal took place with one player arriving and another two due to leave next week.
Further deals are possible as talks are ongoing.
In the WPL Super Cup Charscot exited the competition after a 2-2 draw at Zakreze F.C saw the team knocked out 3-2 on aggregate.
||Long Eaton Archers have
proven to be a lucky opponent for Charscot, who have
beaten the visitors the last eight times at The Blue
Silver Stadium and unbeaten in the last dozen. With
Charscot also having won their last four home matches and
gone unbeaten all season at home confidence was high.
That confidence was rewarded as the hosts quickly took a two goal lead through Harry Arter's close range tap in and Kierrison's flick home from six foot.
Despite Santa Cruz halving the deficit before half time the hosts always looked to have enough in hand and claimed a 2-1 win to stay fourth in the table.
Charscot lost the first leg of their quarter final with Zakreze F.C by a solitary goal and will need an away win next week to have a chance of progression.
Manager Rich Grove was content enough. "A workmanlike performance but the result always seemed to be assured and we need to correct our patchy away form over the coming months if we want to have any long term success".
On a quiet week there were rumours that a deal was imminent but no confirmation at the time of writing.
||A trip to local rivals
Ziaste Nequeno had always proven fruitful with two wins
from two previous meetings but Ziaste have been a hard
team to break down this season with just one defeat all
Today's match was completely one sided as Charscot dominated throughout but despite dominating the visitors lost to leave their season looking dead in the water.
Ziaste scored twice on the break in the first 31 minutes and all Charscot had to show for their play was a Stephen Appiah own goal on 34 minutes.
This was the first defeat in 17 years when Charscot had been gifted an own goal.
Charscot remain in fourth place but ow three wins adrift of the top and the season looks like being another attempt on the cup already.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post match. "Today was just one of those days. I can't complain at the effort we put in and if not for some wayward finishing we would have won by four or five. However, it is a sign of our luck on the road that we are getting punished for every little mistake".
The team bounced back with a 1-0 win at Thamesford United in the WPL Super Cup with a Jose Maria goal to progress to the quarter-finals. The teams were level after the two legs and Charscot went through thanks to their excellent group stage record with 5 wins from 6, whereas United had two wins from four and even with two extra games would not have matched the Wolverines record.
The team now faces Zakreze F.C for a place in the last four.
||Charscot were looking to
get back to winning ways after seeing their seven game
unbeaten run end so convincingly last week. Unfortunately
their opponents were leaders Real Madrid, who had a record
of 8-1-1 going into the match.
However, the hosts were hoping their unbeaten home run could be a difference maker and so it proved as Charscot came away with a superb 2-1 win that re-energised their season just when it looked like it may be meandering to nothing.
Jose Maria scored against his old club after 34 minutes with a brilliant close range header.
The lead was doubled a minute into the second half as Mustapha Kuruk scored with a fabulous curling free kick for his third goal from defence this season.
Ex-Charscot player Madas Milijas halved the deficit with just under half an hour left but the Wolverines held on for what could prove to be an enormous win.
The win kept Charscot in fourth place but reduced the deficit to the top to six points as Barnstoneworth United took advantage of Real's loss to go top.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy afterwards. "Superb performance as our players really put in a good ninety minutes and the tactics worked perfectly. If we can beat local rivals Ziaste Nequeno next week we can move towards halfway with confidence from only losing one in ten matches".
Behind the scenes goalkeeper Jess Hall signed a one year contract extension.
The Super Cup match at Thamesford United failed to take place with the hosts postponing the match.
||Despite an unbeaten run of
seven matches Charscot always knew a trip to Champions
Barnstoneworth United was going to be a difficult
proposition and so it proved as the hosts came away with a
Although the scoreline was a little harsh the loss wasn't in an open match where the play was end to end constantly.
Artur Coimbra's close range equaliser on half an hour was the only bright spot for the Wolverines in a disappointing 90 minutes.
The loss dropped the team to fourth as they host leaders Real Madrid next week whilst United stay in range of Real in second place.
"A bad way to end our run but I can't be too disappointed in the players" Manager Rich Grove stated post match. "We gave it our all in an entertaining match but we still have a way to go before we can consider ourselves as genuine challengers. We now need to get back to winning ways against another side that really shouldn't be challenging at the top, Real Madrid".
The team completed a miserable week losing the first leg of their second round Super Cup match at home to Thamesford United 1-0.
The one bright spot was Mustapha Kuruk signing a contract extension just a week after confirming his intention not to retire this season.
||A trip to Division One
basement side Sussex Crusaders F.C was never likely to
prove a test as the team looked to repeat last season's
Cup Final appearance and so it proved as the Wolverines
coasted to a 4-0 win.
Artur Coimbra scored his first of the season from close range on 22 minutes, a lead that was quickly doubled by Jose Maria with a tap in as Maria scored for the third consecutive match.
Further goals in the second half came from Garrincha, also scoring his first of the season with another close range effort and Teverez Fernando with a sublime chip.
Directly before the fourth goal ex-Charscot player Luis Felipe Monti saw red for excessive industrial language.
Manager Rich Grove only had thoughts for the upcoming matches. "A commanding performance but it means little if we don't extend our unbeaten run through the next two matches. If we can come out of a trip to second placed Barnstoneworth United and hosting top side Real Madrid with an eight match unbeaten run then we can look forward with confidence".
In the WPL Super Cup it was confirmed that Charscot will play Thamesford United in the second round over two legs starting next week.
||Charscot hosted struggling
Spondon Dynamos knowing a win was needed with matches
against the top two coming up in the next two league
The match itself was not a thriller and the visitors held the edge. However, Charscot's recent form was clear as the players were all at their best and a win came courtesy of Captain Jose Maria with a drive from twenty yards in the 36th minute.
The win dropped Dynamos a place into 15th whilst Charscot moved up two places into third place.
Manager Rich Grove was cautiously optimistic afterwards. "A hard fought win to extend our unbeaten run to six matches and take our tally to 13 points from 15 since the change in tactics. The big test is around the corner though as after a break for the cup we travel to third placed Barnstoneworth United before hosting leaders Real Madrid. In three weeks we will have a far better idea what our prospects are like for the rest of the season".
A busy week behind the scenes as Wolfgang Steinbach arrived via the auction market for a fee in excess of £10.5mill. The fee reflected the manager's need to boost the youth team to help Rob Rensenbrink's improvement as Wolfgang is lacking in the all round skills needed to stay past turning 18 or indeed the skills to recoup more than half the fee paid.
More loans as Rinat Dasayev joined fellow top flight club Ziaste Nequeno to get some much needed match experience, and Alex Lenghel became the third player to join first division side Southwell City.
Coming in to the club is keeper Petr Leiko from Dep El Celtico. Petr has arrived as cover for Jess Hall whilst Rinat is away on loan.
||A home match against fifth
placed Carnbroe Rovers, the team that beat Charscot in
last season's Cup Final was the test the team needed to
see if their change of tactics would work against form
teams as well as struggling ones.
As it was the scrutiny was passed with flying colours as the hosts won 3-2 thanks to an own goal to leapfrog their opponents and go fifth themselves.
It all looked easy as Charscot scored twice in the opening ten minutes. Wolfgang Muller's close range shot on four minutes was soon followed up by Jose Maria's precise 20 yard chip.
As the hosts relaxed Rovers showed why they are a force as two goals in 8 minutes before half time send the teams in level at the break.
Charscot put the pressure on Rovers immediately after the break and the pressure told as Reece Slowey deflected a tame shot past his own keeper after 53 minutes for the winning goal.
Manager Rich Grove was a happy man afterwards. "A great result against a quality team and manager. Have to be delighted with the three points and taking our unbeaten run to five matches. We have another home match next week, against struggling Spondon Dynamos and we need to win again to put us in a solid position as we approach the week's break from league action".
In the Super Cup the team completed the group stage with a 2-1 win over local rivals Wascisco Red Sox with goals from Muller and Arter. The team tops Group G with 15 points.
The personnel within the club is still ever changing as there are no less than three foreign players looking for clubs whilst there is a bid in on a fourth one that if successful tomorrow will boost the youth team as the management looks for any help to turn Rensenbrink into the star he could be.
||A trip to high flying
Balham Town, a venue where Charscot have struggled in the
past, was going to be the first real test of the team's
new tactical style.
The team produced a superb display in all but finishing as the Wolverines dominated from the start but had to settle for what is still a good away point.
The draw did drop both sides down a place with Charscot now in sixth and hosting fifth placed Carnbroe Rovers next week.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "Sad to see the winning run end but a four match unbeaten run with three consecutive clean sheets is a vast improvement on what we had been doing until a month ago".#
"We now have consecutive home matches and can either establish ourselves as a challenger at the top or else see ourselves drop away. Now it is up to the players".
In the WPL Super Cup the team won 2-0 at The Academy Reserves and have guaranteed progression with a game to spare courtesy of a Jose Maria double.
The only news behind the scenes was the agreed loans of Suggett, Waterhouses and Lenghel to Southwell City for the rest of the season.
||A home game against bottom
side Broomhall Lions was the perfect match to have
following a much needed win last week as back to back wins
would see the team move into the top half.
The match went as planned as the hosts overcame the Lions with a second consecutive 3-0 win.
There were four minutes left in the half when Charscot took the lead as Kierrison scored with a superb 30 yard free kick.
The match was over as a contest with twelve minutes left as Evgeni Malkin headed in brilliantly from six yards.
Mustapha Kuruk showed that his move back into defence hasn't blunted his appetite for goals as he scored his second in two games as a defender with a superlative chip in the 81st minute.
The win moves Charscot into fifth place as they make the most of playing back to back opponents who are struggling in the league.
The competition will become a lot harder as the team faces third and sixth in the next two matches.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "A very professional performance and exactly the level of commitment I expect from the team every week. We have got our season moving forward now and the next two weeks will show us how far we have really come.
In the WPL Super Cup the team beat local rivals Vanbrugh Royals 1-0 with a Fernando goal and one point from the remaining two matches will see the team progress to the knock out stages.
New signing Trevor Suggett signed an extension to his contract directly before agreeing to go to Southwell City on loan for the rest of the season. Joining him will be Alex Lenghel as both players look to get some games under their belts.
Also signing an extension to his contract this week was harry Arter, extending his stay by a further two seasons.
Rumours continue to surface of impending deals but it seems the offers have dried up with the one manager making an offer not following through with confirmation so it looks like the team will stay as it is.
||Without an away league win
in their 15 previous attempts the Charscot team arrived at
fellow strugglers A.F.C Binfield not in the greatest shape
in terms of confidence. However, a change to tactics,
allied to new position orders for some of the team saw the
Wolverines put in a superb performance to come away with a
The team took just four minutes to score as Mustapha Kuruk, moved back into defence this week, scored a sublime chip from 30 yards.
The match was an even one after that and there were a few scares for the visitor before two late goals put the icing on the cake.
First Andrei Kovaks sliced into his own net whilst attempting to clear a corner. With Charscot undefeated since 1998 when an opponent scores an own goal (15 wins, 7 draws) the result seemed secure at this point.
Tevrez Fernando scored a superb chip from 25 yards with a minute to go to give a much needed boost to the goal difference.
The win moved the team up five places to eighth at this early stage in the season.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy afterwards. "A great performance where everyone did their job right, from myself through to all the players as we executed the new tactics exactly as hoped to take an enormous three points. We now return home to face winless Broomhall Lions and if we can win again next week we can start to look to the top six rather than the bottom three".
The team completed a good week with a 2-0 win at home to Wascisco Red Sox in the WPL Super Cup with Fernando scoring a brace.
With the manager becoming more frustrated as time passes with his under performers he looked to the auction market this week to freshen up the squad. Having failed to get any deals recently the market seemed the only solution which can be the only explanation for overpaying and breaking the club's transfer fee record to bring in Trevor Suggett.
Suggett arrives from Acham Down of the BS and cost £ 29,952,143. This broke the previous record, spent on Garrincha, exactly 11 seasons ago to the week, by some £ 30k. However, despite being the previous record within the game Garrincha's record was broken twice this week as Real Madrid broke the £ 30million barrier today to actually take top spot all-time.
Suggett will be off on loan as his form is unsurprisingly behind the others, with Southwell City the destination for the season.
||With away wins proving
beyond Charscot the pressure on the home matches is
immense and was evident today.
The team hosted high flying Molineux Wizards and in the past the Wolverines have had the edge but today the pressure of another poor season (apparently) already meant the hosts looked jittery from the start in a game that was very evenly balanced.
Despite the nerves Tevrez Fernando gave Charscot the lead after 15 minutes with a brilliant curling shot from 25 yards on his return to the starting eleven.
The Wizards took just 12 minutes to level through Peter Reid to leave the teams level at half time.
Fernando confirmed his return in style with a second goal on 59 minutes with a simply close range goal after a mazy run from midfield.
The nerves around the ground were palpable and the team couldn't hold the lead as Santa Cruz Jr scored from close range with six minutes left.
The draw leaves Charscot in 13th place and moved the Wizards up one place into third.
In the Super Cup the team disappointingly lost 1-0 at home to The Academy Reserves to drop to second in their group after two matches.
Manager Rich Grove was already looking ahead after the match. "Always disappointing to let in late goals but in truth the Wizards deserved a point so we really have little to complain about".
"We now go to A.F.C Binfield next week desperate for at least a point but with our away form that seems unlikely. There will be further personnel changes in the hope of finding a winning formula".
||Without a win in 15 away
league matches confidence was not high as the team made
the short trip for a local derby at Beeston Athletic. The
lack of confidence was to prove appropriate as it took the
hosts a mere two minutes to score through a Florea
Dumitrache 25 yard lob.
The team played well and were deserving of a point but that hope disappeared when Dumitrache scored from close range to double his tally on 53 minutes.
The goalscorer missed a sitter late on for a hat trick, hitting the post from two yards out as the visitors continue to lament an inability to produce a win on the road.
The loss saw the team drop to 13th and already another season of inept, struggling football appears likely.
Manager Rich Grove was furious afterwards. "I am sick and tired of the pathetic losses on the road. So we deserved more. Big deal. Rather than lamenting what we should have got we should be doing all we can to actually get the wins and clearly too many of our players lack that desire to be successful."
"I am growing tired of the defeats and changes will come if no improvement is seen in both performances and results very soon".
The team did bounce back to win 3-1 at Vanbrugh Royals in the WPL Super Cup, with Fernando scoring a brace after Sindelar had opened the scoring. The win puts the team top of their group after one match.
With little good news around the commitment of Sandor Kocsis and Rinat Dasayev, both signing new contract extensions will at least give the fans some hope for the future.
||Charscot's home form has
proven crucial in their survival in recent seasons so
getting off to a good start against local rivals Vanbrugh
Royals at The Blue Silver Stadium was crucial with away
wins still deserting the team.
The team got off to a bad start, going a goal down after ten minutes but responded magnificently, taking just 45 seconds to equalise with a superb Evgeni Malkin solo goal.
The winning goal in a close match came from club top scorer for the last three seasons Jose Maria, with a superlative header on 52 minutes.
The 2-1 win saw the team move off the bottom of the table and into tenth position.
Another local derby next week as Charscot go to Beeston Athletic, where the team has taken 10 points from five previous visits. Having not won in over a season on the road in the league it is hoped that past form can be continued.
Manager Rich Grove cut a relieved figure post-match. "Safe to say I am very relieved to get our first points, and indeed win, of the season, and we need to start winning away from home to give us the long missed successful season. The change in tactics worked today, we can only hope a change in tactics is as effective next week too".
A quiet week at the club behind the scenes with the only news the surprise complaining from Henrik Larsson. A week ago he signed a contract extension yet this week he wants to leave again. Frustrating behaviour it has to be said.
||In recent seasons Charscot
have got off to a good start, which has been needed as
without those early points the team would surely have
relegated with their recent late season collapses.
The team started this season with a trip to newly promoted St Joseph's BC, a team the Wolverines have had a reasonable record against in the past.
On paper Charscot should have been able to get at least a point as the visitors are stronger in all departments. However, despite matching their opponents for effort the Charscot players were lacking in the final third and at the back the team looked all over the place as the team lost inexplicably 4-0.
Three goals came before half time with the fourth late in the match and whilst the result was very clearly harsh the continued inability of the side to get wins on the road is a grave concern. The defeat now means it is an entire season without an away league win, stretching back to week 1 of last season.
Manager Rich Grove was fuming afterwards. "I really don't know what I can say about my players. They just don't bother on the road at all and sooner or later they have to show they are a side capable of actually being anywhere near the top half. We don't lack in skills but the players lack in just about everything else. Unacceptable.".
At that he stormed out of the press conference and was last heard shouting at his players some two hours after the match was over.
The draw for the first round of the cup was made and sees the cup finalists travel to Sussex Crusaders F.C, from Division One. A very tricky match, particularly considering the team are not at home.
On a week with seemingly all bad news the silver linings came in the form of players signing extensions to their contracts. After complaining frequently Henrik Larsson surprised everyone as he signed a one year extension. Elvir Bolic, Neal Caffrey and Jermeine Keane all signed two year extensions and Matej Sindelar signed a three year extension.
The team now has to look ahead to the visit of local rivals Vanbrugh Royals next week, a team that have lost 9 of 13 visits to The Blue Silver Stadium and claimed just one win.
||The final day of the season
saw Charscot knowing relegation was a distant threat and
that the focus could be on the Cup Final.
The team lost at Thamesford United but the one goal loss to a fourth minute goal from Marc Schueremans was never going to be enough to relegate the team, who had a nine goal cushion going into the final week.
As it was the harsh loss meant little as results elsewhere meant the club stayed in 12th place.
The Cup Final was the second in the team's history and the team faced Division One Champions Carnbroe Rovers.
The match was an open match as both sides created numerous chances and Charscot did enough to win the match but were wasteful with their shooting.
The match went to extra time and looked destined to be decided by penalties when Mathieu Remick scored from close range to win the cup in spectacular style.
Manager Rich Grove was deflated afterwards. "A Cup Final should mean we have had a good season but the truth is we have been poor since week 7 and we have nothing to remember this season for as we have broken numerous records for failure along the way".
"We didn't deserve to lose in the cup but congratulation to Rovers who did the job so deserve congratulations".
"We now need to look to next season and hope we can find a level of consistency and start to challenge at the right end of the table. More mediocrity is simply not acceptable".
The end of the season is a time for reflection and this season is not one that will be looked upon kindly in the league. A number of records were tied or beaten this season, and not one of them was a good one -
Ten games without a league win from weeks 20 to 29 ties the club record.
15 defeats in a season is the most in the club's history
14 games without an away win is a club record from week 3 to date
6 consecutive defeats from weeks 22 to 27 is the most ever.
6 consecutive away defeats from weeks 18 to date breaks the club record
1 away win is the lowest number of away wins in a season
9 away defeats ties the club record.
Despite the glut of poor records the fans still decided to have one player enter the Hall of Fame. Goalkeeper Jess Hall made the number one shirt his own this season and expects to retain it for a season or two at least.
The fans also voted for their Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
Taking the junior award is keeper Rinat Dasayev. He has progressed well and proven almost unbeatable for most of the season and proving instrumental in the youth team winning the Youth league. He at one point kept 18 consecutive clean sheets and has 27 for the season, an astounding record.
Jose Maria created good history as he became the first player to win the senior award three times and in fact has won it for the third consecutive season. Since arriving from Real Madrid he has proven himself invaluable and was rewarded with the captaincy earlier this season, and seems destined to remain captain for the next decade.
One trophy the club did manage to win this season was Youth Champions. This is the club's 12th title, and by far them most of any WPL team.
||It was a relegation decider
to all intents and purposes today at The Blue Silver
Stadium as 13th placed Charscot hosted 14th placed Shaolin
The hosts were above their rivals on goal difference and needed a win to pull away with a week to go.
The match was all over as a contest inside the opening twenty minutes as David Waterhouses picked the perfect time to get his first goal of the season scoring from close range after 13 minutes.
Wolfgang Muller doubled the lead four minutes later with another close range goal to secure a crucial three points.
The win improved Charscot's record against Shaolin to just one loss in 24 meetings and put Charscot 3 points clear and nine goals clear with one match left.
Shaolin will need to beat Long Eaton Archers next week (likely) and Charscot would need to lose heavily at Thamesford (also likely) and Southwell would have to beat Molineux Wizards (possible but less likely) for Charscot to relegate.
Consequently the teams's focus will be on their SLFA Cup Final against Carnbroe Rovers.
Manager Rich Grove was far more relaxed afterwards. "This is the best I have felt about our chances in two months. We have to be careful not to get over confident and need to do a professional job at Thamesford United next week but we should be safe".
"We will be putting our main focus on our cup final against Carnbroe Rovers next week as we look to stay unbeaten in Cup Finals, admittedly based on one win in the past".
With the season ending next week a few more youths left the club this week, along with keeper Pete Robinson. For a change there are no impending transfers into the club to come as the manager looks to build the squad from within and with deals proving far more elusive as the quality on offer has not been up to standard.
||The biggest week of the
season so far proved to be one of mixed blessings with cup
progression but more struggles in the league.
In the league Charscot went to Long Eaton Archers and despite an even contest lost to a first half Arie Luyendyk goal.
The loss sent the Wolverines into 13th place and they are only ahead of next week's visitors to The Blue Silver Stadium, Shaolin F.C, by a goal difference of +5.
The team returned home to play their semi-final against Real Madrid, the team that beat them 4-0 just two weeks ago. The manager made changes tactically hoping to avenge that loss and progress to only the club's second SLFA Cup Final having lost three of four previous semi-finals.
The fans were treated to a thriller.
In the first six minutes Charscot were two up through close range goals from Kierrison and Jose Maria. When Kierrison scored his second with a 25 yard chip after just 19 minutes the match looked over.
However, Charscot old-boy Liam Feeney had other ideas as he scored two superb solo goals, on 30 and 46 minutes, to reduce the arrears to one goal.
The hosts got a lucky break with a soft penalty award on 54 minutes for the team's first penalty in 49 weeks and Garrincha coolly slotted home to make the score 4-2.
With time running out Feeney completed his hat-trick with another solo goal but Charscot held on to progress to the final.
Manager Rich Grove had mixed feelings afterwards. "It is great to go to our second Cup Final, and hopefully we can win the cup again, but the threat of relegation is hanging over us all and today's result at Long Eaton puts us in a precarious position. Even if we beat Shaolin next week, which on current form is unlikely, we then have to face form side Thamesford United on the final week knowing anything less than 3 points could still conceivably see us relegated".
With the end of the season rapidly approaching a number of youth players were sold this week and keeper Pete Robinson is expected to leave next week for a fresh challenge at Wascisco Red Sox.
||Hosting relegated Chelsea
Blues should have been the game that finally got the team
a much needed three points. However, although the run of
league losses was brought to an end the team couldn't find
a goal and had to settle for a goalless draw despite
dominating from start to finish.
The draw dropped the team to 12th and still one point above the bottom three with just three games left.
The team now has two weeks to save their season against Long Eaton Archers and then 13th placed Shaolin FC before an expected last game of the season loss to Thamesford United.
Manager Rich Grove cut a frustrated figure post match. "Disappointing. We controlled the match and prevented any threat from the visitors but in truth we really should be beating a side that is clearly in the rebuilding stages. If does feel like we cannot avoid relegation and considering our position at halfway that will be a truly disastrous second half of the season, even with the cup run".
The cup run moves to the semi-final stage next week with Charscot hosting Real Madrid, who are fresh off a 4-0 hammering of Wanderers just last week.
The manager is moving to find new homes for the better youth players with Meeson, Kelvey and Horton all found new clubs this week.
||Traveling to Real Madrid
was once an enjoyable part of the season but with the team
falling apart the fans were dreading this match, and with
good reason as the Wolverines fought hard but conspired to
lose 4-0 in a closer match than the scoreline suggests.
Real were far more effective in front of goal turning their game play into four goals, two in each half, to leave Charscot deep in trouble.
The loss sees Charscot still in 11th place but now just one point above the relegation places.
Manager Rich Grove was clearly agitated afterwards. "That was simply unacceptable. What an absolute shower of sh**e we are these days. How those players can take a wage is beyond me. We should be fighting to be top three, instead we are going out of our way to end up in the bottom three".
"I am getting to the point where I will just walk away from this lot as changing personnel or tactics achieves nothing as we still manage to under perform regardless".
"We now have three games to save ourselves as our final match of the season is a guaranteed loss. If we cannot beat relegated Chelsea Blues at our place next week we will have proven we are simply not worthy of staying up against a side that is still in the early stages of re-building".
In a move that sums up the frustration with the young squad the manager moved to bring in veteran midfielder Mustapha Kuruk from Wascisco Red Sox. Goalkeeper Pete Robinson will be making the reverse journey in the next two to three weeks.
Despite the side's struggles Emiliano Delossantos still wants to stay at the club, signing a two year contract extension this week.
Barnstoneworth United has been a recipe for disaster for
some seasons now with the hosts dominating but coming up
short and this week was on different.
Despite controlling the match Charscot lost to a 71st minute strike from substitute David Lockwood that leaves United on the verge of another title whilst Charscot look likely to relegate for a third time in their history.
Manager Rich Grove was despairing post match - "The nature of this loss is no surprise clearly and our recent run of defeats in the league has been nothing short of atrocious. We now have four games to save ourselves as we are unlikely to get anything against Thamesford on week 31 and after Real next week we face three sides, two below, one above, who are still in the relegation fight. So it is all to play for but time is running out and form is looking dodgy to say the least".
To compound the team's issues they have lost defender Harry Arter for the rest of the season to a broken thumb injury.
Jairzinho did provide some good news, signing a two year contract extension, ensuring the recent addition to the squad hopefully won't be going anywhere.
Also, in news related to additions to the squad, a deal appears to have been struck seeing veteran midfielder Mustapha Kuruk join from Wascisco Red Sox with keeper Pete Robinson going in the other direction. There is a chance the deal won't happen if better offers com in this week but otherwise Kuruk will be with the team next Monday with Robinson leaving shortly after.
Arriving in the squad after a wait of over a season is Emiliano Delossantos. It is hoped Emiliano will sign a contract extension within the next week confirming his future at the club whilst his control is perfected.
||A trip to Spondon Dynamos
has always been a pleasure for Charscot as wins have come
easily there, and normally by a few goals. However, with
Spondon all but guaranteed a top 3 position and Charscot
in free fall this was the worst time to be meeting a
potential rival in the cup final if both teams win their
Charscot started in fine style as Evgeni Malkin hit a superb chip from distance with just four minutes gone.
The lead was soon doubled as Tommi Tonto volleyed past his own keeper after 24 minutes for the 4th own goal in the last 3 meetings at the Cellanese Stadium scored by a Spondon player.
It took seven minutes for Mardy Fiske to halve the deficit from close range.
The match turned on it's head with two goals in three minutes as Markus Costello scored a quick fire double.
Despite being the equals of the hosts the visitors couldn't find an equaliser and slumped to their fourth consecutive league defeat.
The loss leaves Charscot just five points above 14th place and with the current and future Champions Barnstoneworth United next week that gap is likely to shorten.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "Simply not acceptable. We have to start winning matches as another relegation considering the personnel at the club would be an utter embarrassment and I am getting to the stage where I may as well walk away as clearly nothing works".
The draw for the semi-final sees Charscot face Real Madrid. Whilst losing to them will no doubt be embarrassing it is probably the best draw available to miss out on either form side in Spondon or Carnbroe Rovers.
One bright spot was confirmation late on Monday that midfielder Emiliano Delossantos has completed his long awaited transfer from Chaddesden Celtic of the Opal League.
||A big week for Charscot as
the team faced high flying Molineux Wizards in the cup and
relegation threatened Southwell City in the league.
The manager had made it clear that the focus was the cup and only time will tell if that was a mistake or not.
With the team looking ahead to the cup tie the trip to Southwell City unsurprisingly had a poor showing from the players, who looked lost for long periods and lost deservedly 1-0.
The loss dropped Charscot to 11th place and only seven points ahead of 14th placed City with Charscot facing hard games against Spondon, Barnstoneworth and Real Madrid in the next 3 league games.
The players were thankfully fired up for their clash with second placed Molineux Wizards though as the team battled hard in an evenly fought clash. Wizards had lost the only previous cup meeting between the two sides 1-0, and also had lost and drawn with Charscot in the league this season. The cup result was to be duplicated as Charscot grabbed a superb 1-0 win in front of the tv millions who tuned in for the live match, along with a superb attendance just short of 47,000.
Manager Rich Grove was wary post match. "Hard to know how to feel at this point as we have put ourselves in a position where we can easily be relegated if we can't turn around our poor form in the coming weeks. A cup semi-final is great but we have lost four of our previous five and the only saving grace is when we did make the final we won".
"We have an enormous match at Spondon Dynamos next week. Our record there is superlative but they are playing well and we aren't so that history counts for nothing".
||With the season lurching
from one disaster to another this week's result is
probably not the shock it should be as the team continues
to struggle at both ends of the field.
Balham Town came to The Blue Silver Stadium looking for the win that would see them leapfrog Charscot in the table.
Town made a poor start as Roman Madrescu sliced a clearance into his own net after twelve minutes.
In an even battle the hosts left the field happy with their lot, leading 1-0.
However, a nightmare second half show saw Charscot concede four as they gifted goal after goal and saw themselves drop down the table.
The team left the field to boos echoing through the ground and despite not playing badly the team deserved what they heard.
The loss drops the team to tenth place, a season low and just eight points above the relegation places. With a trip to 15th placed Southwell City, along with a cup tie with Molineux Wizards next week is shaping up to be the biggest week of the season so far.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "That performance is unacceptable. We cannot be getting thumped in games where we match our opponents in all other aspects. Much more of this and our future will be in division one."
In a dismal week the only bright spot was new arrival Jairzinho signing a one year contract extension.
||A trip to Broomhall Lions
has proven fruitless over the seasons and this week was no
different with Charscot putting in their worst performance
in many seasons.
The 0-1 reverse was not even close to a fair reflection of a game that the hosts controlled throughout and how they only had a first half Zeto goal to show for their efforts is beyond the understanding of all those who witnessed the match.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "Pitiful. Not one shot on target in ninety minutes against any side is not acceptable, never mind one below us in the table. All credit to Broomhall who thoroughly deserved the win. We as a club have to do better and some experimenting will be going on as we look for a more consistent approach and with the exception of the cup we will be trying out new things the rest of the season, hoping we can stay away from a relegation battle".
The one bright spot of the week was the arrival of Jairzinho from St Agnes of the NSA and the four players joining St Agnes are expected to officially exit the club this coming Wednesday.
||A home game with high
flying A.F.C Binfield was always going to be a tough
prospect so the point the Wolverines took from the game
has to be considered a good result even though they
dominated for long periods and probably should have won.
It all looked rosy after 17 minutes when Kierrison scored from close range but goals either side of half time found the hosts trailing a game they had no right to be losing.
Harry Arter popped up with an equaliser against his old manager to claim a deserved point.
The draw saw the team drop to 8th place.
Manager Rich Grove had mixed emotions post match. "Before the match I would have taken a draw happily but it feels more like a loss considering how much of the game we controlled. On another day we would have won convincingly but it wasn't meant to be and hopefully this is a step towards safety allowing us to focus on the cup".
The draw for the cup sees the team host fellow top flight side Molineux Wizards, who Charscot have taken four points from and will be hoping to progress to the semi-finals.
After looking for a long time for a deal the manager finally found a suitable one this week which sees no less than four players leave the club.
Three of the four come from a strong youth team that may well struggle to win the youth league now. Iker Muniain, Turio Maravilha and Ezequiel Lavezzi join first team legend Luka Modric in leaving to join NSA side St Agnes.
Arriving in their place is a teenage foreign player who is close to the finished article and it is hoped will only take a season or so to get there.
||With two matches on the
road this week all focus was on the local derby in the cup
at Wascisco Red Sox. The teams had met a decade earlier in
the second round with the visitors winning 1-0 and this
time the result was far more clear cut.
Charscot took the hosts apart and the game was over as a contest inside the first twenty minutes. Elvir Bolic hit a magnificent 30 yarder six minutes in and 13 minutes later Kierrison's exquisite lob from a similar distance killed the match.
Charscot should have scored far more but had to settle for a tap in from captain Jose Maria with nine minutes left.
The team travelled to second placed Molineux Wizards and having put all their efforts into the cup tie produced a superb performance, dominating the hosts. The team couldn't find the net though and had to settle for a point and a third consecutive clean sheet since Jess Hall's return to the starting eleven.
Manager Rich Grove was a relieved man post match. "We knew the cup match was a potential banana skin so to produce such a good result is very satisfying. We need to reproduce that level in future rounds of the cup and also in the league and with luck we can still get something out of what has been a poor season to date".
The draw moved the team up to 7th but well adrift of the top six and three wins above the relegation spots so a lot of work still to be done in the remaining 11 weeks of the season.
||Charscot hosted local
rivals Beeston Athletic knowing that three points were
crucial after a poor month which has seen the team go from
top 3 challengers to nervously looking at the relegation
Athletic had lost all four visits to The Blue Silver Stadium and only scored one goal, and that was in their first visit.
As it was history was a good indicator as Charscot took an enormous three points thanks to a fifth minute goal from Jose Maria, his first since becoming captain and his division leading 11th of the season.
The win moved the team up just one place to eighth but crucially the gap to the bottom three is now eight points.
Manager Rich Grove was a happy man post match but was already looking at next week's derby match in the cup. "Very satisfying win today and we could really use playing Beeston every week considering our excellent record against them. However, we now have to focus on next week and specifically our cup tie at Wascisco Red Sox".
"My disdain in previous seasons for the cup has been clear but with our league status hopefully secured to a great extent we can look exclusively at the game against the Sox and take the hit of a loss to Molineux Wizards".
||Charscot travelled the
short distance to Vanbrugh Royals' Castle Park ground
desperate for a win to stay in the top half of the table.
Desperation rarely leads to good results though and once again the team came up short throwing away another lead and leaving with a third consecutive 2-1 loss in the league.
All looked good for the Wolverines when Wolfgang Muller scored from close range on 23 minutes. Wolfgang has scored on his last 3 visits to Castle Park, and is indeed the only Charscot player to have scored in those three matches.
The lead was short lived as Elliot Ward scored a superb solo goal after 36 minutes to level the score.
The visitors were far from their bets but looked like they may hold on to a precious point before a howler from Pete Robinson with seven minutes left. Receiving the ball from a back pass Robinson failed to control it properly before tripping over the ball allowing a stunned Nikolai Caucescu the easiest scoring chance he will ever get and from which he duly obliged.
The loss dropped the team a place to a season low ninth position and slightly closer to a full blown relegation battle.
Manager Rich Grove cut a frustrated figure post match "That sort of performance simply will not do. The team as a whole never got into any sort of groove and looked disjointed throughout."
When asked about Robinson's error the manager was scathing. "This is far from the first time Robinson has cost us points and it is no secret that he will be allowed to leave at the end of the season with Jess Hall taking over the number 1 shirt. However, after this latest error I will be putting Jess into the line up next week despite his supposed lesser form as we need to find a way of keeping some clean sheets and this defence has clearly lost all faith in Robinson".
Some good news came with both of last week's new signings agreeing to two year contract extensions at the club as both Luka Modric and Alex Lenghel signed new deals. Luka is expected to go out on loan next week for the remainder of the season whilst Alex receives training to sharpen his speed.
The draw for the third round of the cup sees the team make the short trip to Division One side Wascisco Red Sox. Hard to see who will win this match with both managers less than impressive this season.
||With two home matches this
week was a crucial week in the season as the team looked
to try and rebuild some confidence and secure the points
needed to avoid a relegation fight whilst progressing in
The team produced two dominating performances that resulted in very different outcomes.
With the focus for once on the cup the team took it;s eye off the ball against bottom side Broomhall 1979, who recorded only their second win all season despite Charscot dominating throughout. Kierrison's late consolation goal was scant reward for a quality performance until reaching the final third where the shooting boots failed.
The loss drops the team to 8th and with two local derbies in the next fortnight a relegation battle is a distinct possibility if at least 4 points aren't obtained from the derbies.
The cup tie at home to high flying St Josephs BC, sitting third in division 1, looked hard on paper but it appears there may be a touch of luck in that position based on today's breakdown. The match went to a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw with Garrincha scoring a brace.
However, the hosts tore BC apart, generating 31 shots on goal and 14 corners to BC's 1 and to say a draw was a travesty would be an understatement. However, justice prevailed as Charscot won the shootout 4-3 to progress to round three.
A busy week as the manager made moves to freshen up the squad with more than a passing glance to next season and beyond.
A three for two deal was arranged with Real Madrid with Charscot letting three players leave. First out was club captain Luciano Zauti, whose superb club career has been close to ending a couple of times in recent seasons. Joining him in making the move north is fellow defender Liam Feeney and trainee midfielder Madas Milijas.
Arriving in exchange is one familiar face and one new face. Luka Modric played over 100 games for the club before leaving and now finds himself back at the club whilst Alex Lenghel is a replica of Madas Milijas, but four years younger and it is hoped that training will produce the finished article within a season or so.
With the captain leaving the manager has given the captain's armband to striker Jose Maria, whose inspiring leadership from the front has earned him the accolade.
Goalkeeper Jess Hall was confirmed as next season's first choice keeper this week and was happy to sign a contract extension. There is no doubt Pete Robinson will leave the club once this season is over.
||At home to Thamesford
United has not proven a particularly favourable fixture in
recent seasons and despite United's poor season by their
standards so far the hosts were not confident pre-match.
Those fears were to prove correct as despite being United's equals on the pitch Charscot suffered another hard luck loss that effectively kills their league season off at the halfway point.
Despite starting brightly with a brilliant volley from Kierrison on 36 minutes things quickly went wrong as just three minutes later Amin Asikainen equalised.
Artur Sobiech's second half winner was no surprise to the now despondent Charscot fans, players and manager and left the team still in sixth place but miles off of the top clubs.
Manager Rich Grove had little enthusiasm afterwards. "Another decent performance with nothing to show for it. A draw would have been a fairer result but even a draw wouldn't have been enough to keep our league season alive. We now need to try and get the 3 or 4 wins we need as quickly as possible to ensure we don't plummet towards the bottom three".
"With only one win in 7 games even that is looking a challenge right now and all we are left with is deluding ourselves into thinking we can go for the cup...a dream that will no doubt end in 7 days".
Whilst it is understood the manager is looking for ways to improve the side deals are proving elusive as there is little quality available and too many managers seem to be looking for the earth for players simply not at a standard that justifies those expectations.
||A trip to Shaolin F.C has
never been a daunting one, with the Wolverines yet to
taste defeat at Shaolin Temple in ten previous visits so
confidence was high going into today's meeting.
The hosts were out to show they can stay up this season and the 14th placed side took the lead on 26 minutes after the referee awarded a highly contentious penalty for handball, which Armand van Helden dispatched with confidence.
The visitors had the better of the match but both sides created a number of chances and it looked like Charscot may taste defeat until Garrincha hit a brilliant 25 yarder with five minutes left.
The draw keeps the team in 6th placed and with an enormous match at home to 8th placed Thamesford United next week.
The Manager was satisfied afterwards. "On another day we could easily have lost trailing for so long whilst with luck we could have scored three or four so all things considered we cannot complain too much at drawing".
"We need to try and get some momentum going and have an unbeaten run established as we have just been far too inconsistent this season. Next week's meeting with Thamesford will be a good indicator of where we stand as a point would be a great result".
The club moved to keep Madas Milijas under contract, as he signed a one year extension this week. Whilst still not at the standard hoped for his skills are close enough that he should be challenging for the first team before his contract is up.
||The past few weeks have
seen Charscot's season crumble around them so the visit of
Long Eaton Archers on paper was just what everyone at the
club needed - a team that Charscot beat with ease
Manager Rich Grove had promised tactical and personnel changes and the team certainly responded after last week's public criticism as they recorded a 4-0 rout of the visitors that never looked in any doubt.
Harry Arter got his first goal for the club on 14 minutes with a superb diving header from twenty yards.
Despite controlling the match the home team couldn't add to the lead until the second half when two goals in three minutes put the result beyond any doubt.
Jose Maria's scored his tenth of the season on 49 minutes with a brilliant curling shot from distance before Evgeni Malkin tapped home from close range.
Substitute Tevrez Fernando headed home from close range with six minutes left to complete the scoring.
The win keeps the team in sixth place.
The manager was delighted with the performance afterwards. "That was far more like the sort of performance I expect from the team and I just hope today wasn't a one off and we can replicate this with frequency in the future. The players really responded to the change in tactics and we now face a big two games as we approach half way with games at struggling Shaolin F.C and then a home game against Thamesford United, directly below us in the league".
There is still some dissent within the squad, with Henrik Larsson still asking to leave. Whilst the manager has considered letting him go in the last week the offers haven't quite been tempting enough for him to pull the trigger and let the player go. Whether any offers come in to change that position has yet to be seen.
||Charscot travelled to
struggling Chelsea Blues knowing nothing less than a win
would be good enough as their season continues to spiral
out of control.
The match was to prove another crushing disappointment as the team were their own worst enemies leaving the manager an angry, frustrated figure post match.
All looked good when Jose Maria scored his division leading ninth goal of the season on 14 minutes.
However, the team was to throw it all away after captain Luciano Zauti saw red early in the second half.
From there the team fell apart conceding within minutes of the card before a late goal secured the home win.
The result dropped the team to sixth place and any semblance of a title charge (slim as that may have been) are well and truly gone now.
Manager Rich Grove was clearly very agitated afterwards. "The last few weeks have been pathetic. We have done all we can to throw away leads, lose to teams we shouldn't and generally play like a bunch of strangers. There comes a point when changing personnel will only do so much and eventually I have to decide if I am prepared to put myself through this garbage week in week out".
"For now I have made a number of players officially available, although in truth most of them could go if the right offer was received as very few of them have done anything to justify their continued stay with the club".