||Charscot hosted Balham Town
knowing that games are running out and a winning run is
needed if the team wants to make inroads at the top.
Balham have had a patchy season, not up to their usual standards, but they had drawn on their last two visits to The Blue Silver Stadium, and after a battling performance they again secured a 1-1 draw.
The hosts edged the game but not by much as they struggled to produce a quality performance and despite Kierrison's header on 24 minutes an equaliser just before half time meant the points were shared.
The team gained ground on the leaders who lost and now sit in third, three points behind the top two with eight games left.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "Not a lot of good to come out of the game as we looked a little flat. Just have to hope we can exploit Carnbroe Rovers' struggles next week and grab a crucial three points".
The bright spark to the week was the completion of Sandor Kocsis' training after a couple of seasons of hard work.
||Charscot travelled to local
rivals Rivendell knowing that despite the hosts' struggles
this season this match would be far from easy. he
Wolverines have a poor record against Rivendell, bad
enough that the manager re-considered his tactics at the
last minute, making changes that proved decisive.
An even match, it took a bizarre own goal from Matej Krajcik on 40 minutes to give Charscot the lead. The defender appeared to be trying to pass the ball to his keeper but only succeeded in lobbing him from 30 yards.
Charscot doubled the lead with a Jairzinho tap in on 68 minutes and all looked secure.
However, the hosts immediately hit back through Burgermeister to leave the team suffering a nervous last twenty minutes before securing a crucial three points.
The win leaves the team in third place as the top three all won.
Manager Rich Grove was cautious afterwards. "A hard fought win, and one we are delighted to get, we now have to take this mini run forward and turn it into a large winning run if we want to challenge for top spot. We face a number of struggling sides and we have to take advantage of this, starting with a home game against Balham Town next Monday".
With plans coming together a quick turnaround is happening on the transfer front as Charscot send new arrival Jose Luis Sierra
to Dep El Celtico to complete a long term deal that was partially completed.
||Charscot faced visiting
A.F.C Binfield knowing a loss would drop the team towards
mid-table and end any hopes of a successful season.
Binfield for their part had recovered well from a poor
start and a win would see them within touching distance of
the top 3.
A brace of goals in the first half was the difference as Charscot remained unbeaten at home, recording a 2-1 win.
Kierrison's close range flick on 19 minutes was followed by Jose Maria's tap in nine minutes later.
Binfield were always in the game and left home fans nervous when Zagorakis scored with four minutes left but the hosts held on.
The win moved the team back into third place, four points adrift of the leaders and facing a trip to relegation threatened jinx side Rivendell.
Manager Rich Grove looked relieved post match. "A very hard match and we really had to dig in to get the three points. On another day we wouldn't have been so lucky and we need to build on this match".
"We now have a tricky match at Rivendell, a team we have always done badly at and despite their precarious position this is no guaranteed three points".
With a number of deals to complete over the next two months the wheels went into motion with the first piece completing after the results came in as Jose Luis Siera arrived from Chaddesden Celtic of the Opal. Siera will be sent across to Dep El Celtico straight away as part completion on a bigger deal.
||Charscot travelled to
leaders Salford City F.C on the back of a nine match
unbeaten run against City so hopes were high of
gaining a much needed result in their chase of a title
The reality this season though has been a lack of goals and poor away results undermining the hopes of the club and this was prove the case again as the team went down to a 1-0 loss.
The team dropped to fifth place and are now four points adrift of Salford and face a hard match against sixth placed A.F.C Binfield next week.
Manager Rich Grove was deeply disappointed afterwards. "The performance levels are simply not good enough. We have dropped far too many points this season and what could have been a successful defence has instead been a litany of poor results and a general failure to make any sort of concerted defence".
"We now return home to face the team directly behind us, A.F.C Binfield, who we have beaten the last five times we have faced them, knowing anything less than extending that run to 6 wins will end our hopes".
In brighter news off the pitch Per Reidar Aarbakk and Valentino Van Drunen both signed contract extensions of two and four years respectively. Whilst changes are expected at the club clearly these two will be going nowhere.
||Charscot hosted bottom side
Goodhead F.C simply having to win to keep the pressure on
at the top.
However, once again the team found their shooting boots lacking as they ended up claiming a 1-1 draw that prevented the team going top of the league as other results favoured the Wolverines.
Jose Maria scored from close range four minutes into the second half but with twenty left on the clock Luke Ranger grabbed a deserved equaliser.
The draw leaves the team one point off of top spot as next week's opponents Salford City F.C leapfrogged the top two to go top.
Manager Rich Grove was disappointed after the match. "The story of our season, too many points dropped due to profligate shooting. Last season we were prolific in the final third, this season we can't seem to find the scoring knack at all".
"We now go to the leaders next week looking to extend our nine game unbeaten run against them and preferably go above them".
The manager already has half an eye on the future and as part of that Milan Preczoli was offered and signed a two year extension to his contract today.
||Charscot visited local
rivals Wascisco Red Sox knowing a win was crucial as the
team looks to defend it's league title.
The match was over in a blitz of goals as the Wolverines found themselves 3 up inside 16 minutes.
Matej Sindelar swerved home a fantastic free kick from 25 yards after just three minutes.
Within sixty seconds Jairzinho had broken through to double the lead with David Waterhouses close range header making it three nil just past the quarter hour mark.
The hosts got a consolation goal from Robert Lachowicz on 56 minutes but Charscot played out the match to secure an enormous three points.
The win moved the side into second spot and just one goal off of top spot and facing a crucial three weeks with bottom side next week followed by the leaders and fourth placed sides. Wins for the next three games would be a potentially season changing set of results.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "A pleasing win in a tricky fixture. We have to win again next week and then take at least four points from the two games after that against two of the main title threats. By Christmas our defence could easily be over or looking very good, time will tell which".
Off the pitch Alex Lenghel completed his departure, selling for a club record received fee of £ 30,000,192 as Astral of the Robin Hood league looked to bolster their squad.
||Charscot suffered a poor
week as the team failed to overcome either opponent,
losing crucial points and exiting the cup.
Focus was on the home match against leaders St Joseph's BC. A home win and the Wolverines would leapfrog the visitors and the team certainly played well enough to win 3 games, never mind one.
However, BC went ahead just after half time against the run of play and it took a Valentino Van Drunen drive from ten yards with twelve minutes left to ensure a share of the points that keeps the team fourth and three points behind the leaders.
The cup match at Whitebrook Rangers of Division One was a far closer contest as Charscot took the lead on 76 minutes through David Waterhouses header but two minutes later the hosts equalised and the game was heading towards a penalty shoot out.
The penalties were sub-standard from the visitors as the team scored just two to Rangers' four.
Manager Rich Grove was frustrated afterwards. "The failure to score goals has been a problem all season, and so it continues as we should have scored four against BC today. We now face Wascisco and Goodhead and we simply have to win both games before facing fellow challengers Salford and Binfield".
The main focus off the pitch has been on the auction market as Alex Lenghel enters his final 3 days at just past £21 million.
||Charscot hosted local
rivals Dep El Celtico knowing a win was crucial as the
halfway point in the season was reached.
The match was a cagey affair, with the Wolverines just edging the game and they had to rely on Jose Maria to score the goals that secured an enormous 2-1 win.
Maria gave the hosts the lead with a brilliant diving header ten minutes before half time which was cancelled out by Chidi's lob nine minutes later.
The match was won when Maria kneed in from close range on 61 minutes.
With the leaders due to visit next week and losing today, the gap to the top is just three points although Charscot stay fourth. A win next week will move the team above the leaders on goal difference, a dramatic turn around on a few weeks ago when the team trailed by 7 points.
Manager Rich Grove was relived but wary post match. "A satisfying win this week but we have to keep winning as this result will mean little if we fail to win in upcoming matches. St Joseph's will be a very hard match next week and a win will put us in a position to challenge at the top, anything less and the gap could become an issue very quickly".
A quiet week behind the scenes as there was no further bidding on Lenghel on the auction market, and he will sell in 10 days.
||Charscot travelled to
Shaolin F.C looking to avenge their only loss at Shaolin
Temple last season in 13 previous visits. With the hosts
just behind the Wolverines in the league and Charscot
drawing far too often today's result came as a surprise to
few as the teams played out a 1-1 draw.
The hosts took the lead on 35 minutes with a Hafiz header and Kierrison scored from close range with the last kick of the half.
Charscot controlled the second half but couldn't find a winner.
The result saw Charscot drop to fourth although they gained a point on the leaders St Josephs BC who now lead by six points.
Manager Rich Grove was disappointed afterwards. "We need to be winning games if we want to make any sort of challenge and I am fed up of sounding like a broken record. We have 3 matches now, two local derbies and the league leaders, and we simply have t win all three games. Nothing less will do."
Chris Kunitz confirmed his happiness at the club, signing a two year extension this week. Kunitz, still being trained, looks a fine prospect and it is hoped he can be challenging for a place by the end of next season.
Meanwhile interest in listed midfielder Alex Lenghel has been high with a bid of £15million after one week. It is hoped he will go north of £20million considering other recent sales on the market.
||Charscot hosted second
placed The Academy knowing that another week without a win
would leave them so far adrift as to make the rest of the
As it was The Wolverines put in the best performance of the season to win deservedly 2-0 and move themselves back into the top three, behind their opponents only on goal difference and still seven points adrift of top spot.
The match was over in ten first half minutes as a brilliant Harry Arter header on 14 minutes was followed by a simple tap in from Valentino Van Drunen.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "After such a poor performance last week changes had to be made and some were made and some were reversed but thankfully all worked out. Moving Waterhouses into attack created space for Van Drunen to get back to scoring and after initially dropping Hall I changed my mind and he justified that decision with an important clean sheet".
"We now travel to Shaolin F.C, a team we have only lost once to at their place in 13 trips looking to avenge last season's first ever loss".
"We need to go on a decent winning run to try and establish ourselves in the title race and close the gap on the leaders".
It was a bust week as the manager pulled the trigger on a number of deals after last week's dire showing.
Keeper Neves left early for Revelstone of the RH, with two foreign finds leaving for Avlon and Atletico of the WPL in cash deals.
Also leaving to join Askham Bryan United of the Opal was a third foreign player along with senior pro Alex Diego.
To complete the moves Alex Lenghel was placed on the auction market after a lot of murmurs surrounding his future in recent months.
||Charscot travelled to local
rivals Ziaste Nequeno with serious questions being asked
about their ability to defend their league title, and
today's match raised more questions.
The team hadn't lost since week one and only one team, Wascisco Red Sox, had stopped Charscot scoring, but Ziaste managed both with a 1-0 win that leaves The Wolverines in fifth place and contemplating where to go to from here.
Manager Rich Grove was clearly angry after the match. "Wholely unacceptable from us today. This team seems incapable of keeping a clean sheet and has completely forgotten how to score goals, a trait that had been our strength in the past. A number of changes will be happening in the next few weeks as this squad has become too complacent and losing to teams with managers as bad as today's victors is simply not going to be accepted. Ziaste's manager is as bad as they come and yet he won without too much effort".
In the first moves the manager is selling keeper Gylmar Dos Santos Neves to Revelstone ahead of schedule. He had been due to leave towards the end of the season but the manager has decided to start the transfers early.
Also leaving will be Alex Lenghel, who will be on the auction market next Monday.
||Charscot hosted Long Eaton
Archers desperately looking to get back to winning ways.
The Archers had lost their last 8 visits to The Blue
Silver Stadium so hopes were high for a much needed win.
The reality turned out to be quite different as the team played out their fifth 1-1 draw in 6 matches.
The performance from the hosts was a poor one as Long Eaton took a deserved lead after 13 minutes through Raini Creale and that looked like being enough.
However, Charscot got out of jail with an equaliser from Captain Jose Maria on 68 minutes with Charscot's only shot on target.
The draw leaves the team in fourth place and now seven points adrift.
Manager Rich Grove cut a frustrated figure post match. "That was completely unacceptable. A performance like that is something none of us want to see and if that happens again there will be major changes. We were lucky to get a point when we should be winning games at home to the Archers with all due respect".
"With injuries taking their toll a few changes may well happen as this undefeated run has far too few wins in it and if the current players cannot win games then they will be replaced".
One piece of news was the agreement to transfer away Casey Jones towards the end of the season. For now he will continue to be trained at the club before setting off for pastures new in a few months. Arriving towards the end of next season will be Mahmoud El-Khatib, a player the management hope will have a long future at the club.
||Charscot travelled to
struggling Rhyl F.C unbeaten for over two months and
guilty of drawing too many matches.
Despite being second in the league the season still looks like falling away without am improvement in finishing by the players and so it proved again today.
Charscot thumped Rhyl in every respect except the one that counts, goals. Despite pummeling the hosts a breakaway resulted in a penalty for Rhyl, coolly placed into the net by McMack on 26 minutes.
Kierrison scored a simple goal on the stroke of half time to level but despite incessant pressure from Charscot a winner could not be found and the team took an unsatisfactory point.
The draw did close the gap on the leaders, who lost, to five points but the team dropped to fourth on goal difference.
Manager Rich Grove was angry afterwards. "These players seem to think they can go through the motions and it will all just work, but that isn't the case. Our finishing has been poor all season and changes up front are inevitable if we cannot turn this around, and quickly".
The team now returns home to face Long Eaton Archers, who have lost their last 8 visits to The Blue Silver Stadium and only have two points from their last 11 games. A win for Charscot is a must.
The draw for the second round of the cup sees the team travel to Division One side Whitebrook Rangers, ho will be hoping for some cup glory.
In transfer news after a long patient wait whilst he was trained, Chris Kunitz arrived from Kilburn United today. It is hoped he will finish his training by the end of next season.
||Charscot hosted bottom of
the league side A.F.C Parkside in the first round of the
cup knowing a win was all but guaranteed but received a
big scare before progressing to the next round.
The Wolverines dominated from the start with their opponents having one shot and 30% of play but the team couldn't get the crucial breakthrough despite 20 attempts on goal.
A nervous extra time still saw no goals and the game came down to a penalty shoot out.
In the shoot out keeper Jess Hall proved the hero, saving all four penalties the visitors took, with Arter, Waterhouses and Malkin scoring to give Charscot a 3-0 win.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "Of course with all that possession we would hope to win without a penalty shoot out but a combination of new tactics and giving some back ups a game always meant this game could prove frustrating. Some players gained valuable experience and we still progressed so a good day in truth".
"We now travel to face Rhyl F.C and we need to try and replicate last season's 3-1` win to try and close the gap on the leaders.
||Charscot hosted Spondon
Dynamos looking to get back to winning ways after a run of
draws knowing a win would also ensure Spondon being the
first side Charscot have beaten 20 times in the league.
With Spondon pointless on the road and Charscot unbeaten at home the hosts had the edge and this was reflected in a final score of 2-1.
It started well for Spondon with ex-Charscot player Kincaid J. Stamper heading home on 13v minutes.
Jose Maria brought the teams back to level terms on 34 minutes with a fine header of his own.
Just after half time David Waterhouses completed the run of headed goals diving to nod the ball in from close range and to ensure a win.
The win moved Charscot into second spot as the team has a break for the cup next week whilst opponents Spondon dropped four places to 11th in a tightly contested league.
Manager Rich Grove was happy afterwards. "A solid performance and it is important to have got back to winning ways. We now get some shooting practice next week against A.F.C Parkside before a tricky trip to Rhyl F.C the week after".
||Carnbroe Rovers league
position doesn't reflect the challenge they are to beat
and came in to today's match with just one defeat back on
Charscot also had a six game unbeaten run but both sides have drawn too many matches for their own liking so today's result came as little surprise as the sides drew 1-1.
The hosts edged the game and took the lead with Valentino Van Drunen's first of the season, a fine header on 40 minutes.
Rovers fought back though, equalising 12 minutes later through Lanescu's curling shot and that was it for action.
The draw closed the gap to the top to six points , but that is still a large gap for a team that has lost the winning feeling.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "Not good enough, we simply have to create more and take more chances. Defensively we are solid but offensively we are being found wanting."
In the Super Cup a 1-1 draw at next weeks' league opponents, Spondon Dynamos, saw the team exit at the group stages. Jose Maria's goal wasn't enough as a win was needed to progress.
||Playing Balham Town is
never an easy task but after winning the corresponding
fixture last season the team had hoped it was the sign of
a change in the results against Town.
However, a fairly grim 90 minutes saw the two sides cancel each other out and another draw was the result.
Charscot did take the lead through Jairzinho's third of the season, a magnificent header after 13 minutes.
The half time team talk had the desired effect on the hosts as they equalised within three minutes of the re-start as Melka scored from close range.
Neither side did enough to win the match after this and the draw does little to help either side.
Charscot dropped to fourth and seven points adrift of runaway leaders St Joseph's BC after only 7 matches and already retaining the title is looking a hard task.
Manager Rich Grove was brief afterwards. "Not the result we wanted but normally this would be a great point but already the pressure of the league table is taking it's toll and making a good draw look like two points lost instead. We simply have to go on a winning run and start to score freely like we did last season".
In the Super Cup Charscot found goals easier to come by as a second half brace from Jose Maria and a penalty from Evgeni Malkin gave the team a 3-2 win at Broomhall Tigers and kept hopes of progression alive going into the final match of the group stage next week.
A busy time with the personnel as another player finished his training at the club with Rob Rensenbrink fulfilling his potential to become a genuine first team contender.
There was also some transfer business agreed upon as the latest foreign find was packaged up with Joao Espinosa to bring in youth prospect Chris Kunitz. Kunitz will be completing his youth education at Kilburn United and joining the club permanently at the end of this month.
||Hosting local rivals
Rivendell has been a nightmare experience recently and
after last year coming from three goals down to only lose
to a last minute goal the hosts were just hoping not to
The match was fairly even with Charscot making the better chances. However, Rivendell took the lead with a Krajcik lob on 39 minutes.
Harry Arter got his first of the season with a lob of his own after 67 minutes and that ended the scoring.
The point leaves the team in third place with the top 3 all securing 1-1 draws.
Manager Rich Grove seemed satisfied after the match. "Of course we want to win every game but the reality is we won't, and a point against Rivendell is always a decent result. We now need to build on our recent run, extend it and hopefully close the gap at the top over the next month".
In the WPL Super Cup Charscot made the reverse trip to Rivendell, and won courtesy of an Evgeni Malkin free kick on the hour to keep alive the team's hopes of progressing in the tournament.
There was a couple of new arrivals at the club for the youth team too. Arriving in attack is Enzo Francescoli, who managed to get himself injured after scoring on his debut and will be out for 3 weeks. Enzo is only at the club for this season to gain out of being in a winning youth team for as long as possible before arriving at his new club Revelstone in the RH.
The second arrival was found by the club's international scouting network and his future is less clear. Johan Boskamp lacks the speed to realistically make a mark with the Wolverines and his future is likely to involve an outright swap deal or placement on the auction market whilst still a youth player to maximise return. Time will tell.
||Facing A.F.C Binfield has
proven a surprisingly successful endeavour in recent
seasons with four consecutive wins and unbeaten in six for
With Binfield suffering early on and Charscot on a winning run hopes were high that the visitors could get a win again. Those hopes came to pass as Charscot took a potentially invaluable 1-0 win to move into third place.
In a match of few clear cut chances the match was decided by Jose Maria's bullet header from close range just past the half hour mark.
With St Joseph's BC continuing to win they are five points clear of Ziaste and Charscot, who make up the top 3 at this early stage.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted with the result. "To win at a top club like A.F.C is always pleasing, and whilst they are struggling right now I fully expect them to be in the top 3 long before the end of the season so this could be a crucial win later on".
"We now return home to face bogey side Rivendell, and I will be trying something different as our current tactics clearly don't work against them".
In the Super Cup the club suffered it's second defeat in 3 matches, losing 2-0 at home to Spondon Dynamos.
Better news off the field as both Harry Arter and Joshua Npowa signed four year contract extensions. It is understood the manager plans on looking at the squad size over this season with a view to reducing the overall size and clearly these two players are part of the manager's long term plans.
||A match against Salford
City F.C has been a good points gainer in recent seasons
and Charscot came into the match not having lost in their
last 8 meetings with City.
City for their part had got off to a very good start to the season and were flying high in second place.
The early season form looked to be working as City took the lead in the 65th minute despite the hosts dominating the match.
It took just three minutes for David Waterhouses to score the equaliser with a toe poke from close range.
With six minutes left substitute Henrik Larsson scored his fourth career goal from the bench (fifth in total) as he headed in from close range.
The win moved Charscot up to fifth place and after losing on week 1 the team has bounced back well.
Manager Rich Grove was in good cheer post match. "That is the sort of result we need for morale at the club. To beat any form team is always a good indicator that the team is moving in the right direction and we now need to build on the recent results as we travel to a struggling, but high quality, AF.C Binfield side".
In the WPL Super Cup Charscot won at the second attempt as Jairzinho's brace saw the team beat Broomhall Tigers 2-0.
||A patchy start t the season
saw Charscot winless going into their third game, a trip
to pointless bottom side Goodhead F.C. The hosts are
better than their early start implies and over confidence
was not a factor as Charscot's players knew all about the
A hard fought match was won by a solitary goal as Jairzinho scored his, and the club's, second goal of the season just before half time with a fine header.
The win sees the team move up to 8th place as they return home to face second place Salford City F.C next week.
Manager Rich Grove was in a wary frame of mind post match. "I am pleased we have finally got our first win of the season but our lack of goals is a minor concern and we need to turn things around in the coming weeks as this is a team that has always been known for its scoring ability."
"That said, our second clean sheet in three games is a good indication of an improved defence and if we can get a little better on both sides of the ball we can look forward to hopefully another season on a par with last season".
The team played it's first Super Cup match, losing heavily 3-0 at home to Rivendell to get off to the worst possible start.
Rob Rensenbrink signed a one year contract extension to secure his short term future at the club and it is hoped by the time his contract is up for renewal he will be at a level where he can play a part in the first eleven.
||After a poor loss last week
Champions Charscot came home for their first match of the
season at The Blue Silver Stadium. Visitors were local
rivals Wascisco Red Sox, a team that has proven tricky
opponents over the years.
This trend was to continue today as the visitors managed to grind out a goalless draw in a match that Charscot really should have won.
The solitary point sees Charscot drop to 13th place two weeks into the season and in desperate need of a win as the team visits newly promoted Goodhead F.C next week.
Manager Rich Grove appeared frustrated after the match. "Not the result we deserved or clearly needed today. We need the boost of a win that gets everyone at a club moving in the same direction. We have a number of tricky matches coming up and probably need to take advantage of Goodhead's pointless start to the season next week before they hit any form of their own".
Gylmar Dos Santos Neves signed a one year extension this week before packing his bags and going out on loan to Ziaste Nequeno. It is hoped that by seeing playing time he will come back an improved keeper.
||An opening day trip to St
Joseph's BC is never an easy game and so it proved again
as the Champions were beaten 2-1 despite being the
dominant side over the 90 minutes.
The hosts got off to a flier and scored on 28 minutes before the Wolverines equalised through Jairzinho's close range effort.
With the visitors on top it seemed like only a matter of time before they got a winner but they were left ruing their missed chances after Inglesten scored a 79th minute winner.
The result leaves the team in 11th place after the opening day's fixtures.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "Not the result we wanted or frankly deserved but we just need to move forward and do all we can to take three points from our opening home game next week against local rivals Wascisco Red Sox".
"At this stage I just hope we aren't going to become the side we were before last season's title, that is not something anyone at the club wants to see".
The draw for the first round of the cup was made and sees the team drawn at home to A.F.C Parkside of Division 3. The tie should see the team progress.
Sandor Kocsis signed a two year contract extension whilst Gylmar Dos Santos Neves,Neal Caffrey and Jermeine Keane all signed one year extensions and afterwards it was confirmed that Neves will go on loan next week to Ziaste Nequeno for the season to help perfect his skills.
||Charscot faced two trips to
end a wonderful season as they looked to become the second
WPL side to ever do the double of league and cup.
With all eyes on the cup the trip to Prestatyn Town was always expected to be a loss, and so it proved as the relegated side beat the new League Champions 3-0.
The Cup Final saw freshly promoted to the top flight Long Eaton Archers face Charscot Wanderers. Hopes were high of a double but they werre to prove false as Long Eaton came through a fairly even battle 2-0 with a goal in each half ..
The result was a sad end to the season but afterwards both sets of fans found a lot to celebrate in their seasons.
Manager Rich Grove held a brief conference post match. "Not the end to the season we wanted of course, but full congratulations to Mike Taylor and his team on winning the final and also promoting back to the top flight, thoroughly deserved. For our part I am delighted to see us back as Champioons and we now have to build on this and try to win the title more frequently. Hopefully we can continue this run of success but a lot of hard work lies ahead".
It is safe to say this has been the club's best season in many respects and this title is more deserving having led the league for 23 weeks, compared to last time when the team lead the league for precisely the last 23 minutes of the season.
Unsurprisingly some club records were broken this season. The previous record of 60 points was beaten as the team finished with 61 points.
19 league wins ties the club record.
The team scored in 22 consecutive matches starting late last season and ending when the team lost at Wascisco Red Sox beating the previous record of 20 games.
The team has now gone 19 consecutive home games and counting scoring at least once. On the road the team went ten consecutive games scoring at least once to beat the previous record of 9 games.
Throw in two consecutive matches scoring 3+ goals (tying a record done numerous times) and the team can be proud of their prolific nature.
With the end of a season comes the club awards and with so much success comes a lot of recognition.
Player of the Year had become club captain Jose Maria's personal trophy having won it the lat 3 seasons but he wasn't to win it this time, finishing third in the voting. Top scorer Valentino Van Drunen came second with Joshua Npowa winning over the fans with his mid season introduction leading to a number of goals from midfield that many fans believe ultimately believe gave the club the title.
Young player of the year went to Rob Rensenbrink for the second year running in a surprise to no one.
The Hall of Fame has had few inductees in recent seasons as very few have excelled. This has resulted in an accumulation of places available meaning up to five players could be elected this season. And five were as Per Reidar Aarbakk, Harry Arter, Emiliano Delossantos, Jairzinho and Joshua Npowa all received the required 75% of votes from the fan base.
||Charscot knew avoiding
defeat to visiting Shaolin F.C would be enough to gain the
club it's second league title after A.F.C Binfield had won
earlier in the day.
The hosts made their ninth live tv appearance with everything to gain and they grabbed their chance in style, recording a 3-1 win to take the league and keep the double alive.
The match with Shaolin was over early on as a 3 goal burst in 11 minutes secured the league.
Emiliano Delossantos continued his great scoring record from defence with a superb chip from distance for his fifth of the season on 17 minutes.
Four minutes later Jose Maria hit another lob from outside the area before Joshua Npowa's 30 yard free kick sealed the league seven minutes later.
Shaolin grabbed a consolation through Ricardo Gonzalez with 24 minutes left but the hosts would not be stopped.
The win caps an excellent season in the league and a new record points haul for the club.
Manager Rich Grove was ecstatic afterwards. "Such a good feeling to know we are league champions again after far too long. The players have been exceptional all season long and thoroughly deserve their success. With a bit of luck and a lot of hard work hopefully we can complete the double next week and go on to have future seasons of success like this one".
The manager took the time to send a thank you to former manager and perennial champion Jon Sykes. Jon, manager of Barnstoneworth United and Thamesford United, took the time to get in touch to offer his congratulations with a number of bottles of alcohol to celebrate in a touching and classy move from the now retired manager. "A great gesture from a great manager. If one day we can get anywhere near his accomplishments in the game we will have exceeded all expectations. A very classy move and a genuinely nice surprise".
The team now looks ahead to a meaningless match at relegated Prestatyn Town and an enormous cup final against Long Eaton Archers. The Archers are still fighting for a promotion spot so the level of focus on the cup has yet to be determined.
A week for all connected with the club to celebrate before a busy end to the season next week.
||Charscot went into two road
trips knowing a Cup Final appearance and a league title
could be achieved this week.
With the title all but secured the focus was on the cup as Charscot faced Division Two side Carnbroe United. The match turned into a cagey affair with the game decided by a superb Valentino Van Drunen free kick in the 34th minute.
The team looked jaded as it made the trip to third placed The Academy, whose own season is aimed squarely on a top 3 finish.
The hosts found the lethargic Charscot side no threat as they recorded a solid 2-0 win to enhance their own top 3 credentials whilst leaving Charscot to wait another week for the title.
Manager Rich Grove was happy enough afterwards. "We went into the week looking for a Cup Final spot and we achieved that aim so it would be churlish to criticise the players too much for the under par league performance".
"We can still end the season on a high with a league and cup double if we can avoid losing to Shaolin F.C next week and then beat Long Eaton Archers the following week in the Final".
With the cup opponents likely to be fighting for promotion come the final day the season is set up for the team to be successful if they can maintain a professional attitude.
The planning for next season continued as experienced defender Alex Diego arrived from Wascisco Red Sox to cover the upcoming retirement of Mustapha Kuruk.
Leaving the club was youth defender Anatoly Seretskov to Ziaste Nequeno and a recent foreign signing who departed for Comberton Tornadoes.
Two players signed one year extensions today as Rip Van Rioja and Alex Lenghel committed their short term future to the club.
With two weeks left in the season a great season is within the team's grasp and the next fortnight could be a great one in the club's history.
||Charscot hosted local
rivals Ziaste Nequeno knowing a win could give the club
it's second league title. Ziaste, despite looking likely
to relegate have been fighting hard and the hosts knew the
match could easily prove harder than anticipated, and so
Ziaste took an early lead against the run of play before Jose Maria scored from a fine solo run eight minutes before half time.
With rivals A.F.C Binfield trailing at home Charscot had their hands on the trophy when Valentino Van Drunen hit a superb chip from 30 yards with 25 minutes to go.
As the party started amongst the supporters the visitors brought it to a premature end as Gretzky equalised to gain the visitors an impressive draw.
Charscot now find themselves 9 points clear with 3 games left and with a 17 goal advantage on rivals A.F.C Binfield the title is all but theirs.
Manager Rich Grove cut a delighted figure afterwards. "Ok, it would have been great to get the win we deserved to win the league but we are all but there now and can focus on our cup semi-final next week knowing that we just need to avoid heavy defeats to be the Champions".
"Our players have done a fantastic job this season and they should be rewarded for their efforts with a deserved title and with any luck it will be their's now".
On a busy week there was a number of personnel decisions made.
After looking likely to be placed on the auction market Alex Lenghel was given a reprieve and is expected to sign a one year extension next week as the manager looks to maintain strength in depth whilst the trainees are worked on.
In a last gasp deal Charscot swapped keepers with WPL rivals Spondon Dynamos, taking Rip Van Rioja for Rinat Dasayev. Rinat had looked likely to ask for a transfer so the manager acted quickly to prevent any issues and Rip will be second choice after Jess next season whilst Neves goes out on loan to get games and perfect his skills.
Arriving from rivals Real Madrid were keeper Ricardo Zamora and midfielder Sergey Nikiforenko. Both are expected to boost next season's youth side before departing to new pastures.
||A trip to current Champions
Real Madrid has proven a tricky prospect in recent
seasons, with three large defeats on the last three
With the Champions looking like becoming the first team to go from best to worst in a season Charscot arrived with hopes of taking a crucial win in their attempt to become the new champions.
The match looked over in the first half hour as Emiliano Delossantos' fantastic 13th minute free kick was followed by another magnificent free kick from Joshua Npowa a quarter of an hour later.
With the points looking secured Klin Mer Norstwert scored with 20 minutes left to create a nervous finale.
However, Charscot controlled the remainder of the match and in truth Real never threatened again.
Results elsewhere guaranteed the Wolverines a top 3 spot and with main rivals A.F.C Binfield winning easily the gap to them stays at 8 points with 4 games remaining.
Manager Rich Grove was a relieved figure afterwards. "We knew Binfield were likely to win today so this was an enormous match for us as we don't want to boost their hopes of catching us any more than necessary. The players did a fine job of controlling the match and we move on to a home derby that we should win. However, after losing at home to another struggling side last week we cannot afford to be complacent."
The draw for net season's WPL Super Cup was made this week and Charscot find themselves in a group with Rivendell, Broomhall Tigers and Spondon Dynamos.
||Just when the team looked
on the verge of a great season the cracks start to show.
With only one home defeat all season Charscot should have
thumped struggling Rhyl F.C but instead the team went
down to a 2-1 loss that poses serious questions
about their ability to get over the line and win the
The match was a disaster from the start with the Wolverines two down in just over half an hour as Bouma and Gallo scored.
Charscot got a goal back in the 56th minute with a diving header from Valentino Van Drunen but it was just a consolation goal as the team couldn't find an equaliser.
Main rivals A.F.C Binfield drew so the gap is now 8 points with 5 matches left.
Manager Rich Grove was in a poor mood post match. "We threw away an enormous opportunity today to go 11 points clear. We simply shouldn't be losing to sides like Rhyl and we can have no one to blame but ourselves".
"We now go to struggling Real Madrid, where we have been poor on recent trips and Binfield are bound to beat Wascisco so all of a sudden the gap will be down to five points next week and out challenge looking in grave danger of faltering".
At this point he stormed out of the press conference.
On a week with little in the way of good news Jairzinho provided a glimmer with confirmation he was signing a four year contract extension.
Further good news came with confirmation Casey Jones will be joining the team from Kilburn United of the Will Scarlet league at the start of next season .
||Another in a run of very
hard matches this week as Charscot travelled to in form
Spondon Dynamos. Charscot's record at Spondon is
exceptionally good but had been blighted by two recent
losses so the team was looking to get back to their usual
results whilst also maintaining a lead at the top of the
With the match moved to be shown live on television the team knew the gap to second placed A.F.C Binfield had been reduced to six points prior to kick off and with just six more games after today the pressure was on.
The players responded in style though as they came away with an excellent 3-1 win to maintain the gap at the top at nine points.
Joshua Npowa continues to be a scoring revelation from midfield as he scored his fourth in nine games for the club after 33 minutes with a brilliant header from distance.
In an even match the hosts got some reward for their hard work as Jared Borgetti scored from close range with just over a quarter of an hour left.
The visitors responded brilliantly with two goals in sixty seconds to secure the win.
Jermeine Kean scored from close range after a scramble and then from kick off substitute Artur Coimbra volleyed home after an interception in the middle of the field for his fifth goal as a substitute.
Charscot face the bottom four in their last six matches and if the team can produce as they should against the struggling sides a second title could be theirs but there is still a lot of football to be played.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "We have a great record at Cellanese Stadium and maintaining that record was crucial as we close in on our second league title. We have had a long hard season and hopefully all the work will prove worth it over the next month but we must guard against complacency as that could actually be our biggest issue with a number of struggling sides left to play".
The draw for the semi-finals of the S.L.F.A. Cup was made and see the last remaining top flight side playing Division 2 Carnbroe United. Having knocked out their neighbours Rovers the team will be hoping to complete a double of sorts and make their way into the final.
On the player side today the manager made the remaining youths without pre-arranged buyers available for cash with immediate effect. Those that don't find a buyer will no doubt be listed on the market in 5 weeks.
Meanwhile the successful return of Artur Coimbra likely signals the end of Alex Lenghel's Charscot career and Alex is expected to be placed on the market in a few weeks where he should be very popular with the bidders.
||An enormous week for
Charscot as the team hosted third placed The Academy in
the quarter finals of the cup and travelled to Carnbroe
Rovers in the league.
The main focus, as usual, was on the league but the manager had said he hoped for a cup win to avenge three previous home losses to their opponents in the competition.
In the league the team went to Rovers and came away with an excellent 2-1 win, courtesy of goals from Valentino Van Drunen and Jose Maria, who scored either side of half time to secure a win after going behind early on.
The three points extended Charscot's lead at the top of the table to nine points as A.F.C Binfield drew at struggling Real Madrid.
The Wolverines have a tricky match at form side Spondon Dynamos next week before facing three of the bottom five with an opportunity to make the lead unassailable.
The cup match saw the team grab a deserved 3-1 win. The result was never in much doubt after Jose Maria's fantastic volley from distance was followed by a toe poke from Joshua Npowa in the space of two minutes early on.
Matej Sindelar scored the third with fifteen left and the Trevor Snell consolation a minute later didn't dent the hosts confident progression.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted post match. "This looked like a nightmare week for us in terms of the quality of opponent and an exit from the cup and the gap at the top reducing seemed distinctly possible. However, instead we extend our lead and move into the semi finals and are in fact the only top flight side left in the competition".
"We need to avoid any complacency as a few more quality performances could see us with the title before the next round of the cup, allowing us to fully focus on that. What we don't want to do is to allow either competition to now stop us being successful in the other".
||A home match against Balham
Town, title challengers until falling away in recent weeks
was never going to be easy.
Town have dropped away due to their home form whilst their form on the road has remained good and so it proved again as they took the lead at Charscot after 33 minutes.
The lead was looking likely to be enough as Charscot toiled without much effect but as the referee prepared to end the match a last desperate attack saw the ball fall to Valentino Van Drunen who bundled the ball home from close range for a potentially priceless equaliser.
The point actually increased the Wolverines lead at the top of the league to seven points as main rivals A.F.C Binfield lost at fifth placed Shaolin F.C.
The team now faces hard matches at Carnbroe Rovers (where the team has drawn all 3 previous visits in the league) and Spondon Dynamos, where the team has lost it's last two trips there and the next two away matches could have an enormous effect on the team's title hopes.
Manager Rich Grove looked relieved afterwards. "What looked like a first home defeat in months turned into a hopefully much needed extra point. Our lead is looking good with eight matches left but with five of those matches away from home we are a long way from having the title within our grasp and it can all change very quickly."
The team is bound to have all focus next week on the league trip and how focused they will be on the home cup quarter final with The Academy has yet to be seen.
The manager is believed to be in the final throes of making decisions about a number of borderline players for next season, from the keeper situation through to the surplus all bril players and potentially a few may be on the auction market next month.
Another youth has secured his future this week as Tim Cleaver will be joining fellow WPL side United Stars towards the end of the season.
||A derby match against
Rivendell has proven an unpleasant experience lately and
the hosts were confident they could dent Charscot's title
hopes and complete a second consecutive double over the
That confidence proved to be well placed as Charscot lost 2-1 and saw their lead at the top reduce to six points with A.F.C Binfield winning.
The match was over in the first half hour after goals from Simonescu and Kovaleinen.
Joshua Npowa scored for the second match running, this time a close range goal ten minutes into the second half but it was to prove just a consolation goal.
Manager Rich Grove was less than happy post match. "The result is not a shock it has to be said, and our away form, with three losses in the last four trips, is proving a real handicap to our chances of winning the title. We now face another bogey side next week as we host Balham Town and anything less than three points and we will be in big trouble".
After a string of impressive performances Jess Hall was offered and accepted a two year contract extension.
||Today was the biggest match
of the season so far as Charscot hosted second placed
A.F.C Binfield in a game that could have an enormous
bearing on the final table.
The hosts came into the match with a six point lead (and a far better goal difference, probably worth another point) and eight consecutive home wins. Binfield for their part are on an even better run on the road with nine consecutive away wins. Something had to give.
As it was the hosts turned in their best performance in many a season as they thumped a great opponent 4-0 to move nine points clear with ten games to go.
It took 37 minutes for the opening goal but once Jairzinho had scored with a fine header the result was never in doubt.
Joshua Npowa, who has been outstanding since being moved into the team four weeks ago, scored his first goal for the club with a close range tap in.
Per Reidar Aarbakk drove the ball home from close range to score against his old side (not a surprise such an occurrence happened today with Binfield starting 5 ex-Charscot players and another on the bench and Charscot starting 3 ex-Binfield players).
Substitute Henrik Larsson scored his third goal from the bench this season with a spectacular free kick on 79 minutes.
The team now finds itself in the position of knowing that anything less than the title will be a poor reflection having taken the division by the scruff of the neck in the first 21 weeks. With three more sides in the top 7 in the next 3 games the table can soon turn around and no one at the club thinks the battle is anywhere near over yet.
Manager Rich Grove was beaming afterwards. "As good a performance as I could have hoped for. This really was a great way to show everyone how serious the team is this season and we are going to keep working hard to try to achieve the title we desperately crave. A lot can happen and things change quickly in this game so there will be no complacency as we have a lot of very good sides still to play."
"We now go to local rivals Rivendell looking to avenge a very harsh 4-3 loss earlier this season, courtesy of a last gasp sucker punch goal".
In the cup the team has been drawn against another top flight side, as this time the team hosts The Academy. The team has had to face now two top six sides in the cup as well as the reigning Champions. If the team goes on to win the cup it will certainly be deserved.
||Charscot faced trips to two
top six sides this week as they faced early league leaders
Molineux Wizards in the league and Carnbroe Rovers in the
cup (who beat them in the final a few seasons ago).
With a number of high profile matches this month, including facing second and third, a trip to Molineux was a big first test which the Wolverines passed after a fine controlled performance brought a 1-0 away win
Jairzinho's close range goal ten minutes into the second half was the difference between the sides.
Charscot extended their lead to six points as A.F.C Binfield were held by Spondon 1-1. With Balham Town losing the gap to third is up to ten points.
In the cup Charscot's match at Carnbroe was a battling display as the team led twice, through a fine Jose Maria lob and a 30 yarder from Matej Sindelar before eventually winning 5-4 after penalties. Arter, Kuruk and Sindelar scoring whilst Jess Hall saved three penalties.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted after the match. "A fabulous win this week at Wizards. Their form has been poor but they are still an excellent side and to not just win but also extend our lead at the top is a great day's work".
"We now face the biggest match of the season to date as second placed A.F.C Binfield visit The Blue Silver Stadium. With third placed Balham Town visiting two weeks after that it is safe to say the next two home matches are going to have a big say on our season".
"Our home form is exceptional with 8 consecutive home wins but Binfield have won 9 on the trot away from home so an incredible challenge to take anything from what could be a title decider".
"Although the cup is secondary it was also pleasing to overcome another side in the top 6 on their own ground, gaining a little revenge for losing a cup final to them before".
A quiet week behind the scenes as the manager continues to consider his options. It is expected that either deals will be re-kindled shortly or else contracts will be handed out to some players who were on the cusp of leaving.
||Charscot returned home
looking to make up for last week's failed chance to extend
their lead in the league. Visiting Beeston Athletic have a
poor record at Charscot, having lost all bar one match and
having only scored once.
Not much changed as the Wolverines came away with a classy 4-1 demolition job, with all the goals in an entertaining first half.
Valentino Van Drunen was the star of the show, scoring his first hat trick for the club. He scored two from close range after two and forty one minutes and sandwiched between them was a sublime lob on 25 minutes.
Harry Arter continued to prove his worth from defence scoring the team's second on 22 minutes with Alain Sutter scoring a consolation with the score at 3-0.
With Balham Town losing Charscot have a large gap on third where Balham find themselves seven points adrift. However, A.F.C Binfield continue to keep pace and trail by just four points. Charscot face both sides in May, a month that could go a long way to determining the fate of the title.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "That first half performance was exhilarating. We looked simply unbeatable and if we can replicate that performance for longer periods of games then we could be hard to live with and should win our fair share of games".
"We needed this result and the performance of Joshua Npowa, making his debut today, was exceptional as he had a hand in all of our goals. This has been a tricky week with the club very close to making a major deal and it proved hard to resist the temptation but if the team keep playing like this I can have few regrets".
||Charscot travelled to local
rivals Wascisco Red Sox hoping to extend their lead in the
league and after title chasing A.F.C Binfield and Balham
Town both surprisingly lost hopes were high.
However, despite controlling long periods of the match Charscot contrived to lose to a Jeff Buckley goal just after half time.
The loss leaves the team four points clear as they return home for another derby match against Beeston Athletic, that they simply have to win to get back on track.
Manager Rich Grove cut a frustrated figure post match. "Absolutely gutted to lose like this today and the concern is that we are going to have a second half slide down the table that has happened to so many sides before us. We have 16 points from 18 against Beeston Athletic at home and have only conceded one goal to them so we really need to take the win or else we may as well start looking to just grab third place".
||A big week as the second
half of the season started with two home matches.
The lesser of the two games was a second round cup tie versus Sussex Crusaders F.C . This game proved to be a fairly simple obstacle as Charscot won 2-0 with two goals i the last half hour.
Henrik Larsson came off the bench and scored six minutes later from the penally spot after a blatant hand ball.
Valentino Van Drunen doubled the lead with a brilliant free kick seven minutes later to confirm the team's progression in the cup.
The league match at home to St Joseph's BC was potentially a tricky match but as it was the Wolverines completely dominated from the off, taking a deserved 3-1 win to stay four points clear at the top.
Despite going behind early on the team turned things around as Matej Sindelar's brilliant header was followed by a Harry Arter tap in for a half time lead.
With three minutes left Larsson scored his second goal as a sub this week with a fine 20 yard drive.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "Although we have a very good record against BC at our place they can be a dangerous side so to get off to a winning start as the second half of the season starts is very pleasing".
On a busy week the manager surprised many with another deal being arranged. leaving today were youths Wolfgang Steinbach and Gregory Van Der Wiel. In their place Joao Francisco Espinosa will be arriving at some point during next season after making the most hopefully of his youth career.
||Following last week's first
loss in over two months the pressure was on for Charscot
to return to winning ways as the team hosted struggling
Prestatyn Town. Anything less than a win would have hurt
the team's hopes for success greatly.
As it was the match turned into a cagey affair which the hosts were delighted to sneak 2-1 and extend their lead in the league to four points as Balham Town lost, allowing A.F.C Binfield to move into second place.
Two goals in three minutes secured the win as Emiliano Delossantos' close range flick on 33 minutes was quickly followed by a superb lob from Matej Sindelar.
Despite a goal back just before half time the hosts hung on for an important three points.
Manager Rich Grove was relieved afterwards. "not one of our better performances by any means but it is crucial we find ways to win when not at our best and we have another two home matches next week before we go back on the road".
"Of course our focus will be on the visit of St Joseph's BC in the league and as long as we are successful in that match the cup tie against Sussex Crusaders has little importance".
New signing Milan Preczoli signed a two year extension as it appears the current squad will not be added to any further in the near future.
||After eight consecutive
wins and nine consecutive away wins a trip to Shaolin F.C
should have been another win based on history and form.
Charscot had only ever lost once to Shaolin in their
history and it was hoped the gap at the top could at least
However, the hosts were to get a surprise win that reduced Charscot's lead to just two points over Balham Town.
It all started so well as Jairzinho scored a magnificent header on 22 minutes for a lead but by half time the Wolverines were losing and were left to return to London licking their wounds.
Manager Rich Grove cut a concerned figure post match. "Today's defeat was always going to come sooner or later, it is less about this loss than it is about how we respond to it. We need to go on another unbeaten run now, starting next week with a home game against struggling Prestatyn Town. If we can bounce back we can compete, if not the season could get away from us quickly".
Off the field Milan Preczoli arrived to complete last week's three for one deal and in terms of players the only likely departures now will be the surplus youth players near the end of the season and potentially a player or two who can't get a game from the early 20's range.
||On the back of seven
consecutive wins Charscot hosted an in form The Academy
side knowing that a win would break the club record for
The match itself was a hard fought one with Charscot just edging the game and winning courtesy of an Emiliano Delossantos lob on 16 minutes.
The win moves the team five points clear at the top with two games left in the first half of the season.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "The past couple of months have been superb as we have put ourselves into an excellent position. However, there is a long way to go and a lot can go right or wrong in the months ahead so we can;'t afford to get complacent but must keep grinding out as many wins as possible as we never know when a run of bad form, bad luck or both will strike".
After weeks of rumours regarding an impending deal there was finally movement this week as no less than three players left the club. Leaving was former scoring sensation Tevrez Fernando, youth prospect Raphael Varane and teenage trainee Silvio Piola.
The three players had found their futures in question for different reasons. Fernando had lost his goalscoring knack and been usurped in the team by players far younger than him. Varane's speed meant he was never going to break the first team whilst Silvio Piola still needed a lot of work for a player his age and whilst no doubt a future star still had a way to go.
Arriving in place of these three will be Milan Preczoli from Salford Lads Club of the Opal. Milan still needs a little sharpening up on his speed but it is hoped that when he is 21 years old he is ready to play and have a long career at the club.
||Charscot travelled to
struggling local rivals Ziaste Nequeno knowing a win was
not only expected but necessary.
As it was Charscot dominated the entire match and will be wondering how they only won 1-0, with Per Reidar Aarbakk's header on 28 minutes the difference between the sides.
The win moved the team four points clear at the top as Balham Town and Molineux Wizards both lost, allowing A.F.C Binfield to move into second place.
Manager Rich Grove cut a relieved figure afterwards. "It is always good to win any match of course, but matches where everyone demands a win are little fun and it is a relief just to take the three points and move on to the next match".
"That next match will be far more challenging than the last few as we face a strong The Academy side that have only lost twice all season. With three home matches in the next four games this is a chance to take a grip at the top but we have to ward against complacency as leads can quickly be lost".
On a quiet week the manager is understood to still be looking at potential deals for the likes of Kocsis, Piola and Varane.
||Charscot hosted winless
bottom side Real Madrid knowing the game would not be as
easy as on paper. Real are the reigning Champions and are
bound to start winning matches again soon and the
Wolverines didn't want to be the team that started that
As it turned out the result was never in doubt as Real's manager made inexplicable tactical choices resulting in a 2-3-5 formation that the hosts exploited for a convincing 4-1 win to go two points clear at the top.
Per Reidar Aarbakk opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a simple tap in and nine minutes later Valentino Van Drunen doubled the lead with another close range goal.
A dozen minutes later any Real comeback was extinguished as Jairzinho scored from the edge of the box.
Jose Maria then added a fourth two minutes after coming off the bench with a toe poke from 3 yards out.
Dusan Svento's goal four minutes from time was scant consolation for the travelling fans who protested against their manager at the final whistle, proclaiming him clueless and requesting he be sacked.
The win put Charscot two points clear and was the team's sixth consecutive win as they face a local derby at struggling Ziaste Nequeno next week.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "What a great way of showing our ability to challenge this season. A really classy performance and we need to carry on in this vein over the coming weeks and try to get a stranglehold on the top spot, starting with next week';s trip to Ziaste".
After long deliberations there was further good news as Henrik Larson finally signed a two year contract extension. With the signing of this contract it leaves the manager just considering offloading trainees Silvio Piola and Raphael Varane in a package deal, with offers likely to be requested this coming week.
||Charscot travelled to
struggling Rhyl F.C knowing they were entering a period of
matches that should be wins that could take them clear at
The first of these wins was achieved fairly convincingly as the Wolverines cruised to a 3-1 win to stay top on goal difference from Balham Town.
Jairzinho scored on 22 minutes to ease the team's nerves and just after half time Matej Sindelar scored with a brilliant header to double the lead.
Rhyl got a goal back against the run of play on 55 minutes but the visitors extended their lead again as Emiliano Delossantos hit a fine lob with just over ten minutes remaining.
Manager Rich Grove was slightly nervous post match. "It is a relief to get the win that was expected of us. We now return home to face winless bottom side Real Madrid knowing the pressure will be on us to continue our excellent run that is now up to six consecutive matches. Real won't be easy though and a draw may not be a bad result come the end of the season".
In the Super Cup Charscot exited the comp after a 2-2 draw with Cruzio Cortez at home, courtesy of a Jose Maria brace, meant a 4-2 loss on aggregate.
||Charscot travelled to
Premier League bottom side Real Madrid with little
interest in the match as all attention is unsurprisingly
on the top of the table for the Wolverines right now.
Real were desperate for any sort of morale booster to a season that has been an unmitigated disaster for the current League Champions.
The home side edged the game and it was n surprise when Dusan Svento opened the scoring for them on 37 minutes.
Charscot have proven far more resilient this season and grabbed an equaliser on 63 minutes with a superb 35 yard lob from Per Reidar Aarbakk.
The teams played through almost another hour but neither could find the goal they needed so the match went to penalties.
At this point the class of the visitors shone through as they converted all five penalties through Kierrison, Jose Maria, Matej Sindelar, Harry Arter and Mustapha Kuruk whilst Jess Hall saved two penalties to ensure progress to the second round.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post match. "In truth progression wasn't really the aim today but credit to the players for their battling performance. The focus is as usual the league, particularly after such a good start to the season, and we need to beat the sides struggling at the bottom over the next few weeks".
In the Super Cup an exit seems likely after the team lost 2-0 at Cruzio Cortez.
||Charscot hosted Spondon
Dynamos feeling confident despite the visitors recent
return to form and was hopeful of a third consecutive win.
The match itself was a tight affair with little in it but the Wolverines came out on top courtesy of a spectacular Harry Arter free kick six minutes into the second half.
The win moved the team into top spot by virtue of goals scored as they lead Balham Town and Molineux Wizards.
The team now has a break for the cup before facing the bottom two sides in the division.
Manager Rich Grove was ecstatic afterwards. "Way too early to be too confident but the first third of a season has been an unqualified success and we need to build on this great start as we face a number of struggling sides over the coming weeks. First though we have a meaningless cup tie at Real Madrid, and the reality is we are likely to give them their first win of the season."
The team will also face the first leg of the second round of the WPL Super Cup next week as they travel to Cruzio Cortez.
||Charscot returned home
looking to build on last week's win with consecutive home
matches against struggling sides.
First up is Carnbroe Rovers, who faced Charscot for only the fourth time in the league away from home. With the hosts having two wins to Rovers' one in meetings Charscot were hopeful of making it 3 from 4, which they did in convincing style with a 3-0 win.
Despite controlling the play Charscot went into half time goalless but quickly remedied this as Matej Sindelar scored with a spectacular free kick after just thirty seconds of the second half had been played.
Jose Maria doubled the lead on his return to the starting line up seven minutes later to secure the win with a superb diving header.
It was then left to substitute Kierrison to add the third twenty minutes later with a fine drive. Kierrison broke the club scoring record for substitutes, scoring his tenth as a substitute, bettering Stefan Selakovic's of nine goals as a sub.
The win moved Charscot into second place, maintaining the gap to the leaders of three points.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy after the match. "That was a superb performance against a very good side and manager. To win so convincingly is a great fillip to the side and we need to replicate this performance next week against another side at the wrong end of the table, Spondon Dynamos".
In the WPL Super Cup the team was already guaranteed progression to the knockout stages and played out an open 2-2 draw with local rivals Beeston Athletic, with Jairzinho and Lenghel scoring for the Wolverines.
In transfer news the manager has made want away striker Henrik Larsson available for a swap deal. It has yet to be seen if any substantive offers will be made and if not the player will stay and the manager will try to convince him to sign a new contract.
||Charscot continued their
hard start to the season with a trip to leaders Balham
Town, who had yet to concede a goal.
For their part the Wolverines had scored 2 goals in each of their away matches this season and something had to give.
The match was a close one but Charscot's fire power ultimately proved decisive.
With eight minutes played Jairzinho scored with a spectacular shot from distance to give the leaders the lead.
This lead lasted eight minutes before the hosts equalised and for a long period it looked like the match would peter out to a draw.
However, the Wolverines made up for the last minute loss last week by inflicting the same this week on Balham as Valentino Van Drunen scored a wonder goal from thirty yards.
The win keeps the team in fourth and three points off of top spot. Charscot have already played the top 6 teams after 7 games and should have every opportunity to go on a strong run now.
Manager Rich Grove was thrilled afterwards. "That was an enormous win for us as Balham had had the fortune of a soft schedule to start the season so we needed to bring them back before they charged clear. We now need to build on this win with a decent run of our own over the coming weeks".
In the Super Cup Charscot lost 3-1 at home to Zakreze F,C with a Jairzinho goal the only bright spot. However, the team still progress to the knockout stages.
||Charscot's hard start to
the season continued with the visit of local rivals
Rivendell, who like the hosts had yet to lose this season.
Despite playing a number of high flying sides the Wolverines had come out with good results but today that run ended undeservedly and in gutting fashion.
Despite Charscot dominating the match the visitors raced into a 3 goal lead by the 27th minute leaving the home fans shell shocked and bewildered at how the team could be three down whilst dominating.
The second half saw Charscot start to get rewards for their play. On 59 minutes Per Reidar Aarbakk scored his first professional goal with a simple tap in which seemed like nothing more than consolation.
However, the hosts scored two in a minute to pull level as Valentino Van Drunen beta a bad offside trap and then straight from the kick off Matej Sindelar scored a magnificent free kick.
With the match balanced at 3-3 and time running out the hosts continued to attack only to see their play rewarded with a sucker punch goal to lose in the last minute.
The loss drops the team to fourth place and puts added pressure on the team's trip to leaders Balham Town next week, a team that have yet to concede a goal playing the highest scoring team in the division.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post match. "Absolutely gutted. Hard to express how disappointed I am to see our play so harshly punished. We shouldn't have been three down and to come back like that only to then lose is hard to take. All we can do is hope that fate is on our side more in the future than it was today".
The team bounced back from the league loss with a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from want away striker Henrik Larsson in the WPL Super Cup. The win leaves the team all but through to the knock out stages as the team at most needs a point to progress.
Whilst Larsson still wants to leave David Waterhouses signed a two year extension with the club despite his limited playing time in the past couple of seasons.
Waterhouses is expected to join Coimbra and go out on loan to Southwell City next week whilst Tevrez Fernando will join up with Wascisco Red Sox on loan. Tevrez will not be allowed to play against Charscot this season as part of the deal.
||Charscot faced another side
flying high as they travelled to A.F.C Binfield this week.
In the past four weeks Charscot have faced three top five
sides and impressively are still unbeaten.
The manager made three changes to the starting line up and one of them provided an almost instant result as Henrik Larsson scored on his full debut after just ten minutes with a fine shot after a mazy run.
Just before half time the hosts got a reward for their pressure as Robert Smith hit a spectacular 30 yarder to even the score.
The second half was a cagey affair as Binfield had the slightest of edges and just as the match looked to be finishing all square substitute Jairzinho smashed the ball home from 25 yards for a great winner.
The win leaves Charscot in third place as they return home to host another unbeaten side, fourth placed Rivendell next week.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "This is a great result for us at a superb team that have to be considered title challengers. To continue to get results against so many top clubs is very rewarding and to have turned our previously poor away form seemingly around so convincingly with 7 points from 9 is very encouraging".
"That said, there is a long way to go and we have to try to maintain our consistency as we look to close the gap on the teams above who, it has to be said, have had far easier fixtures to start the season. This should give us confidence though as they have to face the stronger sides soon so with luck we can close the gap".
In the Super Cup Charscot went top of their group at the halfway point of the group stages with a scrappy 1-0 win courtesy of a Malkin penalty at Beeston Athletic. One more win should see the team progress at worst in second place.
||Charscot face their biggest
challenge so far as Molineux Wizards visited The Blue
Silver Stadium today. The Wizards had a 100% record and
despite Charscot being unbeaten in their last 6 meetings
with Molineux this game was always going to be a hard one.
As it was the harshest part of the game was the result as Charscot dominated but couldn't turn the dominance into the win their play warranted, resulting in a frustrating 1-1 draw that keeps the team in third place.
Mustapha Kuruk gave the hosts the lead with a fine header on 50 minutes before Marc Pleasner became the first player to score against Charscot in 298 minutes after a stupid mix up in defence.
Manager Rich Grove was fairly happy afterwards. "Although our play was deserving of a win we have to be pleased with our start to the season and the performance level. Although four points adrift of Balham Town they have had the enormous advantage of playing very weak sides and with any luck they will come back to the pack as they start to play the better sides in the division".
The team gained a good 2-0 win at Zakreze FC in their second WPL Super Cup match as Henrik Larsson scored a brace.
||Charscot's season may well
come down to their ability to win on the road and today
can only hope to be an indicator of an improvement on
The trip to local rivals Beeston Athletic has proven a fairly good hunting ground over the years and today was another of those days as the team took a deserved 2-0 win to move into third place at this early stage of the season.
The goals both came from first time scorers as Jermeine Keane scored from close range on 17 minutes before Jairzinho scored a superb free kick early into the second half.
The team now hosts second placed Molineux Wizards, who have a 100% record, next week with a chance to go at least second.
Manager Rich Grove cut a happy figure post match. "That was a very well disciplined performance as we controlled the match from the outset and if we can play like that we will win more than we lose. We now have an enormous match, even at this early stage, against Wizards next week."
In the Super Cup Charscot's first match ended in a draw at home to Woodley Wanderers despite a Jose Maria hat trick as the defence had a poor showing, allowing 3 equalisers.
Some good news as two players committed their futures to the club as Kierrison signed a 3 year extension whilst new arrival Silvio Piola signed a two year extension.
The manager will now concentrate on trying to get Larsson to sign a new contract.