||The trip to Beeston Athletic, local rivals,
has not been a happy one lately and today was no different
as the hosts made the most of their chances to rout the
Wolverines and leave the manager questioning the player's
A scrappy first half had Athletic holding a slender one goal advantage but 3 mad minutes early in the second half saw the scoreline jump to 4-0 and over as a contest.
The loss drops Charscot to 13th and facing The Northerners next week the team is desperate to stop the continuous early season rot.
Manager Roch Grove was angry post match. "Our players are a joke. We have let everyone down at the club far too often and some of the players need to have a long look at their desire to play at the top level as I will certainly be considering my options in terms of who stays over the coming weeks".
In the Super Cup Charscot opened their campaign with a goalless draw at Spondon Renegades.
One player probably going nowhere is new signing Marc Crosas, who signed a one year extension today.
||The opening home game of the season saw the
team face local rivals Wascisco Red Sox, who were looking
to bounce back from an opening day loss of their own.
The match would prove to be a cagey affair and The Wolverines won by a slender margin, with recalled Ricario Sanchez bundling in from close range on 54 minutes.
The win moved the team into 8th place as just one side, Rhyl F.C, have ca 100% record after two matches.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "That was a satisfying start to our home season and we have to build on this win going forward as in recent seasons we have failed to win any early games except the ones against the Sox. Next week's trip to unbeaten Beeston Athletic is a crucial one as we look to get off to a far better start than we have had in recent years."
Midfielder Marc Crosas completed his move to the club via the auction market and is expected to be involved with the main line up despite being behind on fitness training with immediate effect.
Rumours are circling the club that Crosas' arrival may mean some player being offloaded either via the market or swaps but the manager refused to be drawn on this speculation.
||The first game of the season has not gone
well the last couple of seasons and starting on the road
to the Champions St Joseph's BC is far from ideal.
The team put in a solid performance, but were fairly shot shy considering their general play and were made to pay for that as they lost to a 21st minute Vatas goal.
The opening day loss sees the team down in tenth place and left the manager unsure what to make of his players.
"We just seem to be lacking the spark we need in games to go to the next level" Manager Rich Grove stated post match. "I am beginning to doubt some of this squad will ever be up to making us the challengers our abilities in the squad should be resulting in. I am going to have a long hard look at the squad and there may well be major changes over the coming weeks, to both the line up and the squad personnel".
The first change was a surprise as the manager bid at the last gasp to secure the services of midfielder Marc Crosas from Real Madrid for £ 26,111,000. Crosas' career has been fairly stop start to date and it is hoped than after he arrives in the squad next week he can be immediately pushed into the starting line up and have a positive effect on the squad.
Two players went out on loan, both due to injuries sustained towards the end of last season. Ademir joined Castle Rokc Furies, with Stevie Chalmers joining Fenway Valiants. It is hoped both will have successful seasons out on loan and arrive back improved on their basic skills.
Two players seemingly safe from any changes will be Ricario Sanchez and Gorka Larrea with the former extending his contract by two seasons, with the latter signing a one year extension.
With the start of a new season the first round cup draw was announced with Charscot travelling to Division One side V.A.G Wolfsburg F.C.
||The final game of the season was a dead
rubber match as Charscot travelled to Prestatyn Town with
nothing to play for.
With the pressure off and the manager experimenting with tactics the fans turned up not sure what to expect but were rewarded with a 3-1 away win that gives a small glimmer of hope for next season.
The team never looked like losing after Stock tapped in for the first with Sanchez scoring a sublime chip for the second just after half time.
Rob Rensenbrink showed his value as a substitute with his seventh goal off of the bench to make it 3-0 before Town got a consolation goal.
The win means the team finishes in sixth place.
Manager Rich Grove seemed pleased afterwards. "A promising sign but until we see how we start the new season next week at Champions St Josephs BC it all means very little."
With the end of the season comes a look back at the records broken or equalled and the awarding of the player awards and Hall of Fame entries.
In terms of records such an inconsistent season doesn't lend itself well to record breaking. The team's one away draw ties the lowest amount of draws on the road, achieved three times before in 2006/7, 2010 and 2013. Likewise the team's 9 away defeats matches the most recorded in 1996/7 and 2013/14.
Unsurprisingly after a fairly dreary season only one Hall of Fame spot is being used this season, with young goalkeeper Gianpiero Combi the only entrant after a promising start to his career.
Player of the Year was a two horse race with Jose Maria edging out Lars Stock, after the latter's conversion to attack this season.
Youth Player of the Year was easily won by Ian Stormare, who was top scorer in a patchy youth season.
||The final home game of the season saw
Charscot play their lucky side, Shaolin F.C, whose record
against Charscot is lamentable, or at least was, before
winning this game in some style last season 4-0.
The manager used the game to give Zizinho his full debut and more experimentation with the tactics saw Charscot dominate and win with another Jose Maria.
Maria's superb freekick on 50 minutes moved him to within 3 goals of the club record of 85 goals by Rick Higgott, a record he will surely break next season.
The win moved the team into 8th place with just a trip to Prestatyn Town to follow next week.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "We have had so many false dawns with tactics this season I refuse to get carried away, and we will experiment further next week before preparing for the start of the new season with a game against the new league Champions St Joseph's BC.".
"Our plans are a bit up in the air following the injury news this week and we will need to consider our options before next week ends the season".
Those injury issues are the loss of Ademir for the new season, an injury that will potentially mean his going out on loan to at least have use next season. With Chalmers also injured for the start of next season the team is already two light and with others still having a shot of being listed after failing to impress the manager the next week could see further movement.
||Charscot travelled to high flying The
Academy knowing the season can't end soon enough, as the
team can't score, never mind win a game.
The Academy edged a dull encounter and once they scored on 32 minutes the match was over as a contest.
The Wolverines drop to tenth place with this loss as the season has become one long struggle.
Manager Rich Grove was clearly despondent post match. "I am growing fed up with this squad, the bulk of which show little appetite to even try, never mind succeed. If I could offload them all only one or two would survive a cull at this point. Sadly that isn't a realistic option so we have to look for solutions within the squad".
||Charscot faced struggling Ziaste Nequeno at
The Blue Silver Stadium knowing the visitors were
desperate for a win with relegation looming whilst the
Wolverines own season has turned into a deathly
As it was the match had little action of note and it took a 74th minute goal from Jose Maria to salvage a 1-1 draw after the team had gone behind just before half time.
The draw leaves Ziaste 3 adrift of safety with three games left whilst Charscot drop to ninth place and are only saved a possible relegation by virtue of the bottom sides playing each other so many times during the run-in.
Manager Rich Grove was incredibly disappointed post match. "Another dire match, another poor performance and at this point I am wondering if maybe one or two need to be offloaded over the next week or two to freshen up what has become a very poorly performing team".
The manager invested a large sum of the club's money, over £ 30million - the second highest fee in the club's history, bringing in youth player Christian Pulisic from the auction market this week. Pulisic has a lot of work to do on his aerial ability and is certainly a long term prospect, but the manager will clearly be patient with such a costly addition.
In terms of investment the club also gave two year contract extensions to Stevie Chalmers and Sergey Nikiforenko, a move some fans are already questioning, particularly with Chalmers injured and Nikiforenko yet to produce performances of any note.
In other news the draw was made for next season's WPL Super Cup and the club has been drawn against Seabourne City, Prestatyn Town and Spondon Dynamos.
||Charscot made their first ever trip
to Super Stadium to face The Academy Reserves looking to
help their local rivals by beating the relegation
However, the hosts have shown a great fighting spirit after looking relegated for much of the season and that was on display as the Reserves won convincingly 3-0.
The match was an even one but the visitors just lacked the clinical finishing as their shooting was consistently wayward and the Reserves were happy to exploit this for a 3-0 win.
The loss dropped the Wolverines to 8th place and desperately looking for the season to end whilst their opponents moved 3 points clear of the relegation places.
Manager Rich Grove cut a forlorn figure post match. "The performance was simply unacceptable. No one likes losing but it is the manner of the defeat is very troubling as we never looked like even giving ourselves a chance with poor play in the final third of the pitch".
"It is time to have a long look at the squad with next week being the best week for listing players on the market. I could easily see someone being released to the market".
The news won't come as much of a surprise to the fans, who roundly booed their team at the end and the large bid on a player on the market, with his sale to end in 24 hours, is a clear sign the manager is at least considering changes.
||Charscot hosted high flying Carnbroe Rovers
with more than a glance being aimed at next season with
this season over as far as any success goes.
Rovers came to avoid defeat with five at the back and with the hosts not at their best a balanced goalless draw was the unsurprising result.
Both sides stay where they were before the match (seventh and second respectively) and whilst Rovers can look to hope to secure second place Charscot are simply waiting for a new season to start.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "Sadly I can't say too much about the match as it was so boring and meaningless I fell asleep multiple times. The fans looked sleepy at the final whistle so I can only assume they got as much rest as I did".
The only news of note was a two week injury to Gorka Larrea, who will be missed in a defence that has been very solid this month with four clean sheets out of five matches.
||Charscot were looking to continue their
late revival with the team winning without conceding in
all 3 matches this season.
Hosts Spondon had won the last 3 meetings between the sides and needed a win as they found themselves in bottom place.
The hosts' desire ultimately won out as they won 2-0 in a fairly even match, with two goals from substitute Nick Bonino.
The loss dropped the team to seventh place, whilst the Dynamos moved up a place to fifteenth.
Manager Rich Grove was unimpressed post-match. "After playing so well lately that performance was a long way off of what is expected at the club and we simply have to be better. We now return home to host second placed Carnbroe Rovers in a match that will be a very tough one despite our excellent record against them".
Behind the scenes recent arrival Ademir was rewarded for his early performances as the club were pleased to announce he was offered and signed a two year contract extension.
||Charscot travelled to Real Madrid looking
to complete a league double and guarantee no chance of
With the new tactics yet to be tested on the road the manager wasn't sure what to expect but as it turned out the Wolverines cruised to an easy 2-0 victory thanks to a quick first half double.
The scorers are both enjoying their more attacking roles as Delossantos headed in on 26 minutes before Lars Stock bundled over from close range five minutes later.
The win moved the team into fifth place and realistically assured of a top half finish. Second place is easily within range but top spot is long gone with St Joseph's BC all but Champions already.
Manager Rich Grove was happy post match. "A superb performance and one that is always appreciated when playing Real Madrid. Hopefully we can continue our run of good form through what is left of the season and look ahead to making a better challenge next season".
The team is taking shape for the new season as players continue to depart as part of pre-arranged deals, with the latest to leave being Alex Nikiforuk joining Dep El Celtico.
||Charscot hosted Balham Town looking to end
a poor overall record against the visitors knowing a loss
could drop the team towards the relegation battle.
The manager gave up on all his tried and tested tactics and tried something completely new and the team responded brilliantly, securing a 3-0 win to move into sixth position
The team made their superiority show in the second half. Lars Stock continues to enjoy his more attacking position in the side as he opened the scoring with a superb chip two minutes into the second half.
Jairzinho himself hit a sublime chip four minutes later to double the lead and end the contest.
Roman Madrescu, top scorer for Town despite playing in defence then inexplicably blasted home from close range as he miscued a clearance to make it 3-0 with the own goal.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "That was so much more than I had hoped of from the game and the way the team responded to the new tactics was great to see and over the coming weeks we will see if the team continue to find the new orders as fun as they clearly did today".
||Charscot traveled to Broomhall Tigers
desperate to maintain the recent run of wins against
Tigers, that had reahced 8 prior to kick off.
With the relegation places looming larger in the rear mirror the Wolverines knew this was a must win game and the team responded accordingly, recording a strong 2-0 win.
Sandor Kocics scored early in the second half with a magnificent shot from a 30 yard free kick.
Recent arrival Ademir scored his first goal for the club, taking just 8 minutes after coming on to head in from close range.
The win moved the team to 8th place but the gap to the bottom three is a mere two wins with nine games remaining.
Manager Rich Grove was relieved but cautious after the match. "A very impressive performance today and with Jose Maria returning next week things are starting to look up for the team. However, we return home to host Balham Town, a team we have a poor record against and a loss next week will see us move a step closer to relegation so we need to be fully focused for the match".
One bright spot was the club's confirmation of finding a potential star youth midfielder. It looks like he lacks the speed to be a Charscot player long term but he should raise a pretty sum on the auction market after training, assuming no deal is found for him in the meantime.
||Charscot returned home to host local rivals
Rivendell with the season on life support.
The Wolverines have been in freefall for a while and Rivendell could smell blood.
After a tense first half Rivendell went ahead early in the second half.
The experiment with Lars Stock up front continues to bring dividends as he equalised with a fantastic drive from distance after 64 minutes.
However, the Charscot team have been weak for a while and they threw away a point as they allowed Chilavert to break through for the winner with eight minutes left on the clock.
The loss sees the team down to tenth place and now just four points clear of a relegation spot. The season has completely crashed after it seemed the team had recovered to challenge and the manager was fuming afterwards -
"This is completely unacceptable. The players are sleepwalking into a relegation battle and if we don't start winning immediately we are likely to find ourselves playing at a lower level next season and this bunch will deserve it if it happens".
The movements behind the scenes continue afoot and further deals are expected as the manager offloads the under performing players with a view to getting back to challenging at the right end of the table next season, assuming relegation can be avoided.
||Charscot faced two hard road trips with the
season on life support.
With the league seemingly beyond the side's clutches the focus was on the cup match. The team travelled to Division One side Seabourne City, a side comprised of top quality players and with a manager who matches up with the best.
The manager experimented hoping to produce a dominating, winning display but the reality was the team failed to make the most of the chances they created in an open match and went down 3-2.
It started brightly enough as Jose maria scored in his fifth successive match, with a magnificent free kick on 18 minutes.
However, the hosts hit back within a minute before taking the lead on 41 minutes.
Lars Stock continues to show an appreciation of his new attacking role as he headed in an equaliser eleven minutes into the second half.
The match looked like going into extra time before City scored a sublime winner with five minutes remaining.
The exit from the cup resulted in a subdued side that played against Salford City. Charscot's recent form against Salford has been poor and today's defeat was the fourth on the trot with the team only having a tap in after a mazy dribble from Sandor Kocsis to show for their efforts.
The 2-1 loss saw the team plummet from fifth to ninth and dangerously only seven points clear of relegation, which the manager saying "we simply have to get the points needed to avoid a relegation battle as quickly as possible".
He went on to say "this has been a poor week in a poor season where we have little to show for our efforts, which have clearly not been sufficient as we have been found lacking far too often".
"We now can only do our best to assure survival and then look forward to a clean slate and a new season".
To compound the team's woes ace goalscorer Jose Maria picked up a 3 week injury, and this was followed by no less than five other injuries, including a 24 week lay off for Stevie Chalmers due to a pulled hamstring. Although Chalmers was no expected to be a regular in the starting line up yet the loss of his services for so long is still a blow.
The only small glimmer of good news was the confirmation that defender Goka Larrea has completed his training.
||Charscot hosted high flying Beeston
Athletic in a local derby that has been an excellent
fixture for Charscot over the years. With 8 wins and a
draw from the nine previous meetings even a draw was going
to feel disappointing, and in the circumstances that
frustration was even greater than anticipated.
The match saw Charscot dominate with Jose Maria scoring for the fourth consecutive match with a simple tap in.
Athletic struggled to get out of their own half but were rewarded on a rare attack as the referee gave a penalty when it appeared Sutter was pushed in the box.
Alain Sutter stepped up to score with the team's only shot on target in the entire match.
The draw leaves the team in fifth place, and although the gap to top spot reduced to six points the manager felt it was a chase they weren't up to.
"I just can't see us making a run at top spot as the players have shown an inconsistency that strikes every time we look to push on and challenge. At best we have the cup to chase and that may end with a hard trip to Seabourne next week".
A busy week for the manager as out of the blue a number of personnel changes were confirmed.
It was no secret the manager has been looking to reduce numbers down and the opportunity to see another ex-player return to the club.
After seeing Thorbjorn Svenssen return having left in the deal for Baily Cargill the manager re-acquired the other player who left in that deal, Ademir. Both left as promising youth players and after their manager at A.F.C Binfield did a good job helping their progress they return to the club two seasons later looking a lot closer to the finished article.
Ademir's return has been facilitated by the release of Valentino Van Drunen and Matej Sindelar to A.F.C Binfield. Valentino also returns to his old club after a mixed career at Charscot. He was a very good goalscorer when he was first at the club before injuries and frequent losses of form hurt him as he failed to hold down a regular spot.
Matej has been a very consistent player and this has been his only season to be affected by a loss in form. However, with a number of younger players pushing for a starting position it was felt best for all parties if he was given the chance to play regular for a quality side like A.F.C Binfield, who will be back in the top flight next seaosn challenging for the league title.
The manager also confirmed the remainder of the package that sees Svenssen stay at the club rather than move to Dep El Celtico. After already confirming Alex Nikiforuk would be joining the local rivals the announcement was made that Joao Francisco Espinosa will join Dep El in the next month or so.
||Charscot travelled to Wascisco Red Sox
feeling the season is over in the league and knowing just
picking up the odd win here or there should ensure safety.
The manager decided to experiment and with a new formation (that harks back to decades ago) the team looked unsure in the first half and after a team talk at half time the players responded well scoring within 3 minutes of the restart.
Lars Stock's magnificent header put the Wolverines ahead as the player rewarded the manager's faith in placing him in attack with a goal.
The hosts pulled the teams level on 73 minutes but Charscot went straight down the other end with Jose Maria, who else, hitting a spectacular shot from 30 yards.
The win moved the team up to fifth place as they return home to face third placed Beeton Athletic in another local derby next week.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say after the match. "Solid win but I expected more of the team the way we were set up. More experimenting will happen for the rest of this season with us focused on a cup run at this point".
Midfielder Willian Da Silva left the club after spending four weeks on the auction market, joining Cair Cavarel of the WS for just over £ 22.2million. The bid was higher than predicted and it is believed more players will go on between now and the end of the season as the manager looks to offload the under-performers.
||Charscot faced a big week as the team had
what amounted to a last chance to keep tabs with the top
two, whilst also facing a hard cup tie at fellow top
flight side Wascisco Red Sox.
The league match was to prove a letdown for a third consecutive week as the team's season appears to have ended in terms of any title challenge.
St Joseph's BC quickly took a two goal lead as the home side stuttered at the back and even though Jose Maria his a superb lob just before the half hour mark the next hour was to prove frustrating as the Wolverines couldn't find another goal.
The loss leaves the team in sixth place but now nine points adrift of leaders The Academy.
The team quickly bounced back as they went to Wascisco in the live television match of the week and won a tense battle in a penalty shoot out.
Ricario Sanchez scored his first professional goal with a fine header on 33 minutes and a Art Monk equaliser on 70 minutes meant an extra half hour with no change in scoreline.
The penalty shootout saw both keepers in fine form as Charscot won it 2-1 with Delossantos and Maria scoring from the spot.
Manager Rich Grove was disappointed after the matches. "Not a good performance against BC at all. We created a decent amount of chances but our finishing was nowhere near to the standards we expect and when you miss a lot of chances there is always the danger you will lose."
"Glad we got through in the cup as that look like being our focus now, assuming we don't get dragged into a relegation battle".
The fans will be keeping a close eye on the auction market as Willian Da Silva leaves on Thursday. The bidding is already at £ 21million and rumours are that there are still a couple of managers contemplating bids, possibly more.
||Charscot have flattered to deceive, getting
close to the top sides without actually looking like truly
challenging, and today's match continued that trend of
false hopes as the team could only draw with Prestatyn
Town, a side that has struggled for results lately.
The result could have been even worse after Town took the lead on 52 minutes and the Wolverines needed Rob Rensenbrink tap in from close range on the hour to salvage a point.
The draw dropped the side to sixth place and six points adrift of new leaders The Academy at the half way point in the season.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say after the match. "Not good enough, simple as that. If we can't beat sidesl ike Town on our own pitch we cannot expect to be anywhere near the top six, never mind challenging for the title. Very disappointed to say the least.
A quiet week as the manager is considering his options, with just Espinosa extending his contract after joining the club last week.
||Charscot travelled to Shaolin F.C knowing
that this would not be the usual easy 3 points that
Shaolin were known for gifting the Wolverines over the
With the hosts in fourth to Charscot's fifth the winner was expected to move into the top 3 and this was to be proven true as Shaolin won 2-1 and moved into third whilst Charscot remain fifth but lost a lot of ground at the top.
It started brightly for Charscot as Jose Maria scored from close range after 21 minutes but two goals in ten minutes shortly before half time turned the game on it's head.
Manager Rich Grove looked unimpressed afterwards. "Just not good enough against a side we have usually had the better of. This team feels like it is missing something and we need to discover that quality we are missing before this season either peters out to nothing or even worse, turns into a relegation battle."
The expected transfer business was concluded with Kunitz leaving, Espinosa arriving and Nikiforuk going out on loan.
Recent arrivals Nikiforuk and Zizinho both signed one year extensions despite being each sent out on loan and it is hoped they will make the most of their opportunities whilst out on loan.
||Charscot hosted fellow form side The
Academy looking to inflict only the second defeat of the
season on the visitors.
The Wolverines have an exceptional record against The Academy but that looked ot mean little when Fabrice put The Academy one up on the quarter hour mark.
The hosts' recent form has been based on being more resolute though and it took little time for the pressure to tell as Louis Fredrike put through his own net whilst trying to clear a corner on 31 minutes.
Seven minutes later Jose Maria scored his 75th club goal with a spectacular shot from 30 yards. This goal was to prove to be the winner as Maria moved into second place on the all-time club scoring records and is eleven goals away from being the club's greatest goalscorer ever.
The win moved the team up just one place, to fifth, but with most of the top clubs struggling this week Charscot are just two points adrift of top spot.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy afterwards. "That's a great win against a great team and manager that will be challenging at the top as they always seem to do in recent seasons. We now make the trip to Shaolin, another team in good form, and if we can win that game we will be in a very good position considering the poor start to the season".
Behind the scenes there was a small blip in the surprise deal announced last week with Nikiforuk arriving but Espinosa not arriving for a couple more days with Kunitz also leaving later than planned in a couple of days. Rumours the manager is regretting the deal have not been confirmed although the manager would admit to being cautious about whether he made the right decision.
Alex Nikiforuk for his part will be going out on loan next Monday to get some much needed game time.
||Charscot travelled to local rivals Ziaste
Nequeno looking to win a fourth consecutive match and a
sixth against the hosts.
With the season starting to turn around a solid performance saw the team record a 2-1 win to move into sixth position.
Rob Rensenbrink scored his first of the season with an exquisite chip on 25 minutes.
Lars Stock doubled the lead with a drive from fifteen yards five minutes later.
Ziaste scored early in the second half and then hit the bar before Charscot regained control of the match and played out the final minutes for an important win.
Manager Rich Grove was happy afterwards and announced some surprise news to the club's fans. "That was a good performance and now we face a hard test at home to second placed The Academy, if we can beat them we can genuinely look at ourselves as a top side focused on a title tilt, anything less and we are just also-rans".
The manager continued to talk and make the surprise announcement. "We have today agreed a deal that sees Chris Kunitz leave the club, rejoining his old club Kilburn United in the WS. In a change in club policy we have agreed to let him go for not one but two attackers and not our usual all brilliant skilled players. Alex Nikiforuk will need some work and will go out on loan next week, whilst Joao Francisco Espinosa returns to us and will be making a move to play up front immediately".
"We have struggled lately for goals and the plan is to see if players who are ONLY suited to an attacker's role can fare any better than all bril players. If successful then we will have more goalscorers going forward, if the experiment fails then we just need to train up Joao and move Alex on. It is hopefully an experiment with upside and no downside but only time will tell".
||Charscot faced The Academy Reserves for the
first time in their history and the timing was perfect
with the hosts finally hitting some form whilst the
Reserves find themselves 16th in their first top flight
Charscot were to prove too strong as early goals in each half from Gorka Larrea (his first for the club) and Sandor Kocsis were enough to record a 2-0 win and move into 8th place.
Larrea's fine drive from distance and Ko9csis' diving header were more than enough for the win as the team kept another clean sheet and looked to push into the top half of the table next week.
Manager Rich Grove was relived afterwards. "A first meeting is always tricky and the Reserves are better than their current position so this was a good win and if we can go to struggling local rivals Ziaste Nequeno and extend our winning run we can start to look towards the top 3 with any luck".
With the squad fairly settled going forward a couple of loans were announced, with Zizinho going to Castle Rock Furies for the remainder of the season today and after today;s match it was confirmed that Matej Sindelar will be spending the rest of this season on loan at Southpool.
||Charscot travelled to second placed
Carnbroe Rovers feeling the pressure as the team hovers
over the relegation.
The team responded with a controlled performance, taking the win with a 24th minute penalty from Lars Stock after Jose Maria was manhandled in the area.
The win only moved the team up two places in a very tight division.
Manager Rich Grove seemed happy afterwards. "That was a good result against a team having a good season. We now have to make the most of this result by beating a team struggling at the bottom, The Academy Reserves, otherwise the hard work will be for nothing".
In a week when the club's team ratings finally both reached brilliant the only other news was the arrival of Zizinho from Kilburn United of the WS. After nearly two seasons of training he will now go out on loan to get some games under his belt.
||Charscot travelled to Division 3 side Avlon
Villa for a first ever meeting knowing a defeat on current
form was a distinct possibility.
The hosts put in a hard working performance, taking the game into extra time and with just three minutes left before a penalty shootout Jairzinho headed home from a corner to spare the Wolverines any further anxiety.
Manager Rich Grove was relived post match. "This looked like a perfect cup shock with the respective sides having very different form so I am pleased we have progressed. All credit to the hosts, who put in a very good performance and took us almost to penalties, they are a credit to their division and hopefully they will promote this season".
In the WPL Suepr Cup Charscot won the also-rans game against Longfield K.L.F 1-0 as Jairzinho scored his second winner of the week.. The win was actually a bad thing as it meant Charscot's hopes of taking the worst team prize of
£ 1million vanished. Longfield can still win the prize by losing again next week.
Behind the scenes it was confiremd that after almost two season's of training Zizinho will finally be arriving at the club from Kilburn United of the WS league next Monday. He is expected to be sent out on loan immediately to help perfect his skills.
||Charscot were looking to build on their
excellent win over the Champions last week as they hosted
bottom side Spondon Dynamos. Spondon had not recorded a
win all season and the fans turned up expecting a home
However, the visitors were to take a 1-0 win with a smash and grab performance that left the manager angry and disappointed.
Manager Rich Grove blasted afterwards - "That isn't acceptable. We have to beat struggling sides or else we will continue to be one of those struggling sides ourselves. We have made things hard for ourselves this season and considering how poor the division has been, with no side showing themsleves to be in a class of their own, this is simply unacceptable".
"We have a cup match nbext week and after that a very hard match at second placed Carnbroe Rovers and we have to use the next week to try and get back to playing the way we can. Anything less and changes will have to be made".
The loss actually resulted in the team moving up a place and only dropping one point further adrift of the top club. However, relegation is very realistic right now and the team has to improve it's play, particularly in the final third.
The team failed again in the WPL Super Cup, playing out a meaningless 1-1 draw at Longfield KLF.
||Charscot returned home for the first of two
crucial home matches as the team looks to get the season
going in the right direction.
Before facing the only win-less team in the division, Spondon, next week the team faced reigning Champions Real Madrid. The visitors had made a solid start to the season with just one loss and with only six points separating top and 13th placed Charscot a winning run is needed.
Charscot took a potentially crucial three points courtesy of Callum Wilson's first goal for the club. His superb seventh minute lob was enough to grab a win in a game of few chances.
The win changed nothing in the table, with the team still 13th and still 6 points adrift of top spot. However the manager was still delighted afterwards.
"An enormous win for us" Rich Grove proclaimed. "We are in danger of becoming stuck in a relegation battle and a win this week after a pathetic performance last week was exactly what we needed. We now have to build on this with games against the bottom two in the next three league games. If we can get a winning run going we can hopefully move into a challenging position".
The team's last slim chance at staying in the WPL Super Cup vanished with a 3-1 loss at Beeston Athletic making the remaining games a futile exercise.
||Charscot travelled to Balham Town knowing a
win could propel the team into the top half, at a ground
where the team hadn't lost in their last five visits.
These hopes were shortlived as the hosts were very clinical with their opportunities and recorded a thumping 4-0 win in what was otherwise an even match up.
The result leaves the team one place outside the bottom three but just two wins adrift of top spot as still no side looks to grab control at the top.
Manager Rich Grove was left bewildered afterwards. "Hard to know what to say on a day like today. Clearly need to go back to the drawing board and look at what we are doing. Our efforts at present aren't good enough and we simply have to start winning matches with two home games coming up if we want to avoid going into Division One".
With the Super Cup games inexplicably not played due to issues with the paperwork across the county the only other news was James Barnes signing a two year contract extension.
||Charscot welcomed Broomhall Tigers to The
Blue Silver Stadium looking to extend the team's winning
run against the Tigers to six matches.
With Charscot's season being poor to date those hopes dropped when the Tigers scored on 13 minutes.
However, the team came back strongly scoring 3 in22 minutes to record a 3-1 win and move up to 10th place.
Jose Maria drove in from close range on 27 minutes and with the last kick of the half Jairzinho scored from close range after taking the ball around the keeper.
Baily Cargill, making his season debut, then scored four minutes into the second half to end the match as a contest.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "That is the sort of clinical performance we need to be producing far more often, particularly away from home, if we want to challenge this year. With the sides above us all struggling the table has closed up considerably and despite being tenth we are only five points off of top spot despite a poor start to the season".
"We now have a hard match at Balham Town, and we need to return with at least a point from the game".
In the Super Cup the team are realistically looking at another group stage exit as they lost 2-1 at Dutch Uncles, with Stock's late goal of scant consolation.
Lars Stock did delight the fans further with the announcement of a new three year contract extension signed by him to ensure his future is with the club.
||Charscot made the short trip to Rivendell
knowing another loss would probably see the team drop into
the bottom three.
With such a poor record against the hosts hopes were not high in the Wolverines camp.
The match itself ended up being an anti-climax as two struggling sides played out a goalless draw.
The result did little for either side's hopes for the season as Charscot stay 12th and Rivendell move into 11th place.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "Still not at the level we need to be at but after our recent matches a draw almost feels like a win. We return home next week to host Broomhall Tigers, a side we have an exceptional record against, and hopefully we can get back to winning ways".
The Super Cup match was postponed after the visitor's coach was caught in traffic on the motorway. A new date for the match has been arranged for four weeks time.
||Charscot hosted Salford City F.C knowing a
loss would mean last season's dire start was still being
completely replicated this season.
The visitors had to be confident as Charscot have not impressed, and that confidence was well rewarded as a subdued performance from the hosts resulted in a 2-0 away win.
Whilst the game was far from impressive the visitors did enough and Charscot now find themselves in 12th position and 3 losses already.
Manager Rich Grove was frustrated afterwards. "I am fed up with these poor starts and underpeforming so-called stars. I have tried tweaking the line up but the useless wasters don't seem to care whether they play or not. I will try a few more things next week for the trip to Rivendell and if we continue to put in such garbage performances then it may well be time to offload this useless bunch and try for a more basic set of players".
The team contrived to lose 3-1 at home to Beeston in the Super Cup and already find themselves in danger of another group exit from the competition.
The only transfer business lined up is Dukic's departure to Dep El, who now have room to train their youth buy, so he will leave next week. More transfer deals could be imminent if things don't improve.
||Charscot made the short trip to Beeston
Athletic aware this season is in danger of replicating the
poor start of last season.
Those concerns seem even more valid after a derby loss that leaves the team with 3 points from 3 games and in the midst of a losing run that will kill any title hopes very quickly if not arrested.
It all looked so bright when Jose Maria scored from close range after just forty seconds but the hosts fought back in the second half to win 2-1 and send Charscot down to tenth position after three games.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match. "Simply not good enough. We have a squad that should be challenging and yet every season they play like amateurs and put themselves in trouble. Changes will be made and if that doesn't work then a change of player type at the club will be the next step as w may move away from the all brilliant players".
The team followed this loss with a 1-0 home loss to Dutch Uncles in the WPL Suepr Cup.
The only bright spot on the week was Ricario Sanchez becoming a perfect player with his second skill improvement within five weeks of joining the club. Ricario celebrated by signing a one year extension and rumours are that he may be involved next week.
||Charscot hosted Wascisco Red Sox looking to
repeat last season's 3 goal win and bounce back from the
opening day loss.
The visitors were looking to build on an opening day draw but were no match for the hosts who tore them apart, winning 3-0 in a game that could have been far more embarrassing for the Sox.
The strikers are still looking for their first goal but it didn't matter as the defence chipped in with two and the midfield with another.
Delossantos' magnificent header on 19 minutes gave the team a deserved half time lead which was quickly doubled by Lars Stock's header from distance four minutes into the second half.
Sandor Kocsis smashed home from 18 yards on 78 minutes to complete the scoring.
The team moved up to fifth place with the win as only one team, promoted Prestatyn Town, has a 100% record after two games.
Manager Rich Grove was clearly delighted after the match. "That was a great performance, particularly for so early in the season, and hopefully we can avoid last season's run of losses at this time of the season and build and look towards the top rather than the bottom. We have a hard game at local rivals Beeston next week, and they are undefeated and directly above us in the table so a win would be a very good sign for the season".
A fairly quiet week behind the scenes as the team prepares for the start of the Super Cup next week and the manager looks to offload no less than five foreign players.
Also expected to leave on loan is Chris Kunitz, who is going to join Zakreze F.C for the remainder of the season.
||Charscot travelled to St Joseph's BC
looking to avenge last season's 4-0 loss that set the tone
for the early weeks of the season as the team lost five of
their first six.
However, the hosts were more than happy to take the three points again in an even game, won courtesy of a 31st Carlos drive.
The result sees Charscot already in a relegation position in 14th and this is another bad start to the season.
Manager Rich Grove was subdued post-match. "Had a feeling we would lose again today and this result is typical of our early season performances - even game, can't find the net and end up losing. We have to beat Wascisco next week and then look to avoid a urn of losses like last season".
Wascisco travel to The Blue Silver Stadium still looking to win there at their ninth attempt and the hosts will hope they can get their first win of the season.
The draw for the S.L.F.A Cup was made today and the Wolverines travel to Avlon Villa, long time basement club of the WPL, who are now a rejuvenated side under the tutelage of Chris Hinchley.
The manager moved to protect the club's future by getting Rob Rensenbrink and Sandor Kocsis to sign two year extensions to their contracts. It is understood the prospect Ricario Sanchez will be made a similar offer this coming week.
||Charscot travelled to relegated Vanbrugh
Royals hoping to finish the season with a win and hope
results elsewhere would result in a top 3 finish.
The game was a non-contest as Charscot dominated for the entire match but had to settle for just a third minute goal from Lars Stock with a spectacular 30 yarder.
Results elsewhere meant the team moved up two places to finish third, a decent result considering the atrocious start to the season and hopes will be high the team can make a better start next season and look for a third title in five seasons.
Manager Rich Grove was looking ahead at the final whistle. "Not the season we wanted clearly, but we recovered the situation fairly well in the end and will be doing all we can to start stronger next season".
In a normal season there would be a few records broken, be it good or bad, but on this season no records were troubled in a season that was either very up or very down but neither for long enough to threaten the records.
It was left to the fans to award the Player of the Year awards and nominate the new entries into the club's Hall of Fame.
Player of the Year was won convincingly by Jose Maria, whose goals wee fundamental in saving the season when he returned to the side after injury.
The Youth player of the Year award went to Steven Seeger, who whilst clearly not a star did give his all and the fans respected his efforts.
It was a reflection of the patchy season that only one player was involved in all of the club's games at first team or youth level, Jairzinho. Jairzinho failed to start just one game, coming on as a substitute and his performances alongside Maria were crucial to putting the club nearer the top than bottom.
Two players made their way into the Hall of Fame as Baily Cargill's solid performances were rewarded, alongside Sandor Kocsis, who whilst not prolific from midfield is reliable.
One deal that had been held back was completed as Gorka Larrea arrived from new Champions Real Madrid.
||Charscot hosted mid-table Shaolin F.C
knowing nothing but a win would do to keep any slim title
Hosting Shaolin has proven to be an easy three points over the years but today was a complete reverse as despite being a fairly even match the visitors were on fire in the final third and recorded a 4-0 scoreline that surprised most.
Results elsewhere had actually gone the club's way and a win would have meant the team being one point and place off of top spot going into the final week. The reality however is the team dropped to fifth and have only feint chance of a top 3 finish at all.
Manager Rich Grove was less than pleased afterwards. "The scoreline may have flattered our opponents in some respects but the reality is you get what you deserve and in such a big match to be so comprehensively beaten is unacceptable. Next week we can change very little but there will certainly be changes for the new season as we need to get back to being genuine title challengers and not just being on the periphery".
After looking like any deals were unlikely out of the blue a deal was agreed with Seabourne City. Talks had stalled a few weeks earlier but with other deals having taken place in the meantime a window re-opened. As it was the deal was agreed in minutes with Ricario Sanchez and Miroslav Dukic arriving from Seabourne. Sanchez is expected to have a long future at the club, whilst Dukic will be trained at the club until his parent club, Dep El Celtico, have room to train him.
Leaving the club is Radoslaw Majewski, who is understood to be excited to have an opportunity to show his abilities.
Others were however shown their support with new contracts being signed by legend Jose Maria and Gianpiero Combi. Combi received a year whilst Maria got a four year extension and he is now under contract until near the end of his age 33 year and will unodubtedly see this contract out and at leats one more.
||Charscot travelled to third placed The
Academy knowing a win would move the side back into the
top 3 and with the hosts suffering their usual late season
loss of form hopes were high.
As it was to prove those hopes were appropriate as Charscot recorded a 2-1 win to edge into third place with two games to go.
It took Jose Maria just four minutes to open the scoring from close range and Joshua Npowa hit a brilliant free kick from 25 yards to make it 2-0 before the half hour mark.
Matej Sindelar scored an unfortunate own goal as the ball rebounded off of the post before hitting him and going into the net but the visitors kept their composure to take the three points.
The win sees the side trailing second place on goal difference by a solitary goal with leaders Real looking in control, four points clear with just two games remaining.
The team could easily drop a number of places but will hope playing their "lucky" opponents Shaolin F.C will help maintain their current position.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "That was a very good win against a very good side to complete the double over them. We have to keep aiming for wins to at least try and grab second place if possible and at worst to drop no lower than third place."
Behind the scenes moves are being made to prepare the squad for the new season with contract extensions being signed by Rip Van Rioja, Willian Da Silva, Mahmoud El-Khatib (all two years) with new arrivals Stevie Chalmers and Sergey Nikiforenko signing one year extensions.
Club scoring machine Jose Maria is expected to sign a four year extension next week whilst keeper Jess Hall departs for Wascisco Red Sox as he looks to get more game time.
||Charscot hosted local rivals Ziaste Nequeno
with nothing to play for and the manager trying out some
different tactics along with giving a club debut to 18
year old keeper Gianpiero Combi.
Combi's debut went well, as he claimed the man of the match award as the hosts won 1-0 with substitute Rob Rensenbrink scoring with a superb close range volley.
This was Rensenbrink's eighth goal for the club, his sixth from off the bench.
The win moved the team up to fourth place and just four points off of top spot.
Manager Rich Grove was frustrated after the match. "It's become quite clear with the top clubs spluttering through recent weeks that the title was there to be grabbed but sadly we weren't able to make the run required when it really counted and it feels like, much like two years ago, that we will finish frustratingly close to top spot without ever looking likely to actually finish there".
The team now travels to third place side The Academy, whose recent form with the title up for grabs has been poor with far too many draws. If the team wants a top 3 finish at leats a point, if not all three, will be required.
With the season almost over the final moves were made in preparation for a fresh start with club legend Kierrison and Henrik Larsson being allowed to join local rivals Dep El Celtico. Arriving in their place are prospects Sergey Nikiforenko and Stevie Chalmers.
The deal made sense for both clubs with Charscot having no trainees and Dep El having too many and Celtico were in need of "star" quality to try and return to the top flight after what has proven to be a disappointing campaign this season.
A smaller deal saw youth keeper Joe Wilkinson leave for Champions-elect Real Madrid. Joe is expected to help his new club next season as they once again have some top quality youths to train and in lieu of the lost revenue from his value the club has had the fee for Gorka Larrea (due to sign in the next fortnight) from Real reduced by £ 400,000.
The manager had looked to offload Chris Kunitz but after weeks of negotiations and even an attempt to offload for a club record fee on the auction market it has become clear the right deal for the club isn't out there at present. With that in mind Chris will be staying at the club and it is understood he is looking forward to proving the manager wrong about his usefulness going forward.
||Charscot travelled to relegation threatened
Long Eaton Archers with nothing to play for with the title
defence long gone
and a top 3 spot possible but looking less likely by the week.
Archers simply had to win to have any real shot of staying up but the match was to be a fairly one-sided one with the visitors dominating for long periods.
Emiliano Delossantos gave Charscot the lead fifteen minutes in and Archers got a flukey equaliser twelve minutes later.
That was to be the only scoring and on better form Charscot would have won this game convincingly given the chances created.
The draw sends Charscot down to fifth place with four games left.
Manager Rich Grove was brief afterwards. "This has been a poor season, and we need to make a far better start from week 1 onwards to avoid another poor season and as such we are trying to get the deals all sorted now. We have tow in and two out next week and another still to come from leaders Real Madrid and barring a change of mind over the next week that will be it. If anyone is to be listed on the market it will be next Monday but odds are against that now".
||Charscot hosted Rhyl F.C knowing a win
would relegate their recent title rivals. Rhyl had already
accepted their relegation, as reflected by the 8 man
defence they have played in the past couple of games.
When Matej Sindelar chipped a superb opener on six minutes the match was over as a contest with Rhyl showing no threat going forward and the match petered out to finish 1-0.
The win moved the team back into fourth place with five games left but this was little consolation for the manager.
"Nothing to get excited about it has to be said as we are going through the motions and I simply cannot wait for the new season to start now".
"We have a couple of players leaving and three players coming in over the next two to three weeks and hopefully they will bring a freshness to the squad".
||Charscot travelled to Spondon Dynamos with
confidence low and zero to play for and it showed in a
lackluster display as the team lost it's third straight
match, this time 2-0.
There was nothing to separate the sides for long periods but with Charscot looking goal shy once behind in the tenth minute the result seemed a formality.
The loss dropped the side to seventh place and with just six matches left all focus is on being prepared for next season.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say after the match. "We have simply been too poor in recent weeks after getting ourselves into position to challenge we have crashed and burned and next season can't come soon enough. We now have a handful of weeks to look to freshen the squad for a new challenge and it appears we are close to a multi-player deal, as well as a deal for Real's Gorka Larrea, who should arrive in the next few weeks".
That deal for Larrea sees the new foreign youth find and Da Silva (currently training at Chaddesden Celtic) join Real whilst it is hoped Larrea won't take too long to finish his training.
||Charscot's trip to leaders Real Madrid was
the team's last chance to make a run at retaining the
title and they weren't up to the challenge.
A season that started atrociously is ending in the same manner as the team lost again, this time 1-0, and dropped down to fifth position.
Manager Rich Grove was left looking to the future post match. "Our title hopes realistically have been over for a while and next season can't come soon enough. We are looking ahead and over the next week or so plans will be finalised to make sure we hopefully can make a better challenge next season".
The one bright spot on the week was the finding of a potential youth star. His pace is slightly lacking, and he looks like a bargaining chip or a auction market money generator and for now the manager will field offers.
||Charscot hosted Balham Town knowing
anything less than a win would end the team's hopes of
challenging for the title with games running out.
Town have been a thorn in the host's side in recent seasons and so it proved again today as they recorded a 2-1 away win.
Charscot were two down in the first fifteen minutes and a Jose Maria thunderbolt from 15 yards just past the half hour was all the hosts had to show for their efforts.
The loss sends Charscot six adrift of Real Madrid, who the team travel to next week, whilst remaining in third place.Manager Rich Grove conceded the challenge after the match. "We have done very well to even be in the race after such a poor start to the season but realistically our challenge is over. We only have 3 home matches left and still have to travel to Real, second placed The Academy and top six side Spondon. That is simply not a set of fixtures that we are likely to keep winning through, and that is what is needed now".
Thoughts now turn to next season and rumours abound the club may look to reduce the size of the squad, which is already too large and has another two players arriving during next season (Zizinho and Da Silva).
One player not leaving is Baily Cargill, who signed a 2 year extension this week.
||Charscot travelled to Broomhall Tigers
knowing that a win was paramount with the two sides above
them playing each other and ground had to be made up on at
least one team.
The team's record at Tigers is good, having won convincingly on recent visits and whilst not as big a win as the most recent encounters the team did record a solid 2-0 win.
Jairzinho's tap in on 17 minutes was followed by James Barnes' first for the club, a sublime 20 yard chip, seven minutes later and that was enough to record a decent win.
Leaders Real lost for the first time this season allowing Charscot to close to within three points and with the Wolverines still having to travel to the top two the opportunity is there, albeit slight, to overcome an atrocious start to the season with some glory.
Manager Rich Grove was happy but wary post match. "That was a very good win against a strong Tiger's side and whilst we didn't match the heights in performance that we had last week it was a good result all the same. We now host jinx side Balham Town next week before traveling to Real Madrid and the next two weeks could have an enormous bearing on where the season goes from here".
||Charscot saw their title hopes take an
almost certain irrevocable backward step with a loss last
week and following up with a home game against second
placed Rivendell could either prove to kill any last
sliver of hope or give the team a boost.
As it was the players pout in the best performance of the season as they totally outclassed Rivendell, who left incredibly fortunate to only lose 2-0 to a Jose Maria brace.
Jose's first half brace came courtesy of a diving header and a magnificent free kick from 30 yards but didn't represent the chasm that separated the sides on the day.
The win moved the team into a season high third place but still six points adrift of top placed Real Madrid with a third of the season left.
Manager Rich Grove could not contain his delight after the match. "That performance was utterly superb. I couldn't be prouder of the players today. If we had won by six that would have properly reflected the exceptional performance our players put on for the fans. A title shot seems unlikely frankly but at least we can hopefully entertain the fans".
Two players committed their short term futures as Callum Wilson and Radoslaw Majewski both signed one year extensions.
||Charscot traveled to Salford City F.C
knowing they had to avoid defeat to keep alive their title
chances. Despite the excellent unbeaten run the reality
was that the Wolverines had benefited from playing
struggling sides through much of the run and facing
Salford and then Rivendell next week was always likely to
make or break the season.
The 1-0 defeat for Charscot looks to have ended any title hopes, with an equally good run of wins needed again to give the team any chance.
On the day Charscot played poorly, looking lost in the final third and not creating anywhere near enough to warrant a point or more.
The loss sees the team drop to fifth and six poin ts adrift of top spot. Second is still up for grabs, with just a two point gap to next week's opponents Rivendell who currently occupy the psot. However, the manager has always made it clear all that matters is top spot ultimately.
Manager Rich Grove looked despondent afterwards. "Not a good performance by us and it hurts us badly as our good run gave us a seemingly false hope of success out of what begun as an atrocious season. The reality is we should be pleased the run took us away from any potential relegation struggle and we now return home and simply have to beat Rivendell or else it will be 10 long weeks of experimentation with an eye on next season".
||Charscot hosted local rivals Beeston
Athletic looking to extend both their current excellent
run and also their excellent record over Athletic at The
Blue Silver Stadium.
In 8 previous home meetings Charscot had taken 22 points from Beeston and with the hosts having 25 points out of the last 27 available hopes were high of another win.
The match was decided in the first half as Charscot proved deadly in front of goal.
Sandor Kocsis's header after nine minutes was quickly followed by a bizarre own goal from Josip Simunic.
Lars Stock, thriving in his new attacking role, hit a spectacular volley from the edge of the box on 40 minutes before Athletic scored through Vayrynen.
Athletic had the slight edge in play but the hosts had done all they needed and played out a quiet second half to maintain the 3-1 scoreline.
The win keeps Charscot fourth but now just three points off of top spot as the team now face an enormous fortnight.
The team travels to fifth placed Salford next week before returning home to play second placed Rivendell.
Manager Rich Grove was happy post match. "That was an efficient performance as we made the most of our chances. We need to continue to replicate last season's run at this stage and if we do we can turn an atrocious start to the season into a truly great comeback".
||Charscot traveled to local rivals Wascisco
Red Sox looking to maintain their recent impressive run
against a faltering local rival.
The match itself was a balanced affair but Charscot's quality in the attacking third proved the difference maker as Captain Jose Maria's brace (a tap in followed by a late exquisite lob) and Lars Stock's drive resulted in a 3-1 win.
The win moved the team back into fourth place and to within four points of the new league leaders Rivendell.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "That was a very pleasing performance against a side with a really bad manager. We exploited his ineptitude to take an important 3 points. I was very pleased to see Lars Stock thrive in his new more attacking role and his hard work was deservedly rewarded with a goal".
"We now return home for another local derby, this time against Beeston Athletic, a team we have thrived against with 7 wins and a draw from eight matches against them at pour place. A win is simply paramount".
Just hours after lamenting an inability to get any deals done the club confirmed a deal has been agreed ! Arriving from A.F.C Binfield is rising star Callum Wilson, who is expected to make an immediate push for a starting spot and sees the club add another player who can have a long career with the club and guarantee a standard of quality can be maintained for some time to come.
Leaving the club is Harry Arter who re-joins his previous manager from his RH days at his manager's WPL side. Arter has proven a success for the Wolverines, playing 142 games and scoring 11 goals, primarily from defence.
Also leaving the club will be a further two players towards the end of the season after the club has continued to train them in the interim.
||Charscot hosted St Joseph's BC looking for
a seventh consecutive win against a BC side that has lost
The match itself was an even one that in reality neither side did enough to win and Lars Stock's 64th minute drive secured a solid point in a 1-1 draw.
The result keeps the team five points adrift of top spot whilst dropping a place to fifth.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "A frustrating draw but about all we deserved in truth and we now have to start another winning run if we want to challenge this season. We had a winning run at this stage last season and if we can replicate those results in the coming weeks we will be a force to be reckoned with".
A quiet week behind the scenes as the manager has found deals hard to come by with little of quality seemingly being available at a fair price.
||Charscot hosted local rivals Vanbrugh
Royals knowing a win was expected, considering both
current form and Charscot's record at home to the Royals,
who have been hapless on their travels to The Blue Silver
The Wolverines took their sixth consecutive win with a goal from Jose Maria on 66 minutes as he flicked in from close range.
The match was a fairly cagey affair with little between the sides but the hosts edged the battle and recorded the win to move into fourth place and reduce the gap to top spot to five points.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted post match. "That was a crucial win. We have to beat the sides who are struggling as we have a number of games against top quality sides coming up and we need points in the bag to cover any future poor performances."
"We travel to St Joseph's next week looking to exploit their recent poor form. Our record there lately isn't great and it will be a severe challenge".
With another trainee, James Barnes, completing his training this week on the same week he makes his club debut the lack of players to train continues to leave a gaping hole at the club.
||Charscot travelled to form side Shaolin F.C
on the back of four consecutive wins. Add the Wolverine's
great record against Shaolin (one loss each home and away
in 30 previous meetings) and hopes were high for a fifth
Jairzinho scored from close range midway through the first half with a simple tap in before the hosts equalised.
Shortly before half time Sandor Kocsis scored his first of the season with a brilliant 20-yarder and the lead was quickly doubled after half time as Lars Stock's first of the season following a fine run.
Both sides had chances to score before the hosts got a last gasp consolation in time added on.
The win moves the team into fifth place as relegation worries continue to fade away.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy after the match. "The current run has turned a dire season into one that at least shouldn't be a disaster and if we can maintain this run for another month or so we may just surprise a few teams above us. We now return home for a match against local rivals Vanbrugh and if we can exploit their poor form we can really start to look at the top 3".
With players continuing to drop like flies through injury the manager moved to confirm Chris Kunitz's future at the club with Kunitz signing a two year extension.
||Charscot hosted high flying The Academy
knowing this was a big challenge to the side's recent turn
of form as the visitors own 6 game unbeaten run dwarfed
Charscot's 3 game winning run.
The hosts record against The Academy is very good though and that proved to be a good indicator as Charscot won convincingly to move to a season high seventh place.
Baily Cargill's first goal for the club, a close range tap in on 14 minutes, was cancelled out 11 minutes later.
Jairzinho restored the lead ten minutes before half time with a simply shot after a slick passing move.
Captain Jose Maria, making his return from a two month injury, headed in from six yards out early in the second half to secure the 3-1 win.
Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "That was a superb win and gives us real hope of not being involved in the relegation battle despite a poor start to the season. We now face another form side with a poor record against us as we travel to Shaolin FC next week. If we can win that game we can focus on being in the top half and possibly aim for a top 3 finish, anything less and we will have one eye on the relegation places".