||After last week's loss the manager made
major changes to the tactical style for the trip to
The changes had an immediate effect as Charscot raced into a two goal lead in the opening 18 minutes through a Svenssen header and a Richie chip.
The defence proved shaky either side of half time to allow the hosts to pull level before Captain Jose Maria hit a spectacular volley on 66 minutes.
The win keeps the team in third place as the halfway point in the season arrives next week.
Manger Rich Grove was happy enough. "That was a satisfactory first game with the team having to adjust to such major tactical changes. Whether this becomes the norm only time will tell but we will persevere in the short term and hopefully wee can continue to score frequently whilst cutting down the goals conceded".
The first leg of the Super Cup semi-final at home to Rapid Gentrification finished all square, 2-2 with Maria scoring a brace.
||Despite being reigning Champions The
Academy have struggled at The Blue Silver Stadium , losing
six of their last eight visits with just one win. This
record gave the hosts hope they could beat the league
leaders and move into the top two positions. How wrong
The Academy found themselves behind early on as Emiliano Delossantos lobbed the keeper from distance with a sublime piece of skill.
The Champions equalised before half time and within 13 minutes of the second half were ahead 3-1.
The hosts had nothing to offer and meekly surrendered, leaving the pitch to boos from the home fans.
Afterwards the Manager Rich Grove was equally unimpressed with his players. "That was pathetic. You would never have guessed we had only lost once this season based on that performance. Yes, The Academy are worthy Champions but we simply have to perform better than that."
"I have grown tired of the sub-par performances and changes will be made, both in personnel and in terms of the tactics we play. With the team frankly an embarrassment prices for match tickets will be significantly reduced for the rest of this season to encourage fans back. Hopefully if we have a decent atmosphere the lazy bums that are on the pitch may decide to actually show their true skills, and if not they can leave".
The team bounced back from the abject league performance as the team won 3-0 at Whitebrook Rangers to progress 5-2 on aggregate into the semi-finals of the WPL Super Cup. Next up they face Rapid Gentrification of Division 2.
||The trip to Vanbrugh Royals has inevitably
led to 1-1 draws in recent seasons and today's match was
no exception. The difference however this time was the
hosts battered the Wolverines, who were fortunate to get
Charscot took the lead through a close range tap in from Mahmoud El-Khatib on 37 minutes. However, the hosts incessant pressure eventually told as Jankto hit a fantastic shot from 20 yards just before the hour mark.
The visitors defence held firm to secure a point but dropped to third place.
Manager Rich Grove was fuming post-match. "That performance was utter garbage and how we fluked a point is beyond me. We want to be title challengers but performances like that simply won't do and we face an enormous challenge next week as we host The Academy, Champions and current leaders".
History is on Charscot's side in next week's fixture, with 6 wins and a draw from the last 8 meetings but the performance will have to vastly improve to get the win.
In the Super Cup the team threw away a 2-0 lead at home to Whitebrook Rangers through a Matt Richie brace and will now have to secure a win in the second leg next week.
||Derby matches with Dep El Celtico have
generally been cagey affairs and today's match proved no
different as the hosts put in a sub-par performance.
Despite this the hosts managed to get a potentially enormous 2-1 win to stay second, trailing top on goal difference.
Jose Maria scored a solo goal just before half time and shortly into the second half Sandor Kocsis hammered home from close range to double the lead.
The visitors got a goal back on 67 minutes but Charscot held on for the win.
Manager Rich Grove was relieved afterwards. "It is hard to know at this stage if we are genuine challengers or destined to fall away again but for now the work rate has made up for the slightly lacking performances. However, with another local derby next week before facing the Champions and current leaders the following week the pressure is building on us".
Behind the scenes the manager is continuing to look at ways to reduce the bloated squad over the coming months and a combination of deals and market listings seems inevitable.
||It's been a decade since Charscot's last
visit to The Academy Reserves, a 6-0 away win that still
represents the club's largest away win.
Today's match was a very different affair as the game became a very scrappy one with Charscot recording a 1-0 win to go second.
Rafael Gordillo scored the goal on 62 minutes with a superb free kick.
The club are now in a 3 way tie at the top in second place and the top six are separated by a solitary point.
Manager Rich Grove was relived afterwards. "That was a banana skin that could easily have gone the other way so we take the boost of a league win and try to build on it".
In the Super Cup the team progresses after a 2-2 draw at Seabourne City courtesy of a Jose Maria brace. The 4-2 win on aggregate sends the team into the quarter finals where they will face the winner of next week's' match between Whitebrook and Caglibari.
Behind the scenes the manager has been busy with Santos and Ziegler both becoming Spondon players with a 17yo attacker joining.
||A big potential banana skin this week as
Ynysfawr Athletic of Division 2 visited The Blue Silver
Stadium for the first round of the cup.
Charscot proved far more creative but trailed to a Bawrie goal on 33 minutes for most of the match.
The home side were saved by club legend Jose Maria who hit a sweet lob from 30 yards with three minutes left to take the game to extra time.
No further goals were scored and it was left to Frantisek Planicka to save 3 penalties as the hosts won courtesy of penalties from Kocsis, Chalmers and Sanchez.
Manager Rich Grove was relieved afterwards. "We could easily have lost the game today so we will happily take any form of progress but we will have to play far better in future rounds if we want to win the cup for a second time in three seasons".
The team also faced the first leg of the second round of the Super Cup, where they beat Seabourne City 2-0 thanks to a Matt Richie double. The second leg is next week.
As reported last week it seems the manager is firming up final decisions on the squad with an eye to reducing down the size.
||Hosting A.F.C Binfield has been a fruitful
endeavour so today's 2-2 draw feels like a lost
opportunity to return to winning ways.
Charscot twice led, first through Stevie Chalmer's first goal for the club, a delightful chip from distance after 6 minutes, the second time through Matt Richie's precise lob on 29 minutes.
However, the visitors pegged Charscot back twice and the draw saw Charscot drop a place to fourth with Binfield dropping two places to seventh.
Manager Rich Grove was not pleased after the match. "We have been poor of late, with no wins in our last 3 since going top of the league. Now we are dropping away and having to wait a fortnight for the next league match is frustrating. However we need to focus on winning against Ynysfawr Athletic next week".
In the Super Cup the date for the club's second round 1st leg match at home to Seabourne City was confirmed for next week.
Rumours are circling the club that the manager is looking for ways to reduce the squad size and it may not be a surprise to see the club making deals in the coming weeks.
||Unbeaten leaders Real Madrid made the trip
to The Blue Silver Stadium looking to avenge the 3-0
drubbing they got last season.
The match proved a more cagey one with Charscot edging the play and they looked like being rewarded when ex-Real player Armando Alonso scored on his full debut with an exquisite lob from 30 yards with 17 minutes left.
It took Real just 60 seconds to equalise through a Chendo free kick and leave the teams level at the final whistle.
The draw dropped Real to second with Charscot staying third as Dep El Celtico taking over top spot.
Manager Rich Grove was frustrated afterwards. "Another day we may well have won this match but we have been slightly off the past fortnight and we simply have to get a win at home to A.F.C Binfield next week to stop us being swallowed up by the chasing pack".
In the Super Cup the team drew 1-1 at Bala Town with a Delossantos header the equaliser. The team won Group A and will play Seabourne City in the second round of the competition in 2 or 3 week's time.
||Traveling to Balham Town has frequently
proven a damaging experience and today;s trip certainly
fit the bill as Charscot's unbeaten record was left in
shreds after a 4-0 loss.
Two goals in each half saw the hosts move into fourth place whilst Charscot dropped to third and a number of questions are now being asked of this squad and whether they can really challenge.
Manager Rich Grove was fuming afterwards. "Atrocious defending cost us dearly. We could have got a result today but Balham were clinical and we simply didn't compete at the level we have become accustomed to. The pressure is on as we return home and face unbeaten leaders Real Madrid, anything less than a point and we can consider ourselves lacking when it counts".
In the Super Cup Matt Richie scored a hat trick as the team won 3-2 at Barton Blitz to win Group A with a match to spare.
The scouts finally came up trumps this week, finding a 17yo with the talent to make the squad long term.
||The visit of Rhyl F.C has proven a hard
fixture of late with the match frequently ending in a draw
and today was no exception despite the two clubs having
very different starts to the season.
Charscot were maintaining an unbeaten start that had put them top whilst Rhyl were win-less and second from bottom going into the game.
The match did not reflect those positions as the visitors were every bit as good as the hosts and led after just 13 minutes.
With time running out it took a beautiful header from substitute Rob Rensenbrink to salvage a point on 85 minutes.
The point was enough to keep the club top as other results went the club's way.
Manager Rich Grove was relieved afterwards. "That was our worst performance of the season so far so to take a point despite playing poorly has to be a positive as long as that performance level doesn't become the norm."
"It would have been nice to have extended our lead at the top but sometimes just staying unbeaten is a great result in itself. We now need to start a new winning run and go to a quality Balham Town side next week and get a win".
The team beat Bala Town 3-2 in the Super Cup with Jose Maria's brace complimented by Sandor Kocsis's header to record another cup win.
The manager decided to reward a couple of players who have impressed by offering long term contracts this week.
Marco Adani signed a 2 year extension whilst Valentino Mazzola got a four year extension despite having only turned 18 six weeks ago.
||The trip to Long Eaton Archers was a stern
test of the new leaders Charscot, as the hosts had had a
decent start to the season themselves.
However, the visitors showed no sign of concern as they recorded a 41 win to move a point clear at the top of the table.
Long Eaton got a good start scoring on 211 minutes before Thorbjorn Svenssen hit a superb shot from 30 yards 7 minutes later to bring the teams level.
The hosts couldn't live with the Wolverines in the second half as the visitors hit 3 in 9 minutes.
Adani scored from close range for his second of the season before Jose Maria celebrated his 300th appearance for the club as captain by scoring a tap in.
Mahmoud El-Khatib came off of the bench and his first touch was to score with a penalty after a handball to finish the scoring.
Manager Rich Grove was ecstatic afterwards. "A great performance and a thoroughly deserved win that shows we can live with teams on form. It is early days but we have made an excellent start to the season and we now need to build on the start and try to keep winning, starting with a home game against struggling former Champions Rhyl next week".
In the Super Cup the team beat Callie Athletic 2-1 courtesy of a brace from Matt Richie.
Sadly there was bad news from training as Valentino Mazzola, who has been excellent in his debut season despite being considered a risk with his less than perfect skills, appears to have had his season ended early as a 15 week injury from a sprained Achilles leaves little chance of him being involved again.
||The visit of struggling The Northerners
looked the ideal match up as the Wolverines looked to
maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
The match proved to be a fairly one-sided affair as the hosts raced into a two goal lead and rarely looked troubled whilst recording a 3-1 win.
Matt Richie tapped in from close range on 29 minutes before Valentino Mazzola scored his first career goal a minute later with a drive from close range.
Despite Reid quickly scoring for the visitors the match was finished when Richie scored his second with a fine header on 68 minutes.
The win puts Charscot top of the league on goal difference at this very early stage.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy afterwards. "That was another excellent performance and we need to keep playing at this level if we want to be title challengers. The match next week at Long Eaton Archers will rove a stern challenge as we look to try and stay top".
In the Super Cup the team came down to earth as they lost 1-0 at home to Barton Blitz.
||A trip to local rivals Ziaste Nequeno has
proven fruitful in recent seasons and this season is no
different as the Wolverines returned with the three points
courtesy of a 1-0 win.
The winning goal from Sandor Kocsis was a bundled shot from close range on 74 minutes.
The win moved the team into second place, level on points with 3 other sides as no team has a 100% winning record after 3 games.
Manager Rich Grove was relived afterwards. "I always worry about these local derbies as they can prove tricky to take the points from so to return home with the win is a big relief. We now host struggling The Northerners next week looking to stay in touch at the top".
In the WPL Super Cup the team recorded a 1-0 win at Division 3 side Bala Town as Jose Maria's contentious penalty on half time provided the only goal.
New signing Armando Alonso signed a one year contract extension this week, fortunate as his fitness issues mean he is unlikely to play this season.
||A visit from Carnbroe Rovers has proven
fruitful over the years before Charscot got a rude
awakening last season, losing 3-0. The players were intent
on avenging that result and a first half barrage of goals
was enough to achieve that.
It took seven minutes for Marco Adani to score on his home debut with a precise lob from twenty yards.
Twenty minutes later Rafael Gordillo doubled the lead, kneeing in from close range and shortly before half time Matt Richie killed the game off as a contest with a close range goal of his own.
The win moved the team into fourth position at this early stage of the season.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy after the match. "I am absolutely delighted with the performance of the team today. A number of players have been given new roles and have proven themselves up to the task so far. It is early days but it is a promising start".
"We make the short trip to local rivals Ziaste Nequeno next week, and we have to make the most of their struggles and maintain the good start".
Behind the scenes the squad looks settled for the season with the remaining loans exiting the club this week for a season of hard work and the arrival of Armando Alonso from Real Madrid via the auction market for a club record fee in excess of £ 42 million appears to be the final piece in the squad this season.
This after the earlier arrival of Roque Maspoli from Real Madrid as the manager looks to make sure there is plenty of cover in each position. Roque has two league titles but has also had a couple of seasons where he has struggled badly and the hope is that a fresh start can see him regain the best of his form.
||An opening day trip to St Joseph's BC has
rarely been fruitful for the Wolverines so confidence was
low as three players made their debut for the club.
The match proved to be one of the team's better opening day performances as the team dominated the hosts and had Emiliano Delossantos' spectacular volley before the half hour mark to hold onto late in the game.
The team couldn't preserve their lead though as substitute Djordjevic scored with four minutes left to leave the team optimistic but frustrated with their opening day effort.
The draw places the club in ninth position.
Manager RIch Grove was pleased but cautious afterwards. "I am delighted the players put in such a good opening day performance. However we do need to make the most of our chances and I will be looking to tweak the line up over the coming weeks with the likes of Mazzola and new signing Alonso likely to make their debuts in the next few weeks."
Armando Alonso will arrive next week as the club's record signing from Real Madrid after costing £ 42,115,000 this week. It is hoped he will be able to score the goals to cover the loss in the next few seasons of Jose Maria, club Captain and legend, who just turned 33 year's old.
Also arriving at the club was Bernard Voorhoof and Luis Rekarte. They complete the multiple deals planned over the past season and the squad will look to settle down in the weeks ahead with no less than seven players exiting the club on loan deals for the season.
In the cup the draw was made for the first round with the team welcoming Division 2 side Ynysfawr Athletic on week 10.
||The team made the trip to Prestatyn Town
with nothing to play for but pride and to attempt to
persuade the manager that the current squad is good
The hosts needed to win 5-0 and have two other results go their way to stay up and despite going into an early two goal lead the home fans' dreams soon shattered as Gordillo and Delossantos scored to leave the scoreline level at half time.
The Town did go on to win 3-2 but it was never going to be enough as they crashed out of the top flight.
Manager Rich Grove was unimpressed after the match. "Another season has been wasted as we put ourselves in an excellent position by halfway to win the league before falling apart and ending up in sixth place. Just not been good enough. I can only hope the new arrivals today can take us back towards top spot".
The new arrivals are former Charscot player Mahmod El-Khatib and midfielder Marco Adani, both from A.F.C Binfield.
Leaving the club are Lars Stock and Andrew Surman.
Another season is over and the fans have had their say in the annual awards.
Taking Player of the Year is Captain Jose Maria, who has been sorely missed over the past tow months since injury ended his season. Despite the long term injury he still remains top scorer at the club for the season, his ninth time achieving this feat and fifth on the trot.
The Young Player of the Year award went to Imre Schlosser, who has shown an eye for goal and the manager is hoping that in a season or two Imre can be a scorer at the highest level.
Just one player was entered into the club's Hall of Fame this season with attacker Rafael Gordillo making the move after a fine first season at the club.
||A top 3 spot was within the team's grasp
going into the final two games but a very poor home loss
to Shaolin F.C has all but ended that scenario.
The club had only lost twice in 19 matches at home to Shaolin and today's result was poor as the visitors led 2-0 before Ademir got a consolation goal just after half time.
The loss drops the team to fifth place as they prepare to travel to bottom side Prestatyn Town and end what has been a disappointing season.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say post-match. "Just not good enough. It is proving hard to find reliable players it seems as too many in the squad simply do not play to their abilities. I have grown tired of so many under-performing and if there isn't a major improvement next season then wholesale changes will take place".
A number of changes happened this week with many of the long planned deals being completed.
One player going nowhere is legend Jose Maria, who despite his is current injury signed a 2 year extension to his contract that brings him a step closer to retiring at the club.
||A trip to newly crowned Champions The
Academy had ended in 0-1 losses for the Wolverines on
their last 3 visits so today's 0-1 loss was far from a
The game was fairly close with Trevor Snell scoring the only goal in the first half.
The loss dropped the team to fourth place with 3rd through 5th separated just by goal difference and trailing second by a point.
Manager Rich Grove was unimpressed afterwards. "With the injuries mounting up today was a good chance for a few players to show they have what it takes to be starters, and they all failed to show they are worthy. There are question marks against a lot of the squad and with a number of trainees being a season or so from challenging for a starting spot time will soon run out on them".
The club are now entering a few weeks where the surplus and many of the partially completed deals between multiple clubs will be completed. Next week alone sees two arrivals whilst six players leave.
The draw for next season's WPL Super Cup was made last week and the club find themselves facing FC United, Callie Athletic and Barton Blitz.
||A local derby at home to Vanbrugh Royals
has proven fruitful in recent years, with the hosts
winning the last six meetings. Nothing changed as Charscot
won 1-0 to stay third and send the Royals to the basement
of the division with 3 games left.
Ademir scored the only goal of the game as the player looked to try and make the manager re-consider the position he should play.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied but not overly impressed. "Not the performance I expect or want to see in all truth but the unbeaten run goes to four games and hopefully this will give us something to build on going forward".
"The focus right now is on getting the surplus players out of the club in the next two weeks whilst trying to make our way through a damaging period in terms of injuries".
Injuries have become a concern as two more of the starting eleven got injured today and are each out for a fortnight. The team for next weeks' visit to the new Champions, The Academy, picks itself.
||Local rivals Charscot and Dep El Celtico
are both going through the motions with their seasons all
but over now and it looked like the players agreed as they
played out a fairly dull 1-1 draw.
The visitors took the lead when Emiliano Delossantos scored from close range on the quarter hour mark.
Dep El got an equaliser as debutant Brad Zillio scored on his full debut before half time and with that the entertainment ended.
The draw keeps Charscot third and Dep El drop to 9th place.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "Not a great game by any means but the focus is really on next season now and I can't blame my players for not being fully fired up for the game. We are still tweaking the squad with an eye on next season although nothing is close to completion at this point".
||With the season ending next month the team
has been going through the motions of late despite the
team still having a chance of finishing in the top three.
Visitors Longfield K.L.F have been in dire form of late which has seen them plunge into the relegation spots.
Today's match was decided by a Rafael Gordillo tap in on 23 minutes.
With the three points Charscot moved back into the top three on goal difference whilst Longfield find themselves 5 points from safety with five games left.
||The trip to A.F.C Binfield has been
lucrative over the years but with the hosts having won
their last 3 games and Charscot playing poorly confidence
wasn't as high as usual for this fixture.
For a long time it looked like the hosts were going to pull off the win, scoring with their only shot on target on 9 minutes.
Substitute Rob Rensenbrink came to the rescue, scoring twice within 19 minutes of coming on with a tap in and a majestic free kick to give the Wolverines the 2-1 win.
The win keeps the club in fourth place with six games remaining.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "That was a good performance, albeit it took us a while to score the goals we deserved. It's always a good result winning here and we need to build on this on the final weeks as I look to decide which players can be relied on going forward".
The good mood from the win was quickly extinguished when news came through that Captain Jose maria had fractured his heel in training and is expected to be out for 11 weeks. This is an enormous blow to the club's prospects for next season.
Deals continued apace as Pellegri, an FP, Crosas and Kane all left the club.
||The visit to Real Madrid is usually a big
match for the club and fans but this time around the match
held no importance for the manager who is looking to next
This was reflected in the team playing a 5-2-3 formation for the first time in the club's history.
The change in tactics changed nothing though as once again Charscot dominated their opponent without making the most of it and ended up losing 2-1.
All the goals came in the first half with Andrew Surman's superb 25 yarder to equalise on 42 minutes the only cheer for the travelling fans.
The loss sees Charscot still fourth but with a number of clubs closing in on the team with 7 games left in the season.
Manager Rich Grove was fairly quiet post match. "Not a lot to say, we dominated another opponent but contrived to lose, story of the latter part of our season, and a story I am sick of re-telling".
"At this point I will be glad to see the season end and right now all my plans are focused on next season".
Those plans have become more intense as deals have been agreed between multiple sides as the club looks to complete deals between 3, 4 or 5 clubs to try and get deals that appeal.
As part of these deals youth Juri Ziegler will be arriving next Monday from Ziaste Nequeno. With two midfielders due to leave in the coming weeks, Joshua Npowa and Marc Crosas, and further arrivals due in the form of Milivoje Novakovic the manager has a busy time ahead before the club lists some of the youth stars on the auction market, including Kane and Pellegri.
||The manager had proclaimed that the final
weeks of the season were about seeing who had the stomach
to fight for their short and who could fit into different
systems. Based on today's result a number of players came
Starting the day in third place Charscot knew a win over fourth placed Balham Town would be a giant step towards a top 3 finish. However, the 3-2 loss saw the team drop two points behind Town.
The game started poorly as the visitors scored on 16 minutes before Charscot hit back to lead.
Thorbjorn Svenssen's flick from close range brought the teams level on 24 minutes before Matt Richie gave the hosts the lead with a close range tap in just after the resumption of the second half.
The lead lasted just 3 minutes and then two goals in 8 minutes turned the game on it's head.
At the final whistle many fans stayed to boo the players and the manager as the team lost it's fourth home game out of the last five.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "Clearly despite controlling games we are proving too weak in all areas and dominating games and losing is a habit we simply have to get out of. Changes will be made but it is hard to see much that can be done this season now".
Meanwhile behind the scenes the manager continues to make deals with Joshua Npowa making his way to Chaddesden Celtic in a few weeks. With a round robin of teams involved in the deal Charscot have received Matt Santos and Toby Ziegler in exchange. Both have another year to go in the youth team so should help before moving on to pastures new, with Ziegler not arriving himself for another 2 week's yet.
||A battle for second place proved to be
beyond the Charscot team this week. Sitting in second
place and travelling to third placed Rhyl F.C the team
needed to put in a quality performance to maintain a
challenge for second with top spot all but assured to
belong to The Academy.
The team controlled the game for long periods but sloppy defending put the visitors three down at half time and a late De Haan own goal did nothing to appease the fans or the manager after the match.
"The defending was pathetic" lamented Rich Grove the Charscot manager. "We should have come away with a fairly convincing win but some poor finishing and some truly shocking defending was enough to see us lose easily".
"I am now seriously considering the usefulness of some of the players going forward. Clearly getting deals is proving too hard and I don't want to go to the auction market route but my options are limited at this point so some players may well have to go regardless".
This warning could potentially see one or more of the more experienced players leave as the manager looks to allow the younger players a chance.
||With the season now entirely focused on
training little is expected in match situations so the
match today was a pleasant surprise as Charscot raced into
a four goal lead in the first half.
Visitors Broomhall Lions look likely relegation candidates based on today's game whilst Charscot are left to rue a slow start and a recent bad run on stopping the club's own title hopes.
The win was achieved through a Matt Richie brace, with an exquisite lob followed by a fine header. These goals bracketed a Jose Maria toe poke and a solo effort from Ricario Sanchez.
he team moved back into second spot but with an eight point gap to The Academy a title challenge is simply not on the cards this season now.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "That was a very good first half, and although we relaxed in the second half it is good to know we can still put in performances like the one in the first half. We need to build on this and put in 90 minute performances with more consistency if we want to challenge in future seasons".
The club is fully focused on next season and is hoping for a number of youth improvements over the next ten weeks.
||The team continued to show an alarming
inability to beat the lower placed clubs as a trip to The
Northerners returned a point from a 1-1 draw.
Although Charscot created far more and dominated the game for long periods for a while it looked like the team would lose to a 42nd minute Peter Reid lob. However, with 19 minutes left Jose Maria tapped in from close range.
The draw saw Charscot drop to fourth and they now trail the leaders by eight points and the season as a contest is over for the club.
Manager Rich Grove was not in a good mood post-match for multiple reasons. "It's been a very frustrating week on many levels. The result today was just the final straw as we have been so poor of late that we have thrown away our attempts on two trophy fronts."
"To add to this we have been looking near and far for deals and whilst we were happy to complete a deal this week the combination of a lack of offers and severe time wasting with one manager basically stopping discussions mid-talks and going off in a sulk like a three year old has left myself with much to consider, both in terms of who to deal with and how hard to look for deals and the squad's future".
"As things stand the decision has been made that we will go with a large squad in future and just allow the surplus to go out on loan to clubs under the same ownership as Charscot. It has become clear that even getting swap offers, never mind deals, has become more hassle than it is worth thanks to the dearth of offers and the childishness of a manager who used to be a reasonable and fair operator. Therefore we will keep the larger squad and placing perfect players on the auction market seems pointless at a lcub whose bank balance exceeds anyone else's in the game already".
Although not the mega deal the manager had been trying for a useful piece was added to the squad this week with the arrival of Svante Ingelsson from Whitebrook Rangers. Svante arrives with some work ahead of him to be challenging for a first team place and he will be going out on loan next week and then again next season to get game time.
Leaving the club are youth midfielder Jacob Larsen and David McTiernan. Both arrived from the auction market and were only ever meant to be at the club for this season due to their speed, signed to help the youth team win games. Getting a player back for them is exactly what the manager hoped for, whilst hopefully both should go on to have excellent careers as they are both likely to be perfect players by the time they turn 20.
||The season has imploded in the past few
weeks as Charscot reacted to going top by exiting the cup
and losing to multiple sides fighting relegation. This
trend continued this week as they lost at home to Ziaste
Nequeno, a derby defeat that surely ends the season ?
The loss dropped the team to third and six points adrift of top spot and left the manager apoplectic.
Manager Rich Grove had nothing good to say after the latest poor performance. "That was dire, simply unacceptable. I am at a loss to know what to do with this group of players, who show little interest in playing at the required standard. I have tried bringing in new players but the lack of talent available combined with other clubs having ridiculous demands, on the rare occasion a club makes an offer, leaves us at an impasse. Listing on the market is pointless, we have no need of the money, but what else to do with no offers coming in ?".
It is expected the manger will make changes for next week's match but it all feels like too little too late.
||After a disastrous week last week the team
bounced back with a 3-2 win at slumping Carnbroe Rovers
that moved the team back into second place.
The team took an early lead through Rafael Gordillo and after going 1-1 the lead was restored before half time when Matt Richie headed in brilliantly.
Substitute Ademir scored before Rovers got their second to end the scoring.
Manager Rich Grove was satisfied afterwards. "We are still conceding too many goals but it is good to see our attackers getting on the scoresheet more in recent games. The title still looks beyond us despite our lofty position but all we can do is try to win each game and see where that takes us".
"I am currently pondering over an offer and changes may be ahead next week depending on my decision".
||The biggest week of the season saw Charscot
face a crucial league match, looking to arrest a patchy
run over the past couple of weeks and also a home cup
match as they looked to defend their trophy.
The results were quite simply a disaster.
In the league S Joseph's BC completed a league double with a 3-2 win despite intense pressure from the home side for most of the match.
It started brightly with a Jose Maria chip after just two minutes but by the 53rd minute Charscot trailed 3-1 and a sublime 30 yard chip from Rafael Gordillo wasn't enough.
Looking to bounce back in the cup Charscot looked shot shy as they wasted many chances and found themselves two down to Division One side Spondon Phoenix F.C. Matt Richie had been demoted to the bench after struggling for goals and he came on and scored the consolation with five minutes left.
The results left manager Rich Grove fuming afterwards. "That was a disgrace. We have completely lost our way over the last 3 weeks. We have gone from leading the league to being 7 points adrift in 3 games whilst also exiting the ucp, a trophy we should have made a better defence of".
"The players at this club should be ashamed of themselves. What will happen for our trip to Carnbroe Rovers next week will be decided in the coming days but no player can have complaints if they find themselves out of the team next week".
Good news mainly came from the players out on loan as Christian Pulisic completed his training whilst Anton Schall signed a contract extension for an extra season.
As predicted last week rumours of Zizinho's departure proved to be true as the manager pulled the trigger on a deal that sees the midfielder join Division One side Requiem Shark. Arriving at Charscot is youth midfielder Valentino Mazzola. Valentino is the best 17 year old prospect in the game at present and it is hoped that he can be close enough to the finished article to push for a first team place next season.
||After last week's poor defeat all the
pressure was on as Charscot hosted bottom side Prestatyn
Town needing a win to keep up with The Academy at the top
of the league.
The team responded badly to the pressure, playing out a fairly dire 1-1 draw that dropped the team further away and left the manager and fans questioning the player's resolve.
If not for a Jose Maria close range goal just past the hour mark the result would have been even worse but the draw was enough to see the team drop to third place and four points adrift of top spot.
Manager Rich Grove was angry afterwards. "We were in an excellent position two weeks ago and with a combination of sides that don't usually beat us and struggling teams we should have been looking to build a lead, instead we have fallen off of a cliff. We simply have to win the next four games, three against struggling sides, or we can forget any league challenge and if that happens the players should be ashamed of themselves".
"We also continue our cup defence next week and need to at least progress against Spondon".
Rumours are circling around star midfielder Zizinho that he may become available as the manager loses patience with his under-performing midfielder.
||Unbeaten in a dozen weeks Charscot
collapsed to defeat this week against a side they usually
beat with ease.
The 3-0 reverse at Shaolin F.C dropped the Wolverines down to second place as we approach the halfway pint in the season.
The result rarely looked in doubt as Charscot just never got going and the hosts continued their own excellent season as they moved up to fifth place.
Manager Rich Grove was very angry afterwards. "Absolutely pathetic performance. A week after beating the leaders we go and put in a performance that I can only call shambolic. We now simply have to beat visiting bottom side Prestatyn Town next week or else we could find ourselves dropping away from the title chase".
Rumours that the manager is considering the futures of a number of the players were confirmed afterwards, and it may be that this week sees some more players depart the club.
||The biggest match of the season so far saw
Charscot host leaders The Academy with top spot at stake.
Having only given up top spot seven days earlier The
Wolverines were looking for a quick return to the summit.
The game started badly as The Academy scored on 13 minutes but Charscot quickly responded as Ricario Sanchez scored his first of the season with a spectacular free kick on the half hour mark.
The second half belonged to the hosts as Jose Maria scored from close range on 51 minutes before a last minute goal from Joshua Npowa from inside the six yard box made the final score 3-1.
The win moved Charscot top and clear by a point.
Manager Rich Grove was very happy afterwards. "That was an exceptional performance as The Academy are a top quality side who will be challenging for the title all season so to win 3-1 and go top is a performance all the players should be proud of."
"We now need to build on this win and keep our long unbeaten run going as we make the trip to Shaolin F.C next week".
The team now looks forward to the future games as only Svenssen remains injured.
||The trip to Vanbrugh Royals has proven a
tricky one of late and so it proved as the local derby
finished all square, ending Charscot's winning run and
sending the team to second place ahead of a home game
against new leaders The Academy next week.
Joshua Npowa hit a superb curling shot to open the scoring just before the half hour mark but it was quickly equalized with a Mandlukic chip from 25 yards.
The visitors had chances in the second half but it wasn't to be.
Manager Rich Grove was brief post match "Not the result we had hoped for but we have to move on to next week and if we can win we know we will go back to the top of the table".
The team had further bad news on the injury front as replacement for the injured Crosas, Svenssen, himself got injured and leaves the manager short on options for next week.
Some changes to the squad this week with one in and one out. Gorka Larrea made his departure via the auction market joining Athlone Town of the NSA for £ 33,675,000.
Arriving at the club is youth defender Mauro Silva. He is only here for this season as he looks to gain from a winning youth set up before joining Dep El Celtico.
||A local derby is always a tricky affair and
Charscot faced the first of two consecutive derbies
looking to maintain the winning run that has taken the
team to the top of the league.
Visitors Dep El Celtico have had a decent start to the season and came into the match in fifth place.
All the action was in a packed first half, started with Thorbjorn Svenssen hitting a superb drive from 20 yards six minutes in. Svenssen was only playing because of the injury to Crosas so a very fortuitous goal.
Two minutes later Gomex equalised from ten yards out and in the celebrations Matt Richie received a yellow card after arguing with the referee over a perceived foul in the build up to the goal.
Just before the half hour mark Jose Maria scored what proved to be the winner with an exquisite lob from 30 yards.
The team held on in the second half to stay top by one goal on goal difference from The Academy, who the team play in a fortnight after visiting Vanbrugh Royals next week.
Manager Rich Grove was content after the match. "This was a hard match and maintaining the winning run at this stage is paramount. Every point we can gain now can help us when the inevitable patchy run happens, as it surely will".
Meanwhile Gorka Larrea is in his final days at the club as he looks to exit the auction market at the end of this week. His bidding is fast approaching £ 28 million, which the manager has promised fans will be re-invested in the squad when the right player is available.
||A tricky match at struggling Longfield
K.L.F this week as The Wolverines looked to extend their
unbeaten run to 9 games in league and cup and their
winning run to 6 games.
Charscot put in a very good performance to restrict the hosts and ultimately scored on 62 minutes as Rafael Gordillo scored another winner, this time with a close range effort.
The win took the team to top spot in the league, a very quick turnaround considering the club were in the bottom 3 after 2 weeks.
Manager Roch Grove was ecstatic post-match. "A very good performance and a very pleasing win. We came into a very hard part of our season and have performed exceptionally well to go on this winning run. We now have to find a way to stay at the top, something that will be considerably harder after our injury issues in training this week. However, I expect those players that come in to do their best to maintain the level of performance the fans have got accustomed to the past couple of months".
The injuries the manager referred to have seen top scorer Rafael Gordillo and Marc Crosas both now unavailable for the next 3 matches, with first back up Zizinho himself sustaining a 4 week injury to leave options limited.
||The club started it's defence of the cup
with a very hard match at home to unbeaten Division 2 side
The match itself was a very one-sided affair with the hosts dominating for long periods but the visitors showed why they are unbeaten by making the most of their few chances to give the fans at home an entertaining match that went all the way to a penalty shoot out.
Southpool took just two minutes to take the lead and despite controlling the play Charscot took over an hour to level the scores with Rafael Gordillo heading in magnificently on 67 minutes.
Eight minutes later it looked like Charscot were through as Ademir side footed home from close range.
Southpool refused to buckle though, equalising with four minutes left on the clock.
With no further scoring in extra time it all came down to penalties, with Charscot going through as Jess Hall saved four penalties with Surman and Crosas scoring for the Wolverines.
In the Super Cup Charscot blew the chance to progress, needing a win to win their group they lost 2-1 at The Academy and exited the competition.
Manager Rich Grove was happy afterwards. "This was always going to be a hard match and the performance produced would beat most sides so if we can keep this current unbeaten run going we will be challenging on all fronts. However, we now travel to Longfield K.L.F who caused us no end of problems last season, for a match that will test our credentials."
A quiet week as little else happened, with Groka Larrea yet to have any bids on the market and the youth team stuttering to their first dropped points in a season following a goalless draw.
||Charscot faced the second of three
consecutive home matches as struggling A.F.C Binfield
visited. The Wolverines have thrived against Binfield and
despite giving up a lot of possession today the team
recorded a convincing victory to move into third place,
just two points off of top spot.
Six minutes in and Andrew Surman scored his first goal for the club, as he chipped the keeper from 30 yards to score against his former club.
Early in the second half Sandor Kocsis hit a fantastic volley from 25 yards to double the lead and the game was over as a contest.
Substitute Rob Rensenbrink then added a third on 55 minutes with his first of the season, and his 14th as a sub, with a simple toe poke.
Manager Rich Grove was ecstatic afterwards. "That was another superb performance and we are playing as well as we have done in a number of seasons. We now face a hard match at home to Division One leaders Southpool, who have yet to lose a match this season, in a match that will be a hard one to progress from as we look to defence the Cup we won last season".
With Gorka Larrea being placed on the market this week the management were on the look out for more quality to add and the scouts made a successful trip as they returned with a gem of a youth player, who given time, should progress to be a star by the time he is 19 or 20.
||Charscot welcomed Champions Real Madrid on
the back of a 4 game unbeaten run and looking to leapfrog
their opponents with a win.
The match saw Charscot dominate as the team easily won 3-0 to move up to 4th place and to within 2 points of the top of the table.
Joshua Npowa headed in from close range on 25 minutes to give Charscot a half time lead.
This was doubled on 63 minutes as Rafael Gordillo continued his fine start to his Charscot career with his thrid goal in 6 games. The exquisite chip from distance against his old side ensured the win was in no doubt.
Eight minutes later another Real old boy made it 3-0 as Jose Maria hit a magnificent volley from 25 yards.
Charscot manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "That was an exceptional performance and the last few matches have given us renewed hope that this can be a good season for the club despite our poor start."
"We had a tricky run of games and so far we have managed them very well and if we can beat A.F.C Binfield next week we will be in fine form going into the first game of our cup defence".
The team recorded a 3-2 win at F.C United thanks to a Npowa hat-trick but progression in the Super Cup seems unlikely with 2 games to go.
More decisions were made on the squad as Josef Bican was given a 2 year extension to his contract despite being out on loan. Whilst his future looks bright Gorka Larrea will be looking for a fresh start as his departure via the auction market has been confirmed and he will be listed next Monday.
||Charscot made the trip to Balham Town on
the back of a 3 game unbeaten run but knowing that the
team has struggled against Town of late.
In the event those concerns were irrelevant as the team put in a superb performance as they won 3-1 to move into fifth place.
Jose Maria scored a big double with two superb solo runs on 34 and 89 minutes.
Rafael Gordillo had scored his second goal for the club in just 5 games with a close range flick in on 40 minutes.
The only consolation for Town was a Vega goal just after half time.
Manager Rich Grove was ecstatic after the match. "That was a brilliant win. The players wee exceptional against a true title challenger in Balham Town. To come here and win so convincingly is a very good sign but we have to stay focused and look to extend our run over the coming weeks with a number of hard games ahead, starting at home to reigning Champions Real Madrid next week".
After problems with travel the Super Cup tie at F.C United was re-arranged for next week.
||A frustrating day for Charscot, chasing a
third consecutive win the Wolverines dominated for long
periods but somehow contrived not to win.
Visitors Rhyl F.C made the most of their chances, scoring twice from just four shots on target to secure a 2-2 draw.
Charscot led twice with Marc Crosas' magnificent free kick on five minutes giving the side a lead.
After the opener was cancelled out Matt Richie's header on 33 minutes restored the lead.
However, Rhyl equalised again on 69 minutes and a frustrating draw was the result.
The draw dropped the team down to ninth position and with the games ahead the hardest of the season the team could be in big trouble in four week's time.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "We cannot afford to be so complacent in the final third. Today's performance was outstanding until we reached the penalty area, where we were woeful. If the current forwards cannot do the job required they will be quickly replaced."
In the Super Cup the team looks destined to exit at the group stage after a 3-1 loss at home to The Academy. Jose Maria's penalty at three down was scant consolation.
||A big match this week as Charscot looked to
record back to back wins and move away from the bottom.
The trip to Broomhall Lions has produced few goals over the years and today's match was no exception with just the one goal.
Thankfully for Charscot Emiliano Delossantostapped home from close range on 50 minutes to record the 1-0 win and move the team up to 8th place.
Manager Rich Grove was content enough afterwards. "Not the greatest performance by any means but it was effective and it was more important this week to get the win rather than worry about the aesthetics".
"We re entering a very hard run of games and we need to be fully focused as the next month or so will determine whether we can have a successful season or not, starting with a home game against recent Champions Rhyl F.C next week".
The team recorded their first Super Cup win of the season, winning 1-0 at home to Spondon Phoenix F.C courtesy of a Jose Maria penalty. The win keeps the team involved in the chase for a qualifying spot.
A third new arrival to the youth team in the space of a week as the club broke the Soccer Star transfer record for a goalkeeper. The fee of £ 19,122,500 for Gianluigi Donnarumma is a big investment in the youth keeper.
The youth team now looks well set for a successful season and potentially a third successive title having not lost a youth match in the last two years.
||All the pressure was on for today's meeting
of the bottom two in the top flight. The Northerners had
lost all their games whilst hosts Charscot had recorded
The away team went with an attacking formation, and this backfired as the hosts recorded a convincing 3-1 win to move out of the relegation spots.
It took just four minutes for Jose Maria to head in from 15 yards for the only goal of the first half.
Sandor Kocsis tapped into an empty net after a mix up in the 68th minute before Ozil scored from close range 9 minutes later.
With the visitors pushing for an equaliser Charscot broke away to score their third as Rafael Gordillo scored his first goal for the club in only his second game from the edge of the area.
The win moves Charscot into 12th position.
Manager Rich Grove looked relaxed afterwards. "It is a relief to get our first win of the season and we need to do our best to make this the first of many as we look to get our season in full swing. One win every four weeks simply isn't good enough so we will be looking to quickly get our second win of the season next week".
A busy time off of the pitch as Imre Schlosser arrive from Whitebrook Rangers. He was quickly followed by David McTiernan, purchased from the auction market. McTiernan will join the club next week from MTK Budapest.
||A local derby at Ziaste Nequeno has proven
fertile ground for points and with Charscot desperately
searching for their first points it was hoped they would
find Ziaste as accommodating as usual.
Whilst Charscot did finally get their first point of the season it was more by luck than anything else as the hosts controlled long periods of the game.
Ziaste led after 20 minutes and Matt Richie headed in an equaliser 12 minutes later to end the scoring.
The draw leaves the team in 15th place as they host bottom side The Northerners next week.
Manager Rich Grove was unimpressed afterwards. "That was dire, pure and simple as that. Nothing good to say about that as we continue to go from one bad performance to the next. Already the season is looking a lost cause and that is frankly embarrassing".
Inexplicably The Academy failed to turn up for Charscot's first Super Cup match this week. Most teams would be eager to play a hapless Charscot side but seemingly not on this occasion.
||The opening home game of the season should
have been a good chance for Charscot to bounce back from
their week one loss and get their season off and running.
Visitors Carnbroe Rovers have a poor record at The Blue
Silver Stadium and history indicated a convincing home win
would be likely.
The reality ? Very different as Rovers cruised to a 3-0 away win that leaves Charscot in deep trouble.
The team are now 15th and yet to score a goal in a start to the season that has been dire.
Manager Rich Grove was fuming afterwards. "Pathetic. We are simply not putting in performances that are reflected by the supposed quality within the club. I am growing increasingly fed up with watching this garbage week in and week out. We should be a consistent top 3 side, as we used to be, but right now we will be fortunate not to be in a relegation struggle."
"This cannot go on much longer before it becomes time to scrap the side and start again. Relegation is a certainty if the players don't put in the work both on and off the pitch. Needless to say there will be changes to the line up next week".
||A new season but the same old problems as
the team got off to a losing start at St Joseph's BC 1-0,
their third 1-0 loss in the last four of these opening day
The only goal on 66 minutes was no surprise in a fairly flat game with neither side impressing.
The loss leaves the team in 14th place after one game.
Manager Rich Grove was very unhappy afterwards. "Poor, simply poor. BC are a good side but we should be far more competitive and I am beginning to think there is no further room for improvement with this bunch and the league is simply beyond them".
Unlikely to be leaving though are Sandor Kocsis and Christian Pulisic who both signed two year contract extensions and Ricario Sanchez who signed a three year extension.
The draw for the S.L.F.A. Cup was made and the club begins it's defence at home to Division Two Southpool.
Christian Atsu left via the auction market, joining The Academy for £ 36,000,000. The final sales figure was 20% below estimates and the manager was less than pleased. "If players under 25 are going to fall so short of their estimates then I see little point in listing them until they are older. I had plans to list more in the next 2 months but those plans are now finished."
The start of a new season and the manager made his first foray into the transfer market following the disappointing sale of Christian Atsu.
With sums for the truly best players not meeting expectations the manager chose to look for a swap deal with some of the squad not fulfilling their potential.
Sergey Nikiforenko had not produced at the levels required and a fresh start seemed best for all parties and so it was that he joined A.F.C Binfield as part of a two for two swap.
Joining him at A.F.C Binfield is ahmoud El-Khatib. Mahmoud had had a patchy start to his career with chances proving hard to come by.
Returning to Charscot are youth prospects, 18 today, Josef Bican and Anton Schall. Both have work needed and will be sent out on loan for this season.
||A big week as Charscot looked to take
something from a season that started so brightly but in
the league had fizzled out.
The team faced top quality side The Academy in the Cup Final and all eyes were on the cup tie.
The Manager made tactical changes pre-match, looking to past results for inspiration, and that inspiration was certainly on show on the filed as the players responded and produced a performance befitting a Cup Final.
Sandor Kocsis hit a sublime lob on 27 minutes for his eighth goal from defence this season to put The Wolverines one up.
Five minutes later Matt Richie hit his fifth cup goal of an excellent first season at the club, kneeing home from close range.
Club legend Jose Maria made it 3-0 on 56 minutes with a close range shot before The Academy scored through Piere seven minutes later.
Emiliano Delossantos hit a brilliant 35 yard chip with the last kick of the game to make it 4-1 and confirm Charscot's second Cup win from 4 finals.
The league match at Prestatyn Town held little appeal to anyone but the team finished with a win, scoring two second half goals after trailing at half time to win 2-1.
Lars Stock's side foot just after half time was followed up by Christian Pulisic's first goal for the club as he came off the bench and scored the winner 8 minutes later with a fine chip from distance.
The win moved the team back into sixth place, a disappointment considering for the bulk of the season the team was fully in the title race.
Manager Rich Grove was in buoyant mood post-match. "I couldn't have asked for more from my players this week, we were superb. The Academy are a brilliant side with a great manager and whilst the match was even in many ways we were a different class in the final third and if we can maintain our cup form during the league season we can use this as a stepping stone to league success".
"I have never hidden my lack of interest in the cup but decided to give it a proper go this season, and this couldn't have gone better. It is safe to say I will fully focus on the cup in the future".
The end of the season sees the usual awards at the club.
First up was the latest announcement for the club's Hall of Fame. Making his way into the Hall is attacker Matt Richie, whose first season started slow but who looks like having a decade with the club ahead of him.
The Player of the Year was a very close vote between regular winner Jose Maria and Ricario Sanchez. In a slight surprise Ricario edged the vote to take his first award.
The Youth Player of the Year award went to keeper Frantisek Planicka. "Franny" ended his first stint at the club today as he joined Castle Rock Furies. However, he will be returning to the club in a season's time once he has gained some experience.
A normal season sees a record or two go, but this season the only record to go was the club's number of ever presents. In the past the record was seven but not less than ten players were involved in all games this season.
Finally, Christian Atsu's time on the auction market comes to an end this Thursday and his bid sits at £ 36million. This is still some way off of the estimates and it can only be hoped bids come in. Any significant reduction in gains will make future listings far less likely.
||With the Cup Final looming in the
background the team faced a meaningless match to finish
the home season today as Shaolin F.C visited.
Shaolin have been thumped regularly in this fixture and the manager tried something a little different tactically.
Early on it looked like more of the same as by the 27th minute Charscot were leading 3-0. Delossantos' sublime chip was followed by an equally superb lob from Maria and a toe poke from Npowa.
However, the tactics misfired as Shaolin quickly fought back and by the 46th minute the game was level and both sides hit the woodwork before the final whistle.
The result leaves Charscot in 7th, with the slim chance of leaping up to as high as fourth next week whilst not being able to drop any lower. Shaolin are 12th but with no threat of relegation.
Manager Rich Grove was unimpressed by his team after the match. "Some of the defending was frankly atrocious, and we should never lose a three goal lead to any side. How much faith I have in the defence going into next week's Cup Final is debatable. Facing The Academy will be a very hard match and we will need to come up with something to stop our recent less than stellar results against them".
Rumours are flying around the club that another player may be leaving next week. At present the situation isn't entirely clear and it is believed that it may depend on Atsu getting further bids this week. Time will tell.
||With the league season dead for some time
all the focus was on the club's cup semi-final against
Balham Town this week.
Town have a very good record against Charscot but Manager Rich Grove had been experimenting in recent weeks in the hope of finding a winning formula for playing Town so it was an enormous test for the team and manager.
The result of all the work was a resounding success as Charscot won convincingly 3-0 to make their way into their fourth S.L.F.A. Cup Final, where they will face The Academy in two week's time.
Sandor Kocsis scored his seventh goal of the season on 29 minutes with a fine header. The goals tally is outstanding for a player who has spent the season in defence.
Six minutes later Matt Richie doubled the lead after driving home from 18 yards.
After hitting the post the Wolverines made it 3-0 on 73 minutes as Ademir scored from close range.
The celebrations at the final whistle carried on long into the night and clearly had an effect as the team made the trip to The Academy and lost 1-0.
Manager Rich Grove was ecstatic in his media briefing. "The cup result was an outstanding performance. Balham are a top quality side and to win by such a large scoreline is as good a result as I could have dreamed of and now we have two weeks to prepare for our Cup Final with The Academy".
The Academy had a busy week as they also put in an early bid on Christian Atsu, who was listed on the market 7 days ago. The bid of £ 36,000,000 would be a club record for fees received for a Charscot player but it is expected to be beaten with estimates of his value in the £ 45,000,000 range.
||Charscot hosted local rivals Vanbrugh
Royals with both sides having little to play for in a
meaningless league match.
The Royals record at The Blue Silver Stadium is atrocious and that record didn't improve as Charscot won this fixture for a sixth consecutive time.
The only goal of the game came via the right foot of Sandor Kocsis on 54 minutes.
The win guarantees the club a top half finish although the season will clearly be judged by what the team does in the cup.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say afterwards. "Nice to see a different set of tactics produce a winning result but it all comes down to next week as we look to try and find a way to beat Balham Town, a team that has caused us all sorts of issues".
The club saw it's draw for the WPL Super Cup for next season made with the team drawn in Group K. As things stand this is a 3 team group so two clubs will go through to the second round, with Spondon Renegades and The Academy standing in Charscot's way.
Midfielder Christian Atsu was placed on the auction market today as the manager looks to get the over-sized squad down to a more manageable size.
Whilst Atsu has been deemed surplus to requirements Stevie Chalmers has been given a two year contract extension.
||Charscot travelled to Dep El Celtico
knowing defeat was likely with the manager
experimenting and the hosts unbeaten in their
previous 7. Those expectations were fully met as the
Wolverines crashed to another loss with fans and
management alike just waiting for the cup semi-final in 2
Matt Richie's 22nd minute goal from ten yards was not enough as the team were already 2-0 down and the hosts could easily have won by more.
The loss leaves the team in sixth place, and likely to drop to a season low of seventh place before the season ends.
Manager Rich Grove had little to say. "I am growing increasingly fed up with the players and their lack of application. Whilst we are experimenting tactically that is no excuse not to do the basics but in the past 2 months we have failed miserably to do the minimum expected of us. One player will be offloaded next week and if the squad don't turn things around next season a lot more will follow him out of the door as I sick of seeing a bunch of prima donnas under perform and not care".
That player is Christian Atsu, who has failed to settle at the club and with so many options available it made sense to release him for a fresh start rather than have him just sit around for years losing value.
In other transfer new midfielder Jake Kane arrived at the club from Ziaste Nequeno. Going to Ziaste will be forward David Wilson in the next month as he initially stays to make the most of the youth team's winning habit.
More deals seem unlikely although the manager is open to offers.
One player seemingly staying is Andrew Surman, who had his loan cancelled this week and immediately signed a one year contract extension.
||Charscot hosted struggling Longfield K.L.F
in full experimental mode with nothing to play for until
Based on the performance today it is safe to say if the manager tries this particular set of tactics again he will be quickly sacked as Charscot failed to muster a single shot on target in 90 minutes of dire, plodding football from the hosts.
Although the levels of possession were equal Longfield at least managed to have a handful of shots on target and of those four shots two found the net for a fairly simply 2-0 away win.
Suarez scored on six minutes and an hour later Rider made it 2-0 and the fans left in droves, with only a handful staying until then end, and they were there simply to make it clear how unhappy they were with the performance.
Charscot stay sixth, 7 points off of a uncatchable Real Madrid at the top.
Manager Rich Grove was clearly unhappy afterwards. "I have to apologise to the fans for that display. I made tactical changes that clearly simply did not work and that performance was as bad as we have had in some time, and considering how often we have lost of late that says a lot still. Plans are afoot for changes to the squad and aside from our upcoming cup tie the rest of this season is clearly unacceptable".
One player still in the plans is veteran keeper Jess Hall who was given an extension today whilst it seems Christian Atsu is leaving the club after only one season. The manager said the rumours of Atsu's listing on the auction market were correct and that he would be listed in a fortnight. He is expected to generate bids in the region of £ 45 million, a sum that whilst a club record, means little to an already cash-rich club. Questions are being asked by the fans as to what the plans are with so much money and so many under-performing players at the club.