||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.