30-November-20

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A new season and the Charscot fans feared the worst as the team travelled to the Champions, St Joseph's BC, on the back of a run of no wins in their last 7 league games of last season.

This was very much a new look side for the Wolverines with keeper Donnarumma and midfielder Zebeto both making their debuts and Wilkes and Mild making only their second starts for the club.

The team started brightly and were rewarded with a goal from Hakan Mild on the half hour mark after he finished off a mazy run to prod home from close range.

Two minutes later Rafael Gordillo toe poked home the second and the visitors looked in control.

The hosts got a goal back just after half time resumed but Charscot were not to be denied an excellent opening day win.
The win puts the team in an initial fourth place, matching their highest position of last season already.

Manager Rich Grove was delighted afterwards. "That is an excellent start to the season. We started playing the top two from last season and if we want to be anything like contenders we had to be looking for four points at least from these two games. We go into next week in renewed confidence but very aware that we need to be at our best".

Charscot were drawn at home to Division 2 side Teesside Reds in the cup this week with the game to be played in a couple of months.

Behind the scenes five players were loaned out for the season to get game time. None will be allowed to play against Charscot in any competition.

A handful of players signed one year extensions today - Mild, Zebeto, Netzer, Alonso, Gordillo and Zoco. None got the more usual longer term deals, reflecting the manager's intention to make sure only those who prove they can perform at the required levels will stay in the future.

One player returning today was Christian Pulisic from Chaddesden Celtic. He will hope to push for a starting spot in the coming weeks and months.