Town v Wolves preview

So the last home pre season game before the league kicks off and what a test it will be.

The last 2 games have been great tests with Birmingham showing why they got to the play offs last year and they have definitely improved their team to become a strong contender for promotion.

Leicester were a lot more disappointing and after their performance last week but after watching our performance, it must give every salopian faith in our team to do well in league 1 if they can make a championship side look so mediocre.

As for our team, well they can play football together and this has to be the best midfield we have had in a very long time.

So here is the first question for you

Who would you pick to start in midfield

The strikers look confident but Marvin Morgan and Terry Gornell seem to be the favourites to be the main frontmen especially after their goals on Saturday. Marvin has taken his 2 headers really well and Gornell’s strike shows he is going to be a major player this year.

Another role to be decided in our eyes is the defensive duties as everybody who has played in defence has looked really strong. We think Joe Jacobson will be the obvious choice but

Who would you put in central defence

With under 2 weeks until Leeds we wonder if these decisions will be made tonight as its our last toughie before Worcester on Friday

Pre Match Build Up

Every town fan is licking their lips at this pre season game as Salop v Wolves is no ordinary friendly. There is that rivalry that has been with us for years that makes it a bit more interesting. Nobody wants to go home the loser especially in this game.

The bragging rights are at stake.

Turner has managed both teams in the past so we will see what reaction Wolves fans will give him. Remember he spent 8 years at Wolves before he went on to manage Hereford.

Tickets Prices
Adults £10
Concessions £5

We hope to see you down there and lets improve on the 1800 that were there on Saturday.

Let’s show the boys we’re ready to back them ahead of Leeds and Sheffield United.

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Evesham Match Report

So Town headed to the small town in Worcestershire to play Evesham United in the first pre season game.

Evesham’s new stadium is very smart and the people were very friendly.

Teams and Officials

EVESHAM: Thomas, Connor, Mazuto, Rhodes, Eze, Ardallany, MacKenzie, Hicks, Palmer, Wellings, Osborne. Subs: Agbor, Tulloch, Wood, Corbett, P. Jones, J. Jones, Downing.

TOWN: Anyon, Grandison, Goldson, Jones (Purdie 46), Jacobson, Wright (Turner 84), Summerfield (Wildig 46), Hall (Woods 73), Parry (Taylor 46), Doble (Bradshaw 46), Morgan (Gornell 46).

Referee: Derek Eaton (Tewkesbury)

First Half

The first half was a very tight encounter with neither team managing to get the ball and pass it around. It took about half an hour for Salop to be able to create a good opening.

It came from a string of passes and then Joe Jacobson whipped in the ball and there was Marv to head over.

That was really the only talking point in a first half where town saw a lot of the ball.

20120720-010233.jpg Evesham’s new main stand

20120720-010247.jpg “the shed” where it slopes down from the pitch to the back of the shelter.

Second Half

Town made five changes;
Tom Bradshaw and Terry Gornell coming on for Marvin Morgan and Ryan Doble.
Rob Purdie and Jon Taylor coming on for Paul Parry and Darren Evans.
Aaron Wildig came on for Luke Summerfield.

Also Jermaine Grandison played as centre back in the second half to allow Purdie to play right back.

The second half so a very attacking minded salop side with both Bradshaw and Gornell going close.

Taylor had a fierce shot from 25 yards out go straight at the keeper.

Joe Jacobson hit the bar from a direct free kick and was also unlucky with a cross come shot going just over.

Ryan Woods came on for Asa Hall and got going straight away picking out some lovely passes and also coming very close to scoring from the same sort of range as Taylor.

The end of the match loomed and it looked like neither side was going to get a goal and town just got into the mode where they thought walking it in was the best way.

With 6 minutes to go Elliot Turner came on to replace Mark Wright on the left wing leaving Chris Weale the only player not to be used.

As the last few minutes went on it was Evesham who came very close to sneaking a late winner when Simeon Tulloch fired just wide with only Anyon to beat.

The attendance was a very questionable 265.

Overall Verdict

It was a great day and nice to have some football to watch again and the Evesham folks were very pleasant so much so Bizzy managed to get very merry whilst the game was going on.

But as Turner said to us after the game it was good to just get the cobwebs off the players and start gelling them in against what was a very tough Evesham side.

We would like to thank all at Evesham United for their great hospitality and all the best for their season in their push to get promotion!

New Scoreboard

So today the club have announced that we will have new TV’s and a brand new scoreboard.

This is great news as it has been widely criticised for being to basic and as most people would say generally rubbish.

But least we forgot these perfect scoreboards.

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We can’t wait to see what the new scoreboard will look like and hopefully it will show that we are getting with the times and hopefully we will be able to remember some memorable score lines and see some great pictures of fans looking pretty annoyed in front of a scoreboard saying SALOP 4-0 WALSALL.

We have the super blues to thank as they have raised the funds to make this happen.

This project will begin very soon.

UP THE TOWN

Evesham Away

So finally we get to see the new look Salop side take on Evesham Away.

Now here’s a little incentive for you to make the trip, Evesham have a new stadium.

Ticket Prices

Adults £9

OAP’s and Under 16’s £5

Directions to Jubilee Stadium

ADDRESS

The Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium

Cheltenham Road

Evesham

Worcs

WR11 2LS

FROM M5 NORTH

Leave M5 motorway at Junction 7 and follow B4084 through Pershore onto Evesham.  At traffic lights in Evesham with River Avon and Bridge on left, take right hand lane and turn right into Cheltenham Road signposted A46, M5 Southbound, Oxford and Cheltenham.  Continue through two sets of traffic lights passing Tesco Garage and Ambulance Station on left before reaching roundabout.  Ground situated on right at roundabout.  (This route avoids Evesham Town Centre)

FROM M5 SOUTH

Leave M5 motorway at Junction 9 signposted Tewkesbury and Evesham.  Take 3rd exit signposted Ashchurch and Evesham.  Follow A46 (Evesham) through Beckford before reaching roundabout on outskirts of Evesham.  Ground situated on left at roundabout.

FROM M42

Leave M42 motorway at Junction 3 (A435) signposted Redditch and Evesham.  Continue on A435 (Evesham) through Studley then A46 until reaching roundabout on outskirts of Evesham.  Take left hand exit onto Evesham by-pass (A46), signposted M5 South, Cheltenham and Oxford.  Proceed on by-pass going over three roundabouts before reaching ground, which is situated on 4th roundabout at end of by-pass.

There is a retail park with a Frankie & Bennys, MacDonalds, Morrisons and a large Fayre & Square theme pub called Strawberry Fields within about 800 yards from the ground

The ground itself is situated just on the edge of the town limits past the final roundabout on the A46 Cheltenham Road.

So lets paint this new stadium with blue and amber and show the team we are 100% behind them ready for the new season.

Leeds Tickets

Leeds (A)

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We have been allocated 3000 tickets.

Prices Adult £12 Concessions £6

Season Ticket/Sovereign Club HoldersTickets go on sale Wednesday 4th July (9am) until Wednesday 11th July (5pm)

Super Blues and Supporters with 20 or more Loyalty PointsSale starts Thursday 12th July (9am) until after the Birmingham City home game which is Tuesday 24th July

General Sale will commence from Wednesday 25th July (9am)

5 Tickets per supporter.

More details about the trip to Leeds will be us very soon

Season Expectations

 

We want to know where you think we will finish this season. We have decided to do a poll now to see where you think we will finish now then we will do a couple more during the season to see your thoughts then.