Preview: Imps Looking To Starve Nuneaton Town
A win could see the Imps leapfrog Nuneaton into 2nd but Luton Town, Braintree Town, Grimsby Town and Kidderminster Harriers would all have to drop points. But it could kick-start a tough month for the Imps with expectations reaching fever pitch. So a 1-0 to the Mighty Imps will do then!
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|9||FC Halifax Town||12||6||2||4||20||19||+1||20|
Saturday 5th Oct KO 3 PM
|Formation||3-5-2 or 4-4-2|
|Position 2012/13||15th in BSP|
|STMI Forecast||Top 8|
The Imps face very similar opposition to our good selves with a five man midfield that will make opportunities scarce. The three central defenders have height and the wing-backs have pace and energy to get up and down the flanks. Yorke and Newton are the finest two full/wing backs in the Skrill Prwemier and will come face to face tomorrow down their right and our left. Streete has a long throw to match that of Miller or Gray and with the two remaining centre-backs moving up to support strikers Moult and Brown . The set-pieces will be interesting in either box tomorrow to say the least.
The three defeats on the spin have been harsh on Nuneaton who have dominated every game. They are not second for nothing and the 3-0 defeat at Cambridge could have been very different if luck had gone their way. During the opening 15 minutes of the second half the United keeper made three great saves with the front two also missing a golden opportunity each. Moult the division’s leading sorer, with 9, rarely lets teams off lightly.
The midfield trio are useful having delivered 11 assists already this season suggesting Foster may start as Simmo tinkers with the two in the 4-2-3-1. Armson (5 assists) Walker (3) and Sleath (3) have terific understanding and swarm to cut down the space with Bell and York quick to support them. Belshaw the England’s University keeper is also keeping out a Nottingham Forest loan keeper. a great shot-stopper he will be hard to beat
The potential Boro team
Kevin Wilkin 3-5-2
11 Streete 5 Dean 4 Cowan
16 York 13 Sleath 6 Walker 7 Armson 3 Bell
10 Brown 9 Moult
The Heroes & Villains
With influential Forsdick out for some time versatile Theo Streete may have to come into his own in a defensive rather than midfield role. That would be a shame as the utility man was a massive part of the Alfreton side who more than punched above their weight last term. Phil Trainer was also big cheese at Telford and they fought hard to keep a warhorse who can do a job anywhere in the midfield. He knows Gavin Cowan from their Telford days too so this side could gel just right.
Greg Pearson got 37 goals in 128 games for Burton with 20 in their promotion season to the Football League. He then slipped down the pecking order after promotion and was shipped out for loan after loan. Still only 28 and at his peak the six-footer will get regular goals at this level if Streete, Trainer and successful trialist and tricky winger Bell can supply the bullets.
James Belshaw the British University keeper who has just finished his degree will have to dislodge loan keeper Dimitri Evtimov who is impressing plenty at home club Forest who have shipped him out for games until October. Defender Amari Bell has also been borrowed from Birmingham until January at least.
Manager Kevin Wilkin has yet to call in favours from Northampton, but the Birmingham and Forest links look useful. No team should be classed as relegation candidates at the start of a new season and Nuneaton certainly deserve all the luck they can get. So does the man who masterminded three promotions to bring the reformed club back from oblivion, kept them up, so who would bet against him doing it again this year. The Boro, well Town now on paper, may have a bottom three budget but every side Wilkin puts out will be sure to punch well above its weight.
|10th June||Theo Streete||Alfreton||Def/Mid||Free|
|1st July||Greg Pearson||Burton||For||Free|
|16th July||Phil Trainer||AFC Telford||Mid||Free|
|30th July||Mark Bell||trialist||Wing||Free|
|31st July||James Belshaw||from University||GK||Free|
|Oct 16th||Dimitar Evtimov||Nottm Forest||GK||Wages|
|January||Amari I Bell||Birmingham C||Def|
Boro Squad 2013/14
1 Dimitar Evtimov, 19 James Belshaw
3 Amarii Bell,4 Gavin Cowan, 5 Gareth Dean, 12 David McNamee, 14 Simon Forsdick, 15 Delroy Gordon
6 Adam Walker, 7 James Armson, 8 Jon Adams, 11 Theo Streete, 13 Danny Sleath, 20 Phil Trainer, 21 Mark Bell
9 Louis Moult, 10 Andy Brown, 16 Wesley York (Transfer list), 17 Connor Taylor, 18 Greg Pearson,
Posted on October 4, 2013, in Match Previews, The Form of The Foe, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Braintree Town, Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Nuneaton. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.