Saturday, April 22, 2006

Bolton/Coalville previews

It has been said that there will be no more than a taxi load of Addicks going to the Reebok stadium, but fortunately Erith Addick Paul May is among them and will reporting on the match later today.

Leaving aside last year's start of season 4-1 defeat, Charlton's record at the Reebok has not been that bad with two draws and one win. Bolton, however, have a defence strengthened by returns from injury while Charlton are weakened by injury and suspension. Bolton have had a bad run, but Sam Allerdyce hailed the away point against mighty West Brom as a turning point.

With Luke Young probably out for the rest of the season, and Jonathan Spector having gone back to Manchester for an operation, Osei Sankofa will start on the right with Chris Powell on the left. With the Herminator suspended and Sorondo possibly still troubled by a groin injury, it is possible that Fortune and Perry will provide the central defence.

With Marcus Bent probably out for the rest of the season with a back injury, Darren Bent will probably roam alone up front in a 4-5-1 formation that will hopefully include both Romm and Thomas. The balance would then be made up by Kishishev, Hughes and Ambrose.

The Fink Tank in The Times gives an approximate 50-50 chance of a home win with a slightly better than 1 in 4 chance of a draw and a slightly worse than 1 in 4 chance of a Charlton win. That sounds about right to me.

Brakes v Ravens

There are only two Tommos!

Leamington take on Coalville Town this afternoon in a crucial 6th v 5th clash in the Harvey World Travel Midland Alliance at the New Windmill Ground. Brakes won 4-1 at a depleted Alvechurch on Thursday and have the magical Josh Blake back from injury.
David Care is a major contributor as wing back and even club captain Tommo had an excellent game on Thursday.

Even if Leamington get a top six finish place, they will not qualify for Step 4 football until the new Sheepside stand is built, hopefully over the summer. The new Step 4 Midlands league does not look like starting until 2007-8 in any case. Step 3 will require direct access from a lounge to a directors' box requiring another stand on the Burger Side.


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