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Your Summer of Sport – Blog #18 Part One

Your Summer of Sport – Blog #18 Part One

Today (Wednesday) saw 26 degree heat in Battersea Park

Today (Wednesday) saw 26 degree heat in Battersea Park

Summer of Scorchers by Kai Chappell, Sports Editor

Welcome to our mid-August blog. Apologies for the issues in recent weeks with few blogs going up, that is due to an internet issue! But we are back with a blog packed full of all of your sports action to get you right up to speed.

This blog is in two parts: catch the latest results and transfer news from the week including Antonio Conte’s first match as well as some FA Cup action recently too, whilst our new Assistant Sports Editor and Head of Football Chris Reidy gives you the lowdown on the day he missed a red card in Part One, while in part two catch up on Team GB’s exploits in Rio, Deputy Sports Editor Steve Zetter rounds off his Grumpy Gramps rant from the last blog, as well as league predictions from new Sports Editor Harry Fell and Chief MMA Reporter Lewis Reece, and Chris.

But first to some transfer news – and a lot has been thrown up for some of our local sides recently (and a few not local, for understandable reasons)…

 

Pogba left after just 3 Man Utd appearances.

Pogba left after just 3 Man Utd appearances.

1: Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United – £89m

Rating: 9

Paul Pogba, trending on Twitter for days before his inevitable transfer to Manchester United. They’ll be licking their wounds after forking out a huge chunk of money to bring him back to the club after former manager Sir Alex Ferguson let him go on a free transfer in 2012. Pogba is a bright talent and, at just 23, has yet to hit his prime. Will it pay off for Manchester United is the big question; with huge transfer fees comes huge responsibilities and huge pressures, and how the 38-time capped Frenchman deals with that is what will be the deciding factor. He is set to make his debut on Friday at Old Trafford against Southampton.

 

 

Morrell made his debut in the formerly named Johnstone's Paint Trophy (now Chekatrade.com Trophy)

Morrell made his debut in the formerly named Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (now Chekatrade.com Trophy)

2: Joe Morrell, Bristol City to Sutton United – Loan

 

Rating: 10

Morrell was a brilliant capture and full credit to everyone involved at the Us in getting that deal done. The Wales U19 captain is sure to have a brilliant season at United and the midfielder will hopefully live up to expectations. He attracted interest from Premier League side Liverpool but opted to stay at Bristol, and his development at Sutton will ensure that he does not live to rue the passing-up of the Liverpudlian contract.

 

Williams has a wealth of experience, also playing for Hayes and Yeading.

Williams has a wealth of experience, also playing for Hayes and Yeading.

3: Manny Williams, Basingstoke to Hampton and Richmond Borough – Undisclosed

Rating: 8

I have been impressed with Williams’ ability and pace on the ball which makes him a super signing for Borough. They’re having a ball at the moment in the National League South and are currently pushing for some of the top spots in the league which is exactly what manager Alan Dowson would have wanted. I don’t say 10 out of 10 just yet though, as I feel they should be looking to the higher tiers to secure players with invaluable experience for the club. However, a good signing, who I am sure will be successful at the Beveree.

 

 

Barnett is a former West Bromwich Albion trainee.

Barnett is a former West Bromwich Albion trainee.

4: Tyrone Barnett, Shrewsbury Town to AFC Wimbledon – Undisclosed

 

Rating: 9

Barnett’s 250+ appearances and 61 career goals make him a great signing for AFC Wimbledon. He has experience at a variety of levels and will slot right in to Neal Ardley’s plans for the Dons. What excites me is the attacking threat he poses – combined with Lyle Taylor, the two will make a great partnership. The only worry is potential disappointment if they get relegated – come on you Dons!

 

The Clapham-born man used to play for the Bees' academy.

The Clapham-born man used to play for the Bees’ academy.

5: Michael Onovwingun, Chesterfield to Dulwich Hamlet, Free

Rating: 10

Of course, signing a player who, at 20, has a wealth of experience at a variety of levels from League 1 to the non-league is brilliant, hence why Clapham-born Onovwingun gets a 10/10 for the transfer away from Chesterfield. The Proact Stadium side have let Onovwingun return home, having also formerly been on the books at Brentford. A solid, imposing midfielder who we are sure will make a huge impression at Champion Hill.

 

Saturday Scores – Results by Kai Chappell, Sports Editor, and Steve Zetter, Deputy Sports Editor

Conte celebrates with Blues fans after Costa's goal.

Conte celebrates with Blues fans after Costa’s goal.

It was on Monday night that we saw Chelsea return to action, claiming a last-minute winner against Europa League side West Ham United, thanks to Diego Costa‘s finish which helped them to a 2-1 victory over the Hammers. Other goals came from Eden Hazard, who, after a miserable season, has a Premier League goal to his name already this season, and Hammers defender James Collins. Also in the Premier League, a second-half strike from Salomon Rondon ensured Crystal Palace‘s dreadful 2016 continued – the Eagles have collected just 11 points since the turn of the year.

All of our local sides are rubbing against each other in the league table at present in the EFL Sky Bet Championship. Undefeated Fulham have had a brilliant start to the season which leaves them in 4th, with two wins and a drawand claiming a huge scalp over Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United on the opening day. QPR follow the Cottagers in 5th, but could go top with a win in their game on Wednesday away to Barnsley, while Brentford have had a mixed bag of results leaving them in 6th in the tablean opening day defeat to Huddersfield has been overcome with back-to-back wins over Ipswich and Nottingham Forest at Griffin Park.

AFC Wimbledon‘s debut season in the EFL Sky Bet League 1 has not gone to plan, as they are currently

Ardley looks on as Bolton condemn the Dons to their third consecutive defeat.

Ardley looks on as Bolton condemn the Dons to their third consecutive defeat.

rock bottom in 24th with three defeats from three. Losses to Scunthorpe, Walsall and Bolton have left them a point adrift of safety at this early stage. Here’s to the rest of the season!

Another set of debutants are Sutton United, who are another side with a mixed bag of results. It has picked up since their opening day defeat to Solihull Moors, as they now have two consecutive wins and are looking forward to hosting Macclesfield Town this weekend; they currently lie in 6th in the Vanarama National League.

In the division below, Hampton and Richmond Borough are off to a flier, suffering just the one defeat in the Vanarama National League South at the hands of East Thurrock United. 9 goals in four league games sees them in 4th.

In the Ryman Isthmian Premier League, Met Police are rock bottom having suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Staines Town and Worthing. Meanwhile, Kingstonian have picked up their first point of the season thanks to a handy draw at home to Hendon, and Dulwich Hamlet are pushing up the table in 6th thanks to their win over Enfield Town on Tuesday night.

Carshalton Athletic are top of the Ryman Isthmian League South with two wins from two, Tooting and Mitcham United have four points from their opening two games whilst Corinthian-Casuals have a game in

Rovers model their new 2016/17 kit.

Rovers model their new 2016/17 kit.

hand as they look to head to the top of the league.

In the Cherry Red Records League, Sutton Common Rovers are second from bottom as they look for their first league win of the season, with Colliers Wood Utd and Raynes Park Vale in the same position.

Other results include: Croydon are 11th, AFC Croydon are 19th.

 

 

Chris Reidy PicWood you believe it? Colliers Wood win seven goal thriller in local derby by Chris Reidy, Assistant Sports Editor in Charge of Football.

My football season kicked off on the 6th August on a sunny day down at the Wibbandune Stadium as Colliers Wood took on AFC Croydon Athletic in a FA Cup Extra Preliminary round tie. The Colliers Wood Club Secretary, Chris Clapham, greeted me with a cup of tea and we had a chat about the game that day and the Wood’s impressive pre-season results.

 

Chris promised me a tight match, at least tighter than when the two teams had met in 2013 at the same stage when the Wood ran through 5-2 winners. The fixture made national news at the time for a red card involving cycling shorts and exposed flesh. All the players kept themselves well covered this time around but there was a red card for Croydon on the day, which helped in preventing the tight game that was predicted.

 

The FA Cup Preliminary Round Draw sees Wood travel to Banstead.

The FA Cup Preliminary Round Draw sees Wood travel to Banstead.

Chris dubbed the match a ‘South London Knees Up’ and there was certainly entertainment. Not even a minute had passed before Colliers Wood were in the lead through Romario Hart. On 17 minutes it was 2-0 after a lovely finish from Ogunseye.

 

On 32 minutes, I had my very own Chris Kamara moment. Commentating for Wandsworth Radio, I reported that Croydon’s Jack Guildford had picked up a yellow card for a late foul. It was not until I was reporting back to our Sports Show, that I was made aware that it was actually a red. No wonder it was 3-0 by half time. White with the goal.

Just over 5 minutes of the second half were played before The Wood had made it four, through the impressive White with his second goal. The Croydon fans were given something to cheer for in the sixty-fifth minute as a penalty was dispatched by their best player of the day, Mfula. Any glimmer of hope for the Rams was crushed just 4 minutes later as The Wood’s substitute Embalo made it 5-1. Mfula made it 5-2 late on to see the game finish remarkably similarly to 2013’s tie.

I sat down with Colliers Wood manager Tony Hurrell after the game. It seemed

Embalo has had a huge contribution at the Wibbandune

Embalo has had a huge contribution at the Wibbandune

that I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t paying attention on the day as he struggled to retell the order of goals. ‘It was one of those days’ he chuckled and you couldn’t argue with him. He told me he was looking forward to the next round against Banstead Athletic taking place this Saturday, who The Wood had beat 6-2 in pre season.

 

Tony invited me into the clubhouse for a beer to round off what had been a cracking watch and great day for Colliers Wood. A win meant a £1,500 prize and this weekend’s prize fund stands at £1,925, money which goes a long way at clubs such as Colliers Wood.

Despite a draw and a loss to open the league campaign, the Wood will fancy their chances at Banstead and to match their best ever FA Cup showing.

 

In our 2016/17 season, we are covering as many games as possible to give you the BEST Sports Coverage in the area. On Saturday, we will be live from Banstead Athletic vs Colliers Wood United, in the FA Cup Preliminary Round. Our commentary team will be Steve Zetter and Harry Fell. Tune in on Saturday from 3pm for that game.

 

Featured image: Wandsworth Radio’s Sports Coverage Advert for 2016/17.

 

Facts and statistics correct as at 17th August 2016.

 

    

August 18th, 2016

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