Ethan scores a 90th minute equaliser!
No mention of him in the 1939/40, 37/38 or 29/30 Handbooks, DC.Anyone have any information on a former player called William Baverstock? He played in the 1930s apparently?
When you look at the individual quality in the Merstham squad over the past couple of years they've badly underachieved. That team is nowhere near the sum of its parts.I attended that game because of the Billericay postponement. He didn't particularly cover himself in glory but then nor did many of the Merstham side, it was a torrid performance.
Despite the odd error he was pretty reliable really, but I wasn’t in any way suggesting Gavin was wrong to let him go. I think the tightening of our defence has been a major factor in the improved results that have been achieved this season. Just seemed a bit of a disconsolate message.We already have 4 good centre backs plus a fifth out on loan to Welling. Drage is still good enough for a better side than Merstham.
Totally agree - I was a big Drage fan and he undoubtedly improved us when he came in. The good points definitely outweighed the bad. Of course, our defence has improved again this season but I wouldn't say it's entirely due to new signings - in my view Taylor and Weatherstone have both upped their games from last season, and I also think Preston has been better this time round.I think Drage was great. Agree with Macca that he had one or two damaging lapses in concentration, but he was immense in the home game against Macclesfield for example. I hope he finds somewhere quickly!
Both Chambers and Taylor are vastly improved players compared to when they returned. Their time at the Palace "academy" had clearly destroyed their confidence and ability to defend at times (e.g. Folkestone away last season). Gav, Junior and Kevin should take a lot of credit for rehabilitating their careers to an extend that it wouldn't surprise me if pro clubs are sniffing.Totally agree - I was a big Drage fan and he undoubtedly improved us when he came in. The good points definitely outweighed the bad. Of course, our defence has improved again this season but I wouldn't say it's entirely due to new signings - in my view Taylor and Weatherstone have both upped their games from last season, and I also think Preston has been better this time round.
He's been most directly replaced by Rickie Hayles in the middle of the back 3, who is a technically inferior footballer but a better defender in my view, as well as being vastly more experienced.Drage wouldn’t get in the team this season. He was good on his day, but taylor and chambers have come in leaps and bounds, I agree
I understand picking that three recently in that Ash & Ferguson aren’t in great form, Beaney deserved a run of starts, Onovwigun’s form every time he played demanded selection, and Kargbo is so damn loveable. With Reise in the side it works because he’s so good. (In some ways it reminds me of Ged Houllier’s approach when Michael Owen was breaking through; you knew he’d score so why not set up defensively to get yourself a 1-0.) But I agree that without that “guaranteed” goal, we’ll need an effective goal-scoring and creating ten. Which I think will end up meaning a call has to be made on either Kargbo or Onovwigun.Bit hard to score them from the bench! With Reise in the team, then we can play three defensive midfielders. Will need Ash and/or Ferguson back in the team if he leaves.