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A word from the Wise at Wincanton Town FC - September 2020

Monday 7 September 2020, 18:03
By Chris Wise

Wincanton Town FC stand and new 2020 kit

Wincanton will play its first home game of the new season tomorrow, Tuesday 8th September, after a crazy wait since March for competitive football.

The pre-season has gone well for the most part, playing competitive friendlies until we faced Gillingham Town away and had injury after injury occur, which is still hampering us now, weeks later, and will impact heavily on our team at Almondsbury this weekend.

Over the summer we added a few new players to our squad. Tom Richardson has joined from Axminster but has previously played with Bridport and Portland and he’s a good player and a great lad and he’s settled straight into the group. We’ve also brought in Aron Wallis, a left-sided player who has done well so far in pre-season. Another player we have brought in is Max Hinds from Shaftesbury FC. Max played here a few years previous and has since grown into a stronger, more confident player. Matt Garner has joined up front and he is another top addition; 6’6 and a powerful player, he will add plenty on and off the pitch with an eye for goal as well. Lastly, Mike Taylor has been tempted out of retirement to give play this season. The former Bristol City youth, Taunton Town player and Wincanton Town captain will be a fantastic signing and has shown already that his defensive and leadership qualities will be invaluable amongst our young squad.

Wincanton Town FC home fixtures for September and October 2020We lost 1-2 to Almondsbury on Saturday 5th September. To be able to put out a decent squad at all for this game, with Harry turner, Jamie Irwin and Tom Richardson all out for suspension, Connor Williams, Brett Cotterill, Danny Golden and Toby Cole all out with injury and Max Hinds having not cleared FA international clearance yet, shows the depth of the Wincanton Town squad this year. And when I say "squad" I also mean the reserves, from which I had to call on three players: Luke Davis (who was superb in a friendly for us in the week against Ilminster), Ryan Biss and winger Sam Fisher.

We went 1-0 up early; a Dan Wise cross to the back post was headed back across goal by Mike Taylor and was nodded home by Matt Garner for a great start. We could, and perhaps should have increased our lead within a first 25 minute spell we completely dominated on a terrible pitch, but it wasn’t to be and we went in at half-time 1-0 up. The second half was completely different and we deservedly went behind when Sam came out and got lobbed from distance. We then conceded another poor defensive goal 7 minutes from time, and despite Louis Irwin and Jack Atkins both having decent chances to level, it wasn’t to be. A frustrating result but not the end of the world with the players we have missing, and we can get a few back on Tuesday and go again in what will be a very tough game against Warminster.

This brings me on to the final point: we really, really need more support from the Town. Our attendances are always some of the lowest in the league, and I know the people of Wincanton would enjoy an afternoon here at Moor Lane cheering on some local talent! Our next game is this Tuesday 8th September, 7:30pm kick-off, just £5 adults and £3 concessions. We would LOVE to see you there.


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