The Reserves piece for today's Match Programme v Kiveton Park...
Danny Medforth’s first managerial season is turning out to be a real rollercoaster ride.
From the season’s start, the Stiffs’ sequence (in all competitions) reads: won one then lost two; won two then lost three; unbeaten in four then lost one – the only consistency is their inconsistency.
Last Saturday’s league defeat at home to AFC Woodlands wasn’t quite as emphatic as the 4-1 scoreline suggests. However, few observers would deny the Goole side’s superiority, especially after half-time and this will disappoint the manager who saw his team take a 30th minute lead through Josh Price’s volley.
As always, the Reserves were forced to cope with several last-minute squad adjustments. But they also didn’t help themselves in losing at least one player beforehand following “over indulgence” the night before.
The Premier Division is an unforgiving place and a sixth defeat has left Meddy looking anxiously over his shoulder as his side prepare to take on bottom club Beverley Town Reserves at Norwood. Defeat against a side yet to record a win would drag the Stiffs into another Premier Division relegation battle as we approach the New Year; something the current squad should be more than capable of avoiding.
At least the locals head to Beverley with two wins over the Beavers already under their belts. One of these came fairly recently, in the East Riding Senior Country Cup, a competition the Eastenders will be hopeful of making further progress in following the quarter-final draw (see p11).
In addition the New Year will bring another quarter-final tie, this time in the League Senior Cup where the Stiffs will travel to either Wawne United Reserves or Reckitts Reserves.
However, before attention turns to the knockout competitions, the locals must begin another upward curve in their campaign today and then hope to spring a surprise next Saturday when leaders South Cave Sporting Club visit Low Farm.
Saturday Update: Like their first team counterparts the Reserves have also been hit by withdrawals today. Along with Page and Campbell (called up to the Seniors), Meddy is without Keyworth and Everitt from last week's squad, while Kemp, Rutter and Nettleship are still out. Jon Beattie does make a return. Ben Akam (pictured) makes his debut in goal.
Squad - B Akam, J Price, P Brown, C Blanchard, C Foster, T McLaughlin, P Wilkinson, M Thompson, J Dawson, D Medforth, S Jamieson, J Beattie, AN Other
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