Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) www.leaderlive.co.uk.
As we look for our third league double of the season tomorrow, we’ll also be trying to maintain our hundred per cent record against Solihull Moors.
Our first clash, in December 2012, nearly derailed our FA Trophy run long before that glorious afternoon at Wembley against Grimsby. We started the second round tie badly, losing Rob Ogleby to a 13th minute head injury and conceding the first goal. Brett Ormerod equalised on the stroke of half time, but we fell behind again early in the second half.
Our response was decisive. We equalised again almost immediately through Ogleby’s replacement, Adrian Cieslewicz, and within another five minutes Dean Keates had hit the winner from the penalty spot.
Our second clash with Solihull was the second home game of this season, and it looked to be petering out into a goalless draw when Mark Carrington slid in to score a 91st minute winner. It’s an indication of how the season has gone that just four of the sixteen man squad for that match started last Saturday.