This morning was supposed to be all about Maidstone United…They were playing Histon in the FA Trophy in potentially their biggest game in their history…but the rain started falling and at 2pm the game was off. With no time to implement plan B I had to endure a shopping trip and Radio 5Live as one of the most predictable results of the season filtered through my head (Birmingham City 1 West Ham United 0, scorer Lee Bowyer @ 40-1). Very disappointing indeed as I had travelled back from my Christmas party and awards ceremony in Copenhagen still wearing by black tie for the occasion.
So not wanting to leave you all hanging, and still finishing off a couple of other blog posts I thought I would do a quick update on a couple of our featured teams this season from the blog..
Our friends from the south of Copenhagen’s season didn’t improve much from when we was there two months ago (see here for our trip). After their home defeat to the mighty FC Copenhagen in October they drew two and lost four games, leaving them in bottom place with 8 points at the Christmas break. However, their defensive issues have been sorted and each game as been close with all four defeats being by a single goal. But there is a bit of good news on the horizon. Due to a fortunate draw they do have a chance of glory still in the Ekstra Danish Cup. A couple of wins against lower league teams have put them into the quarter-finals where they will be playing OB in April. With Brondby and FCK out, they are only two wins off a spot in the Europa League.
Our other featured Danish team continues to impress though. As well as making it through to the quarter finals of the cup they went into the long winter break still top of the league, leading FCK by a single point. With Roy Carroll still inspiring them in goal and Peter Utaka heading the scoring charts in the league, Fionia Park is not a place many teams want to visit. We did, back in October and we loved it! Since then the club have won four and drawn two goals, but did lose their last game before the break to FCK. Interesting times in the second half of the season we think.
When we were in Dublin for their game against Drogheda United, Bo’s trailed Shamrock Rovers by a couple of points having just lost to them. After the game lady luck played her hand, and whilst Shamrock faltered, Bo’s form was top draw, winning four and drawing one game to take the title by four points. Our friends from Drogheda also found some form in the end and stayed up as Bray were relegated.
Played 17 lost 17 was the story last month for Durham City in the Northern (Unibond) First Division. It is now played 20 lost 20 and the team followed up their 11-0 defeat to the now (defunct) Kings Lynn, with a 7-0, a 7-1 and a 4-0 defeat. However, they did run Frickley Athletic close with a 3-2 two weeks ago. The players continue to play with spirit and professionalism that is earning them praise from all querters.
Despite exiting the FA Cup in the qualifying stages, the team from north London continues its journey to Wembley on another front as they are now in the last 32 of the FA Vase where they will host Daventry Town in January.
And finally, we covered some of the bigger teams in our domestic leagues. West Ham United is a constant source of jokes and we are almost certain to go into Christmas in the relegation zone and with Dean Ashton, our great white hope having announced his retirement from the game. Lewes FC go from strength to strength on and off the pitch. Another fine performance away in the FA Trophy to Hampton & Richmond sees them in the draw (albeit with a replay) for the 2nd round and one defeat in seven has seen the team start to climb the table with the tax man once again satisfied with the financial situation. Luton Town continue to flounder after the sacking of Big Mick Harford back in September and despite still being in the FA Cup, they are outside the playoff zone in the Blue Square Premier and out of the FA Trophy.
So there we have it – a quick fill in post thanks to the weather!