By Lucas Monk
Damion Beckford-Quailey’s side have made a blistering start to the new season. A somewhat unfortunate FA Cup exit aside, they secured a hard-fought 1-0 win away to a heavily fancied Rugby Town outfit in their last outing. It was their third win in as many league games, and followed resounding defeats of Northampton ON Chenecks (5-0) and Desborough Town (4-0). Owing to this imperious winning streak, Shepshed are second in the table ahead of this match, and a win tomorrow could well take them to the summit. They will be confident of their chances, but a tough match is in prospect.
Harborough have enjoyed similarly auspicious beginnings to their campaign. The Bees are currently the league leaders, as mentioned earlier, and have lost only one of their opening five matches, a 1-0 home defeat to Wellingborough in their most recent outing. They had won their last three prior.
It is too early to tell if these two sides have enough about them to last the pace, but, as Laozi once said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, as does a season with one match. It may be early days, but if both of these teams can roughly maintain their current standards over the next few months they may well be battling one another for promotion. As it is, building momentum in the early weeks of the season cannot hurt, which makes this match an already crucial one.
This could well be a closely fought match, but Dynamo may just about merit the billing of slight favourites to take all three points. The signing of Harry Wakefield earlier in the week was a clear statement of their lofty ambitions for the season. The prolific striker has moved to The Dovecote from Ilkeston Town, and will add some much needed firepower to the club’s attacking arsenal. He follows in the footsteps of Matt Dawson and Cameron Day. They both made their debuts in the win at Rugby Town after signing from Stamford and Boldmere respectively. These additions will doubtless strengthen the squad for the foreseeable future.
With both sides scoring goals in plenitude so far this season, the match is finely poised and promises to be a compelling one, and it would be fitting if a healthy crowd graced The Dovecote for what could prove a crucial clash come the end of the season.