Next up - Hayes & Yeading United
Saturday, 3rd November at Wodson Park SG12 0UQ;
Bostik Isthmian League Div. 1 (South Central), kick off 3pm.
Admission - Adults £10, Concessions £5, under-14s free with paying adult.
It's been four weeks since our last competitive home game but the wait may well be worthwhile as we welcome one of the clear promotion favourites, second placed Hayes & Yeading Utd.
They have a game in hand on leaders Waltham Abbey and a better goal difference than third placed Bracknell. All three are playing this weekend so there may be no change in the table and that game in hand will not be played until November 20th. By that time Hayes & Yeading will have missed another fixture due to their continuing involvement in the FA Trophy at Banbury next week.
So we have the entertaining spectacle of a highly successful side coming to Wodson Park but that brings a drawback. We are looking to maintain an unbeaten home record in the league and to recover from the disappointing defeat at Hanwell a fortnight ago so strong opponents are not what we are looking for.
The midweek win at Welwyn Garden City left Paul Halsey thinking that he had found the best formation up front. If so it will have a strong test against a team that has conceded less than a goal a game whilst the Ware defence faces a forward line scoring at a rate of over four a game. It should be fun.
This is our first meeting with Hayes & Yeading though we were on the wrong side of an 8-0 FA Cup result at Yeading in 1994, thirteen years before the merger that brought about the present club.
Ware will be without Harry Norman who is suspended for one match after collecting five yellow cards so far this season, some with his previous club Soham in case you were counting and came to a different number. As a result we can expect Charlie Yexley to be at right back.
The programme for this game (£1.50 on the gate) includes Matt Walker's continuing series on his football tour of Europe, Ian Bush's latest match photos, Traveller's Tales and Aiden's Astroturf series which this week looks at a possible 48-team World Cup and offers some words on Glenn Hoddle who used to watch his father playing for us. You will also find the fixtures, results and tables for all our age teams.