Words by Calvin Dunleavy
Following a 1-0 loss against Eastwood Community last week, their first of the new league season, Ollerton Town FC will be looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to Graham St Prims tomorrow in the East Midlands Counties League.
The Prims have struggled somewhat so far this season, sitting in 19th place, only gathering four points from six matches in the league, winning one, drawing one, and losing four. However, results have been improving and their win and draw came earlier this month whilst in midweek, they were narrowly defeated by a strong Clifton All Whites side.
The Town will still be without their star man Gav King, who is on the second of his three game ban. Ollerton will be hoping that Ben Partridge, who still has an impressive scoring record this season, can step up and fill King’s shoes along with fellow winger Conor Green, and Kurtis Morley who operated as centre forward against Eastwood.
A possible danger man for The Prims could be Charlie Goodwin, who has scored two goals in his last three matches, including the first goal in that midweek tie against Clifton All Whites.
Despite the loss last week, The Town still have the best goal difference in the league with twenty-one and the mood around the club remains very high after a strong start to the campaign.
Following their defeat last Saturday, Ollerton now sit in 5th in the league, dropping from 3rd place, with Belper United and Eastwood Community jumping over The Town. Belper United don’t have a match in the league this weekend, so Ollerton will hope to at least climb back into 4th.
Graham St Prims have only played three times this month, because one of their players tested positive for COVID-19 on the 8th of October, meaning their squad had to self-isolate for two weeks. They played their first match back on the 24th, and played again on the 27th, which means that fatigue could be an issue this weekend against The Town.
There was some bad news for the fans planning on travelling down to the match on Saturday, with the new COVID-19 restrictions in place, away supporters are currently asked not to attend the game.