The games do really come think and fast early in the season. Do I really need to write a preview yet? Yes! I won’t take a break tomorrow in order to leave work early, then I need to head off for Eastbourne at 4.30. I’m going to Eastbourne via Lingfield, as a friend of mine is going racing and its worth getting picked up from there in order to benefit from a lift back to Anonymous Dons Towers in Surbiton Village.
While I’m on the subject of that small part of Surbiton between Maple Road and the river that doesn’t really exist unless you are an estate agent, or like me a snobbish social climber who wishes to clarify they definitely don’t live in one of the ghetto areas of town… Anyway, back to the point. I had a nasty case of the Mondays today, and I only snapped out of it while walking down a side road that leads to where I live. I spotted a Dons sticker in the window of a blue Subaru parked down there, which reminded me that Tuesday will bring football, our first away trip of the season, and all the excitement that entails. So, to the owner of that vehicle, thanks a lot! (And by the way, of you live down that particular street, get in touch… you may have the pleasure of becoming the Anonymous Dons personal chauffeur at some stage in the future…).
So all this filling is down to the fact that, erm… I don’t really know too much about Eastbourne Borough. Now they were one of the few clubs I managed to knock out a Conference File for (and for those of you who missed it – https://anonymousdon.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/the-conference-files-eastbourne-borough/). A decent little club who appear to have a lot going for them… an opinion I will backtrack on in my match report if they manage to beat us…
Anyway, The Dons find themselves carrying the tag of Unbeaten In The Conference – Ever into this game. Failing to continue our winning start of season record is tempered by the fact that the last time a Wimbledon team lost on opening day was to a certain Manchester United in 1996…
Eastbourne will be looking for their first points of the season after dropping 0-3 to a Wrexham side that sound like they might be a bit of a handful this season, and probably fancy their chances of taking points off the Dons. It seems like a big crowd is expected, with the game all-ticket for Dons fans (except for those who turn up on the night with no colours…). Having taken a look at the Eastbourne side for that game, no-one leaps out except for Danny Knowles who used to play for Grays and Woking (I think…) and the much travelled Simon Weatherstone (much travelled in that I know he has played for a few Conference sides, just I can’t remember which!).
I’m on safer ground with striker Jamie Taylor… yes, that Jamie Taylor, who scored some belters for us some five years ago now (it seems so long ago…). Finally, The Sports manager Garry Wilson has guided them to where they are today from County level, but more importantly used to play or the brilliantly named Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC…
On to the Dons. Terry Brown certainly seems confident, yet he has no reason not to be. This is where the squad really comes into play, and my expected team lineup is a follows;
Not sure I can justify this as anything more than a hunch, but like Saturday I might be close with the 1-11 but Terry could have them playing in any formation. Moore for example could have a free role behind the front two, or on the left. If Moore plays behind the front two expect Hussey to come in at left back and Derek Duncan to move forward, Hatton would presumably be sacrificed in this situation. Hatton could also miss out if Terry favours Wellard, or gives Godfrey another go instead.
With both Kedwell and Main starting, its a chance for Rapson to take his place on the bench, unless Moore doesn’t start of course. In that situation Moore will be there as a replacement forward – a situation that those who missed pre-season are in for a treat, as he works so hard for the team. Of course there is a chance that Moore could even start upfront, especially if Kedwell isn’t as fit as he made out to the papers last week…
Picking the starting lineup seems nigh on impossible when you sit and work out the potential variations – yet last time out I got 9/11 starters… how close will I be this time. Only Terry knows…