Relegation Battle

WAGGA MOON assesses the situation

After all the pre-season optimism and dreams of a play-off push or better in this knob-end league it has all gone tits up before the end of August. One win in seven games and five points on the board appears to suggest we have another relegation battle on our hands especially with games against Dagenham and Leyton Orient on the horizon.

Big questions need to be asked about new manager Craig Harrison and some of the deadbeats he has brought to the club and his team selections and formations. He appears to change tactics about three times a game and not always for the better. Seven games in and I don't think he knows what his best team is. and when he refers to Nicholas Featherlite as his Ginger Ginola you have to wonder if he is being serious. Or is he on this planet.

Scott Harrison has appeared in all seven games and dropped at least one bollock in every one. Yet he is our brave warrior according to our manager when in fact he is our red card waiting to happen.

Padraig Amond was on his bike last week for an apparent pittance as the "undisclosed fee" raised its ugly head. The manner of his leaving is still being questioned as Harrison said he refused to play and Amond denies this. The Newport manager stepped in and said Harrison offered to sell him Amond on the Wednesday before the game. Make your mind up on who to believe. If ever a player's talent was wasted by a club it was Amonds's. 39 goals for Grimsby in the National League playing alongside a big bustling striker in Omar Bogle. Now he starts at Newport alongside another big bustling striker in Frank Nouble and he started with a goal and an assist last Saturday. While with Pools he is played in a lone role up front by a succession of brain-dead managers. A complete waste of the guy's talent. I wish him well with his new club.
"He appears to change tactics about three times a game and not always for the better."

While we picked up our first win at the "mighty" Guiseley on Monday it is of grave concern that we had two injured players in the team and a midfielder playing full back. Now it is not that we have a small squad, far from it but come to August and we are relying on unfit players. By the manager's admission Scott Harrison and Jake Cassidy were not fully fit and both had to come off before the end. Whether they have made their injuries worse is anyone's guess. As we have binned the physio we might have more problems.

What was nice to see was Connor Simpson getting some game time. I would go as far to say that he should be in the team from the start; he may be young but he is certainly good enough compared to some of the rabble who have been getting a game. Hopefully we will see a couple of players brought into the club before deadline day although they will probably be loanees. Michael Ledger from Sunderland to replace Harrison and a striker to replace Amond would be sensible signings.

The Maidstone game on Saturday is certainly a big one for the manager. With the club's first choice for manager in the summer, Paul Cox, now looking for work, he would be well advised to take his team on a winning run.