Published 26 September 2017
The NPL Football Academy (NPLFA) is pleased to announce that one of it’s former students at Belper Town is currently gaining work experience with the programme.
Tom Rodgers completed his two year BTEC in Sport qualification in the summer and is now looking to gain experience in media at both Belper Town and the NPLFA.
Over the next four weeks, Tom will be producing match week previews and reviews as well as providing live commentary on the designated NPLFA work experience twitter account at @NPLFAWorkExp starting with tomorrow’s local derby between Mickleover Sports and Matlock Town.
Here is Tom’s preview.
Mossley v Belper Town
Mossley host Belper Town on which will be their first league game of the season, the only game they have played was in the FA Youth Cup against Salford City where they were narrowly edged out by a tremendous goal. Belper Town come into this game off the back of a loss in the league against Leek Town but have won both their games so far in the Youth Cup against Ashby Ivanhoe and Eastwood. Mossley’s star of the show against Salford was goalkeeper Lawrence Gibson and Belper will have to be at their best if they are to get past him. The one to watch on the Belper side is forward Morgan Holloway who has scored 4 goals in his first 3 three games in all competitions this season and Belper will be relying on him to fire them to a first league win of the season. A returning duo of Harry Dudley and Jack Repton could also be set to make their first appearances of the season following injuries.
Mickleover Sports v Matlock Town
Mickleover Sports come into this game off the back of beating Witton Albion 7-0 on the opening day, Harry Stevens and Luke Proudler both scored two a piece that game so they will be looking to build on their goal tallies for the season against a Matlock side who went down 2-1 away at Warrington Town. Matlock were undone by a corner as well as a mistake from goalkeeper Bradley, so they will be looking to put that game behind them and try to pick up their first three points of the season.
Leek Town v Radcliffe Borough
Leek picked up a good first win of the season when they beat Belper Town 2-1 away from home, back on home soil they will be hoping to build on a positive result from the opening day to get two wins out of two. Charley Grindley grabbed himself a goal and caused Belper problems and will be looking to build on that against Radcliffe. Radcliffe are yet to play in the league so far, but have played in the FA Youth Cup where they were beaten by Nantwich Town. Radcliffe will be coming into this game with optimism and a belief that they can kick start their season at Leek.
Warrington Town v Witton Albion
Warrington Town will be coming into this game looking for and expecting two wins from two. After a solid display in a 3-1 victory at Matlock, Warrington could prove to be a force to be reckoned with this upcoming season, building on their magnificent cup victory last season they have started brightly and will hope to carry this on. Witton Albion were shrugged off with ease on matchday one by a strong Mickleover side as they were beaten 7-0, they come into this game against another strong opponent and getting a result will not be easy although anything can happen in football and they will be hoping to put on a better show at Warrington.
Matlock Town v Warrington Town
This game is a battle of two teams who have won their opening games, Matlock beat Mickleover away with a solid 2-1 victory in the battle of two Derbyshire sides, Matlock scored two very good goals that day and Liam Carrington dominated the game from the heart of midfield whilst also smashing home what was decisively the winning goal. Warrington come into this game off the back of a very good victory against Radcliffe Borough and also scored some very good goals, Warrington have a lot of strong runners with and without the ball and will pose a threat to most teams this season.
Radcliffe Borough v Mickleover Sports
On matchday one Radcliffe were undone by a strong Warrington side who looked very good. Radcliffe themselves picked up a couple goals and were certainly not dominated by Warrington. Radcliffe’s main threat is through Carlos Barocca, a strong runner with the ball and a player who loves to take players on, he will pose a threat to most teams this season and will surely help Radcliffe to try and take the spoils on home turf against Mickleover. Mickleover Sports were beaten by a Matlock side who looked to control the game and created a lot of chances, although Mickleover did score they didn’t look at their very best, this game will be a very intriguing contest and if either team can pick up three points it will be sure to spearhead them and give them some momentum.
Kidsgrove Athletic v Ossett Albion
Kidsgrove absolutely dominated proceedings in their opening game against new NPLFA side Carlton Town as they smashed in four and ran out 4-0 winners. Kidsgrove dominated their opening game and will expect to pick up another three points as they face newcomers Ossett Albion who got a credible draw with Sutton Coldfield opening day. Declan Chang picked up two goals for Kidsgrove and looked a real threat along with Keeylin Thomas who’s pace will frighten most teams this season and he also got onto the score sheet. Ossett Albion got a 0-0 draw with Sutton Coldfield opening day but would have been disappointed not to have won the game after having numerous chances to put the ball in the back of the net and win the game, Ossett created a lot of chances but just seem to miss that ruthless, clinical edge that they are going to need if they are to stand a chance against Kidsgrove and if they are to compete for the league.
Sutton Coldfield v Carlton Town
Sutton Coldfield drew with newcomers Ossett Albion opening day but will be thankful they grabbed a point after the amount of chances their opposition squandered. They will be looking to put that game behind them and look to tighten up at the back as they face another newcomer in Carlton Town who got dispatched by Kidsgrove on matchday one. Carlton didn’t really show much promise opening day so they will want to put things right when they play Sutton Coldfield and hope to get some points on the board to try and gather some sort of momentum.