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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote WEvans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Oct 2023 at 15:02
Originally posted by Golden Jackal Golden Jackal wrote:

Indeed Boaty...."Esher is our cup final" is a little patronising to say the least.


Could you kindly point out who said "Esher is our cup final" that you quoted because I can't find it in the thread?
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Originally posted by Darth Raider Darth Raider wrote:

For me.....it looks like Dorking or Barnes for the title, with the former looking more and more like a very well run club.  I suppose Esher may yet recruit more and TJ's are looking sharp now, so things could get interesting.
At the other end of the table, NW are looking out of their league, figuratively and literally.  Otherwise, I think it is one from four for the second relegation place, from Raiders, Sevenoaks, Westcombe Park and Wimbledon.  Squad depth may well play a big part in this as the season progresses.....and Raiders have an unbelievably shallow squad.....and for the second season....no second team at all.  Four red cards already have not helped this situation.  I fear for them although there are still a few decent players at the club. Ouch

Darth...... It really is too soon to call the outcome. Lets have this discussion in mid February. Halliford expects immediate improvement from Esher, where Barnes have already won and Dorking are yet to visit. I think I read somewhere that TJ,s had acquired a large number of Old Elthamians former squad, so yes I expect they will soon go on a run. BP,s may yet prove critical come the end of the season. As for Worthing I am really surprised at the position they find themselves in. I have no idea what has happened, although there have been rumours of several key players moving on during the summer. Of course 2 recent red cards have not helped. I hope Raiders re-group and recover from their current position.
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HALLIFORD [/QUOTE] Injuries hindered us early on and we are also looking forward to the end of the World Cup when all of the squad will be available at last!
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Wish we at Westcombe had that luxury. How many of your squad are participating in the RWC
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sir_Q Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Oct 2023 at 07:33
Originally posted by WESTCOMBE RANGER WESTCOMBE RANGER wrote:

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Injuries hindered us early on and we are also looking forward to the end of the World Cup when all of the squad will be available at last!
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Wish we at Westcombe had that luxury. How many of your squad are participating in the RWC
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Originally posted by WESTCOMBE RANGER WESTCOMBE RANGER wrote:

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Injuries hindered us early on and we are also looking forward to the end of the World Cup when all of the squad will be available at last!
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Wish we at Westcombe had that luxury. How many of your squad are participating in the RWC
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darth Raider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Oct 2023 at 19:38
Nah.....sorry Fez.....can't wait until Feb.  Another very convincing win for the Dorks.....7 out of 7 TBP wins puts the Dorks in a favourite position for me.  The Barn Elms boys have won their last three games but, I expected these wins to be by more convincing scorelines.
Maybe Halliford is right about Esher....that was a very good performance against the Hawks at Molesey Rd today ?  The Hawks seem a strong side in defence so that was an impressive scoreline.

So I suspect that the top three this year may already be arranged ?

It might be much more interesting at the bottom, with four teams vying not to join NW in the drop.....could the City Side also get drawn in ?  I doubt that.  All of these contenders seem capable of picking up BP's and an very good finishing total might yet not be good enough.  The Oaks got an outstanding draw at TJ's in their local derby.....must have pleased their travelling fans Clap

My lot got some lads back from injury today and picked up an unexpected.....by most....but pleasing 5pts against OA's, who we have made a habit of beating of late Tongue 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Oct 2023 at 20:08
Will there be a drop?
Or will the leagues get reorganised?
See discussion over in clubhouse chat.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sweatysock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Oct 2023 at 23:27
relief to get our first home win of the season and well deserved by Worthing. Always think we have an advantage in the backs but struggle in set piece and generally in the forward battle but that wasnt case today
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I watched the Dorking game at a chilly Big Field on Saturday and like many was amazed to wacth the  Dorking No 5, Will Scoles run a try in from his own 10 meter line with Guernsey unable to lay a finger on him

Dorking have always had good conditioning but this year they are just relentless for 80 minutes and seem to have great depth in most positions. It is also good to have a top rate kicker in Henry Anscombe who just keep piling the points on. 

Looking forward to the Esher game in early December


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kentishman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 2023 at 15:31
From what I witnessed at the TJ game on Saturday I can’t rule them out of the relegation conversation. Sevenoaks were much the better side and were hugely unlucky not to get the win. There was also some very poor behaviour by the TJ players towards the Sevenoaks supporters. Based on the noise it was hard to believe TJ were the home team.
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Originally posted by Shamrose Shamrose wrote:



I watched the Dorking game at a chilly Big Field on Saturday and like many was amazed to wacth the  Dorking No 5, Will Scoles run a try in from his own 10 meter line with Guernsey unable to lay a finger on him

Dorking have always had good conditioning but this year they are just relentless for 80 minutes and seem to have great depth in most positions. It is also good to have a top rate kicker in Henry Anscombe who just keep piling the points on. 

Looking forward to the Esher game in early December



Nice to know those ex-Worthing players are still performing
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Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by Shamrose Shamrose wrote:



I watched the Dorking game at a chilly Big Field on Saturday and like many was amazed to wacth the  Dorking No 5, Will Scoles run a try in from his own 10 meter line with Guernsey unable to lay a finger on him

Dorking have always had good conditioning but this year they are just relentless for 80 minutes and seem to have great depth in most positions. It is also good to have a top rate kicker in Henry Anscombe who just keep piling the points on. 

Looking forward to the Esher game in early December



Nice to know those ex-Worthing players are still performing

It has taken a hard couple of years work to get them up to Dorkings standards, but we are now reaping the benefitsLOL

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sweatysock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2023 at 10:55
just a general question - why have there been no games for two weeks. Presumably linked to world cup, but as those games were at 8 pm , dont quite get the connection. Or am I missing something?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Golden Jackal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2023 at 13:20
Yes it was a great way of giving the players a rest...you cant keep flogging these guys every Saturday...especially at National League level...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Golden Jackal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2023 at 13:21
Yes the world cup was the ideal opportunity to give the players a rest....you cant keep flogging these guys every Saturday without a break...especially at National League level
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2023 at 14:24
There is generally one week of during the Autumn internationals.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Halliford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Oct 2023 at 17:21
The first week was the regular planned week’s break and then the bigwigs decreed that we all needed the day off to watch the RWC Final - at 8 pm!
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Any news on Guernsey v Barnes?
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stormy and rainy but looks like it is going ahead! Barnes have a few players stranded in London though who have not been able to fly this morning 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PM009 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Nov 2023 at 14:40
Third of the way through the season, what are people’s thoughts? Looking a good race at the top with Barnes and Dorking heading the way, Esher will be confident just in behind (still my favourites to win it). NW, unfortunately look out of their depth and gone, leaving an interesting race to avoid the other relegation spot! Should be an interesting few months ahead!
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