10:03am, Wed 2nd Sep 2009
I spoke to Graham earlier this morning for some news about the line-up for tonightâ€™s reserve game at home to Godalming Town (7.30pm kick-off).
Graham plans to play a mix of the more senior Academy lads, some of the players on the bench on Monday and a couple of trialists. One of the trialists will be Ben Akwuegbu, the former Nigerian World Cup player who scored two goals in the reservesâ€™ 4-0 win on Saturday.
Graham says that heâ€™s checking out Ben because he offers, potentially, a different set of attributes from his existing forwards. Heâ€™s older (mid 30â€™s), is experienced, is a â€˜hold the ball up target manâ€™ and scores most of his goals in the six-yard area (â€œfinding space in a crowded penalty area is an artâ€�). Ben has played most of his football away from his home country and has recently moved to London. Graham has got a DVD focusing on Benâ€™s career but wasnâ€™t able to see him on Saturday, so tonight is an opportunity to see him in a competitive game.
The weather forecast isnâ€™t great for this evening but Graham thought that the match wouldnâ€™t be in doubt: the pitch is in very good condition and thereâ€™s no first team home game on Saturday to worry about. But if anyone wants to check later, please ring the Club.
Admission is Â£4 for adults and Â£2 for OAPs/children/season ticket holders.