In August 2010 three Maidenhead United fans were banned from attending home games, by a kangaroo court, for crimes they didn't commit. These men promptly encountered a jobsworth security blockade, and so escaped to the non-league underground. Today, still stigmatised by the MUFC Ltd hierarchy, they survive as supporters of fancy. If you enjoy a train away day - and if you can find them - then maybe you can share a drink with ... the K-team!
Bristol Rovers found themselves in a similar situation, vs Wrexham, the other week; No 1 Steve Mildenhall having to go off injured, before halftime, without a direct replacement among the subs. Here's what Darrell Clarke, the Gas manager, subsequently said:
"But you can't go down to 10 men against good opposition like that."
The aforementioned Magpies fan - who, I reiterate, was at the game - remarked that Ebbsfleet were 'average'; not once making a concerted effort to attack Bobby Behzadi, out-of-position at left back, for example. And as for 'going down to 10 men' ... shouldn't we be used to that by now?!
"In Will's defence, he has played maybe 10 games for us and been absolutely outstanding."
A Bath City fan, writing on the Conference Forum the other week, mentioned that Britt was 'hopeless' against them, recently, at Twerton Park.
"Will was at fault for the first goal and his decision-making for the second one was poor, but I can't criticise him as he's been excellent."
"Last week Hippolyte pubically [sic] criticised the performance of keeper Elvis [sic] Putnins who made a mistake between the sticks which led to a goal in the 2-1 victory over Met Police in the FA Trophy. According to Hippolyte, Putnins was not on the bench for the Ebbsfleet clash because they had 'a bit of a problem' with him."
Bit of a problem? Yeah, he's not up to scratch; regularly throws them in.
It continues to bewilder me that Drax has never seemed to place much/any importance on the goalkeeper position; preferring to opt for the relatively useless (Delroy Preddie; Louis Wells; Elvijs Putnins) or the 'presumably cheap, unproven youngster on loan' (currently Britt; countless others including Jesse 'refused to be named as a substitute for Cambridge' Joronen and Jonathan 'recently benched by Welling' Henly) rather than a decent No 1 who might cost a bit but won't let you down (Chris Tardif; Steve Williams). Is it coincidence that the likes of Tardif and Williams - also Shane Gore and Billy Lumley - didn't last, at York Road, for much more than one season each?