… "I saw the last of Waring…
Oh, never star was lost here, but it rose afar!"
Before we get to the stage of competing seriously in the “real” Cup, and probably face the might of Boldmere St. Michaels, we have the 1st round of the EFL Cup (Carabao Cup, League Cup, take your pick) where we travel to the Wirral to take on Andy Cook’s previous club Tranmere Rovers. Newly promoted to League 2, Tranmere have made a good start with their League form matching ours:-
August 4th Stevenage (A) Drew 2-2
August 11th Cheltenham Town (H) Won 1-0
A factor to note about these results is that all 3 goals were scored by James Norwood, who formed the striking partnership with Andy Cook at Prenton Park. It would seem that if we keep Norwood quiet we improve our chances of progressing. Just think … a Cup run…
What of Dean Keates’ team selection? If he is taking this competition seriously he could well stick with the starting XI against Scunthorpe - on the other hand it may well be a suitable occasion to give squad players more than a cameo role. I’m sure we would like to see what Josh Gordon is capable of, and Maz Kouhyar’s appearance late on at Cheltenham certainly showed promise. Wait and see!!
Prediction? Our new-found attacking attitude should see a Saddlers’ win, so how about a 1-2 result, with Cook and Gordon finding the net.