Team of the Week 18th January
Who makes it into this week’s top three?
It’s Monday, which means it’s team of the week time once again. This week, a team on a massive winning streak, a cup upset and a club making big strides off the pitch.
Third Place: Hereford FC
We are all familiar with how The Bulls’ story has gone over recent years, but it looks as though things are back on track, both on and off the pitch.
This is their first season since they were formed from the wreckage of the mismanaged Hereford United, and they are making light work of it. Saturday saw them destroy fellow Step 5 outfit Leicester Nirvana 6-0 to reach the fifth round of the FA Vase, and also stretched their winning streak to an incredible twenty seven matches.
The last time Peter Beadle’s side tasted defeat was way back on August 25th; a 4-5 home reverse against Coleshill Town. They unsurprisingly occupy top spot in the Midland Football League Premier Division, twelve points clear of Alvechurch, although they have played five games more.
It is a great story of how fans can rally in the face of adversity. They regularly get more than two and a half thousand through the gate, and in ex-Didcot Town man John Mills have a striker who has already hit forty goals this season.
The Bulls are certainly on the charge!
Second Place: Stourbridge FC
We all love an upset – unless it’s inflicted on our club – and Northern Premier League Premier Division Stourbridge did it again on Saturday. Their 1-0 win at National League Braintree Town was the fourth time that they have seen off one of nonleague’s top flighters in this season’s cup competitions. Previously, they have seen off Kidderminster twice and Dover Athletic, and this latest success sees them into the last sixteen of the FA Trophy. Their reward is another away day, at the eventual winners of the tie between fellow NPL teams Bradford Park Avenue and Nantwich Town.
The Glassboys are also handily placed for a playoff push in the second half of the season.
This is not a victory achieved on the pitch. Far from it in fact. Gary Mills’ team have lost their last five games, including Saturday’s 1-0 Trophy loss at Torquay United.
No, this award is for the club’s announcement in the past few days. For the first time since they became a fan owned club, they have recorded a profit. It’s not a huge profit – £11,587 – but it’s a massive milestone for a club that is a little different to most supporter run clubs. Rather than reforming a phoenix club from the ashes of a defunct entity, the Wrexham Supporters Trust took on the club as it was, including the million pound debts. They have since paid off their creditors in full, making the news of their profit even more fantastic. And in their 150th year to boot!
In Mills, they have an experienced manager who will surely turn around their on pitch form. They are only eight points outside the playoff positions in the National League, therefore a promotion back to the Football League is not out of the question.
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