Match Preview: Wembley (H) – League
By Leon Waite – @leonwaite98
A welcome homecoming for United this week as following two fixtures on the road- both ending in disappointment- Cristian Colas’ men can see to regain some momentum in the first game of 2018 at Second Meadow.
Away form has stuttered worryingly in recent times with the 4-0 decimation at the hands of high-flying Leighton Town preceding a narrow but unsatisfactory 3-2 defeat at Crawley Green last time out. However, performances on home turf in the last two matches particularly have been encouraging and yielded a couple good results- including the 5-2 thumping of fourth-placed Leverstock Green- which provided a demonstrable indication of the team’s potential.
The Lions sit ninth in the table and have simultaneously struggled for consistency and success away from home on the pitch, whilst also becoming embroiled in a trademark dispute with the FA off it over the club’s logo as it could cause ‘confusion’ between them and Wembley Stadium.
After the North-Londoners contested a 1-1 draw with Colas’ charges back in late October- the Bedfordshire club were able to successfully navigate to Vale Farm without unintentionally detouring to the national stadium- Ian Bates’ side succumbed to six successive losses across all competitions.
They arrested that sequence with a 3-0 win at home to Colney Heath, who they incidentally lost 3-1 to the game before, prior to overcoming Cockfosters 4-2. Familiar shortcomings have arisen once again, though, with a 2-0 defeat at Edgware Town followed by a 2-1 home reverse to Leverstock.
United have slipped a couple places in the table with Wembley one of the sides who’ve leapfrogged them so it should be a highly-competitive encounter at Second Meadow on Saturday, KO 3pm.