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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Five teams that have surprised in the season so far


Glory Days takes a reflective look at the surprise packets of a turbulent season

After 27 matches, Division four has given its fair share of surprise upsets and falls from grace. Here are 6 teams that have impressed or disappointed in a yo-yo type of season: 

Colchester United

The U’s have impressed and have no doubt been the overachievers of season 7. Despite operating meagre resource, an average starting line rating of 85 and a very strict wage bill packet, Colchester United produced an unexpected surge in the first half of the season which saw they rise to as high as 2nd

However a significant trough and loss of form, dropping them to 10th place, many may have suggested that the overachievers had run their race for the season not so as a string of good recent performances have them perched quite well in 5th place. The unity and selflessness of the side has to be commended which is been lead by Captain Lamine Sane and the prolific scoring talents of Odion Ighalo (19 goals in 26 games) has given Colchester the perfect platform to push on to securing a playoff position this season 

Dagenham & Redbridge

The achievements of Dagenham & Redbridge shouldn’t be taken lightly by reader, manager wovlives has taken a side often referred to as “Dad’s army” with the starting XI averaging an age of 31 years old into a team of world beaters. Last week’s table topping clash dealt one of the biggest upsets to date for Division 4, with the Daggers defeated the side that had been first since the start of the season, Swindon Town 5-2 and took the lead. The beauty of the Daggers side is that there isn’t a stand out individual; it is rather more about the collective mentality. However the likes of Jermaine Jenas (9 goals, 4 assists) and Damien Duff (5 goals, 8 asists) have led the way into an unprecedented season so far.


In the lower divisions, careful financial spending and strict wage bills are necessary in order to survive administration. The arrival of manager Burrow has seen sweeping changes with big name departures such as Flores Chico, Aleksander Kolarov and Benoit Cheyrou, replacing them with English Championship players and a strict wage bill. Burrow has done wonders with his side, proving his doubters wrong and although he hasn’t risen from his 17th spot 22 from a possible 39 points. Not staggering in terms of wins and losses but he has transformed a debt ridden side into a financially sustainable outfit and he is doing a “Paul Lambert” by having Championship players playing at a higher level.  

Wycombe Wanderers

At the start of the season with names like Chris Smalling, Joe Cole and Scott Sinclair, a normal spectator may assume that Wycombe may have a year of dominance, topping the Division four table. However contrary to belief, Wycombe have suffered two seasons of mediocrity and the fans are pointing to finger straight at the manager and the administration.


The Spireites are having a season to remember climbing an amazing 14 places since last season. Manager Glory Days has foresaw the rise of his side with key off season acquisitions of Hugo Rodallega, Nemanjic Matic and Claudio Bravo have improved the significantly. A change in tactical nous and the dual headed monster of Torbinsky and Rodallega have all accumulated into the best season that Chesterfield have had since manage Glory Days took the helm. 


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