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Book review – The Katharine Code by Jorn Lier Horst

Posted in Authors, Books with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Michael Joseph [Published 9 august 2018]

The latest novel featuring Chief Inspector William Wisting (there are other Wisting books already published although this is a stand-alone one), who has a case he has never managed to solve, that of Katharina Haugen who went missing twenty-four years ago. All she left behind was her husband Martin and a mysterious string of numbers scribbled on a piece of paper – the Katharina code.

Marketed as one for fans of Inspector Wallander, Jorn Lier Horst is similar to Henning Maknkell in that he builds the atmosphere slowly to a riveting finale. The plotting is good, moving along at a steady pace and nothing outlandish in the events that unfurl. Wisting’s character one you can empathise with and it will come as no surprise that this book/series is lined up for a TV adaptation.

Highly recommended for lovers of Scandinavian based crime and anyone after a well written crime novel.

Southampton sack Mark Hughes

Posted in Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , on December 3, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After just eight months in charge Southampton have sacked Mark Hughes. His win percentage was even worse at Southampton than his time at Stoke

Match of the Week – Bromsgrove Sporting v Didcot Town

Posted in Didcot, Didcot Town FC, Football, Match of the Week, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Last week’s match saw Fulham beat Southampton 3-2 as the Mark Hughes magic touch continues to work at Southampton 🙂

Stoke beat Derby County at home on Wednesday 2-1 despite Etebo being sent off in the first half. Goals from Clucus and Ince sealed the win for us. Reading away this Saturday afternoon, who despite their low placing in the table have only lost one of their last five home games.

Match of the week this week is Didcot Town who have now had four wins on the trot, including a late winner in a 4-3 win over Bedford Town on Tuesday night. That win move them up to fifth and into the play-off zone, when just over a fortnight again they were fourth from bottom, albeit with games in hand. Saturday sees the Diddy away at second placed Bromsgrove Sporting. They have yet to drop any points at home this season, so a very tough game for Didcot. They are a relatively new club having only formed in 2010, with an impressive average attendance of over750. Tough game for both teams and will go for 2-2.

Match of the Week – Fulham v Southampton

Posted in Football, Match of the Week, News, non league footnball, Stoke City FC with tags , , on November 23, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Gibraltar were soundly beaten 6-2 by Armenia to end any promotion hopes in the UEFA Nations League

Fulham have a new manger Claudio Ranieri who guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015/16. Fulham are currently bottom of the Premier League, having lost five on the trot and face Southampton, managed by former Stoke boss Mark Hughes. They are just above the relegation places having picked up three draws in their last five games. I am going for a Fulham win 2-1 and hopefully they will hasten Mark Hughes getting the sack as he will ruin Southampton like he did at Stoke and QPR previously.

Stoke’s U21 game at Port Vale in the Checkatrade trophy will take place on December 4 at 7pm. Stoke have been allocated 4,000 tickets and despite the early kick off should see a decent sized crowd.

Stoke host QPR tomorrow, with QPR on a good run of form and Stoke need to find that goal scoring form again. Etebo looks set to miss out having got back only yesterday from international duty, whilst Tom Ince has only trained recently following an injury. Maybe we can start with Bojan?! Former player John Eustace is current assistant manager at QPR.

Didcot Town won 2-1 away at Barton Rovers midweek to lift them to eleventh in the table. Next game is at home to Kempston Rovers this Saturday.

Match of the Week – Gibraltar v Armenia

Posted in Football, Gibraltar, Match of the Week with tags , , , , , on November 16, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Gibraltar have won three of their last five games, as they take on Armenia tonight. A win tonight and against Macedonia on Monday would give them the chance of topping their group and earning a chance at promotion to the C League in the UEFA Nations League. Their world ranking is now at 190 – up from 206th. If they do gain promotion they would face teams such as Scotland.

Last week’s FA Cup first round saw Newport County beat the Met Police 2-0, with the Met Police having a player sent off!

Didcot Town add two new players

Posted in Didcot, Didcot Town FC, Football, football transfers, News, non league footnball with tags , , , , on November 16, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Didcot Town have added to last month’s loan signing of Oxford Utd striker Brandon Taverner, adding Greg Hackett from Ardley United, who has scored sixteen goals in sixteen games (Benik Afobe take note!!!), and winger John Dennis from Reading City. All three will provide much needed cover and competition for places, plus hopefully a few goals between them!

Next up is Dunstable Town at home in the league this Saturday 3PM KO.

Stoke City U21 face Port Vale in the Checkatrade Trophy

Posted in Stoke City FC on November 16, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City U21 face a short trip across the Potteries to face Port Vale in the knock out stages of the Checkatrade Trophy. It will be the first competitive match between the two teams since 2002. The fixture will be on a date yet to be confirmed in January. Sure to be a good attendance from both sets of supporters.