The Charleston Battery will travel to the three and half hours north along the coast to take on the reformed Wilmington Hammerheads Saturday night at Legion Field.
This will mark the first competitive match up between the two clubs. Both have met frequently over the years in preseason matches and there has been a good relationship between the two sides over the years with players being loaned between the two clubs. In fact, Wilmington's coach Irving was a common fixture at Battery matches last season and at the Battery trials prior to the start of the 2011 season And Colin Falvey joined the Battery on loan (and later signed with the Battery) from Wilmington after the Hammer's 2009 campaign finished.
Charleston will be looking to break a four match scoring slump and win less streak. The Battery offense has created 44 shots over the last four games but have been unable to find the back of then net. No Quarter would be worried if the team wasn't creating chances but as some point, someone has to start putting it into the onion bag.
We are waiting on word on who is unavailable but one would have to think Dykstra is still a week or two away and Dugoni (back) is still questionable.
No Quarters line up prediction:
Marples, Falvey, Wilson, Zaher
Paterson, Peverley, Jackson, Armstrong
I could see Auggie maybe shaking up the front line a bit perhaps with J.C. Mack possible replacing Kelly.
Wilmington on the other hand seem to be on fire right now. Their last match saw them defeat FC New York 3-1 and they could leap frog the Battery in the standings with a win, even though they have played four less matches than the Battery.
The match will also be the second match in the 2011 Southern Derby Cup. The first match up saw the Battery defeat the Charlotte Eagles 2-1. The remaining Southern Derby dates will be Wilmington @ Charlotte on June 11, Wilmington @ Charleston July 14, Charlotte @ Wilmington July 23, and Charlotte @ Charleston August 12.
The Regiment and other Battery supporters will be taking a bus to the match to support the boys. Tickets for the bus start at $25 and include the match ticket and bus ride. More details if you want to get on the bus HERE. Currently there looks to more than 40 supporters making their way up Highway 17.
The match will be shown live and free Saturday night on USLlive with kick off at 7:30pm EST.