Player/coach Lewis Ayres previews the trip to Pershore Town 88 for the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday.
7 October 2020
So far, the Meadowmen have seen off WMRL opponents, Wednesfield FC in the Vase, coming from 3-1 down to take the game to penalties and were victorious 5-4 from their spot kicks.
Ayres is adjusting to life on the side-line with his new colleagues and says they have all knitted well as a group so far, on and off the pitch.
On the fixture:
“There are no easy games at this level and we have always got to be on our game to get the results we strive for. Pershore will be a tough opposition for sure, and that means making sure our boys are physically and mentally ready for the challenge.
“Technically our squad won’t come up against many better at this standard, so our job as coaches is to make sure they are switched on, fit and tactically aware, once we get those small but important details right we will soon get on a run.”
On the FA Vase:
“It’s always great to be involved in cup competitions throughout the season. We know ultimately, the league is our priority but cup games allow us to take a break in a way, maybe try some new things or further implement ideas and the way we want things to pan out. We don’t have all the time in the world to train and work on different things so these competitions give us more of a chance to be bold and maybe try something new.
“A possible cup run is great for the club and the lads, it can give a squad a real boost, when you look at our cup games so far this season they haven’t been dull affairs either so its great entertainment for everyone involved. The coverage that teams get and not to mention the financial side of things, at this level, it’s huge for clubs like us.”
On his side-line colleagues:
“Yeah they are a great bunch, a couple of wrongens in there but a decent group of blokes. I only knew Wardy on a personal level when he asked me to come and be a part of the staff, but ever since I came in we have all been in constant communication and have all knitted really well.
“We have a great mix of experience, (life experience and football) life professionals and some decorated coaches. I’m looking forward to developing as a coach a person and a player with all of the lads.”