Saturday 8th December 2018
Brackley Town Saints v Bishops Cleeve
Hellenic League Premier Division
St James Park
Brackley Town Saints host Bishops Cleeve on Saturday looking to avenge the defeat that their guests inflicted on them back in September in the Challenge Cup by the odd goal in seven, since that day Saints have lost just once in thirteen games in all competition and go into the game top of the Hellenic League Premier Division and five points clear of their nearest rivals. Their top of the table clash at Wantage last weekend was washed out, this time they hope to keep their advantage intact against the side that are sixth in the table, and who also boast just one defeat in thirteen since they beat their hosts in that cup fixture.
This week Sports Shots caught up with midfielder Jordan Godfrey to ask how he joined the club and how he has settled in:
I played at university with Sam Hartley who’s involved with the club and he told me about the style of play, and that the quality of football being played was that good I decided it was my first choice for the season ahead. I’ve settled in well, it’s a nice group of lads and they made it easy. The club is very well organised
So where does Jordan prefer to play, and what formation best suits his style?
My preferred position is any of the central midfield spots, playing through the thirds gets the best out of me. The three-five-two we played at the start of the year or the four-one-four-one we’ve been playing of late suits me because the three central midfield positions in the formation help our possession based style of play
Did he ever imagine the club would be top at this stage of the campaign, and how have they maintained this amazing run?
Honestly yes, when I joined in preseason the message from the manager was that we wanted to win the league or a cup, and there has been belief within the squad from the start that we have the quality to do just that. We’ve maintained our start by working hard and showing our quality on match days, on our off days we showed good character to grind out the results we needed. We can keep this going!
How has the season been so far for Jordan?
It was a slow start for me in terms of being integrated into the team, but I’ve had a really good run of twelve or so starts so my fitness, performance & contribution to the squad have progressed a lot. The only targets I set myself are to keep fit and healthy
Which players have impressed so far in the Saints squad, and are they good enough to play that higher level?
All of our squad have been performing well, but to pick one I’d say (Alastair) Worby. He has made some really big saves in important games which has earned us some points. His distribution has also been key for us in how we play out from the back. I haven’t watched any of the football from the step above so I can’t really comment on how well equipped we’d be for it
After losing to Bishops Cleeve in that cup game, we asked Jordan how they need to improve this time around to beat their guests this Saturday:
They are a team with a lot of character and they just wanted the win more than us on that day. We just need to dig deeper this time around
Just how good a dressing room is it to be in at the moment, and do sides lift their games against you?
There is a really good buzz around the dressing room, everyone wants to beat the top of the table team so I would say so yes
Finally, we asked Jordan which teams have given Saints the toughest tests so far, who does he thinks will be their title challengers and which games does he feel he performed well in:
Ascot and Binfield were tough games for us, and Fairford who beat us. I think Ascot, Wantage Brimscombe & Bishops Cleeve will be around the top end of the table at the end of the season. My best games personally have been either Shrivenham or Abingdon, both away games
Sports Shots would like to thank Jordan for his time this week