Saturday 22nd September 2018
Brackley Town Saints v Royal Wootton Bassett Town
Hellenic League Premier Division
St James Park
Brackley Town Saints host Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Saturday at St James’ Park hoping to build upon their terrific start to the Hellenic League Premier Division campaign, which see’s them sitting in seventh place and with games in hand that could take them up to second at the very least. The table has a very unfamiliar look so far with Ascot United top of the league, and with Wootton Bassett in fourth place a difficult afternoon lies ahead for the Saints.
This week Sports Shots caught up with versatile defender Charlie Kille to ask what he thinks the good start to the season has been down to:
This season as a team we have changed a lot compared to last year, the coaches are working in a more professional way, helping all of us as a team and individually
Has being part of a young squad now started to reap its rewards?
100%. I’ve been playing with some of the lads for years now and when you are all around the same age everyone just clicks with each other. We all know each other inside out and it helps us on the pitch because of how close we are off the pitch!
Saints have played seven league games winning five and losing just two, what happened in the two losses?
I wasn’t at the Holmer Green game where we lost by a single goal but from what the lads have said there wasn’t enough energy from the start, we started slow and when you go a goal down its always a hard hill to climb to get back into it. Then our three-one loss to Binfield once again we started very slowly and they capitalised upon that. We didn’t work as a team in the first half!! But we have to dust ourselves down and move on
Does Charlie think the league is wide open this year?
The league this season is very open and for many teams. We will be up there at the end of the season likewise many others
What can Saints expect from Wootton Bassett on Saturday, and what did the games against them last year bring?
From previous experience they will be aggressive from the start, it will be a great game but with our pitch we will have the confidence to knock the ball around and do what we do best. Last year they were strong all over the pitch, they like to make the big challenges early on and make their opposition nervous
How has the season started for Charlie personally?
It’s started off okay for me so far, I have lots to work on but I’m grateful that the lads trust me wherever I play. I’ve got smaller targets this year like scoring four goals and to stay in the starting eleven all season long
Finally, we asked what Charlie would view as a successful season for the team:
A successful season for us will be to reach the targets we’ve been set by our coaches and get promoted. That would be a huge achievement!
Sports Shots would like to thank Charlie for his time this week