Saturday 1st December 2018
Wingrave v Great Horwood
Great Horwood face a trip to Wingrave on Saturday in the Oving Cup and look to build upon their success over Deanshanger two weeks ago, in what has been a frustrating season so far. Their game against Deanshanger was the first they had played in four weeks, a good win was then met by another two weeks off, so no momentum is allowed to build when it is most needed and going into a spell of cup competitions without a good run of games behind them may be detrimental to their ambition. Wingrave are currently towards the base of the ADL Premier Division but their results in November show their games have encountered thirty-three goals in just four games, and they have lost their last three fixtures so Horwood will be confident of progressing.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Great Horwood captain Sam Archer to ask how he feels the season has been so far:
We haven’t had the results we would want so far, and its easy to say that its down to players being out or the sporadic fixture schedule but the honest truth is that we haven’t been playing that well. We’ve knocked the ball around nicely but we’ve struggled to get it in the net. We’ve had two games this season where I really thought we played well and that was against Linford at home and our last game against Deanshanger, hopefully we can continue with that form
How has the season been for Sam Archer?
It’s been ok, but not really good enough. The only highlight for me so far is that I’m ahead of my brother in the goal scoring records!
With Horwood sitting eighth in the table, has it been a poor start or are their games in hand yet to play a part?
It’s been a disappointing start, but I’m hoping we hit some form now, and we usually play better during the winter months. We plan to be in the top four and to keep progressing in all the cup competitions
Having played nine league games to date, Horwood have already used twenty-five different players, has this affected things?
That is a lot higher than usual, we normally have about sixteen or seventeen players that turn up every week, that fact we have used so many isn’t enough to affect results though
We asked Sam which opposition have impressed so far?
Duston have to be the most impressive side that we’ve played in the league, they beat us two-one at home & their attitude is always great. I think when we play them away later this season it will be a closer battle
A good win over Deanshanger last time out, how was the game?
A lot better, as I said earlier our best performance of the season, we knocked the ball around nicely and if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper, we could have had seven or eight. Our back four were brilliant as well, I don’t think we conceded a shot on target
Away at Wingrave this weekend, what are the squad expecting to be up against?
All I know is they beat Stewkley from our league last year in this competition, but with the Oving Cup rules it could just mean that there were a few players ruled out. I’m sure it’ll be tough at their place so we just need to be confident in ourselves
Finally, we asked Sam with cup fixtures now coming thick & fast, does he see these as a welcome distraction or relief from the league campaign:
If I’m honest we are just happy with the fixtures, we all want to be playing every Saturday so we just take them as they come along. The cups must take priority after our start to the season and we seem to do well in them, I think we’ve been in at least one final every year for the past five seasons
Sports Shots would like to thank Sam for his time this week