SSMFL,D2: Mursley boss Lands looks ahead to Clean Slate visit

Mursley United boss Anthony Lands is looking for his side to maintain their league position as basement club Clean Slate visit Station Road this weekend.

Anthony Lands

Clean Slate were only the second club to take points from league leaders Park View in their last outing so will prove a more difficult proposition than their bottom position suggests.

Being fifth going into 2018, how are the team doing compared to what you thought back in August?

Currently sitting fifth in the table is an improvement on last season so we are reasonably happy with this. Our target still remains of top five, as it was in August, so hopefully with a more settled squad we can achieve this.

Unfortunately we have let ourselves down in a couple of games this season and have been unlucky against the top sides. But I’m sure we can look to build on the first half of the season with new additions.

How have you kept fit with playing just one game in almost a month?

We have allowed the players time with their families over the festive period and have trained between the festive period and new year to keep us up to speed. I know we have a few that are keen runners so hoping this will help.

How are you enjoying management?

Management at this level of football is very unique. What we have to remember is that all players are volunteers and they have work/family commitments that always come before football but at the same time this is frustrating for myself.

Overall I’m really enjoying it. We have a very good set of players and I’m looking forward to the remainder of the season to really help the squad for the next season and build on this one.

I am very lucky at Mursley as we have an excellent committee, secretary and chairman which allows me to concentrate on just football, which is great.

Before Christmas we also have added Jamie Lands to the management team, which is great and I am glad to be working with my brother again who did a great job over at Olney Reserves.

Any team news?

We have a couple of players nursing injuries including Danny Clark and Jordan McDougall but we are hopeful they will be back Saturday.

We have also signed a couple of players that will come straight into the squad and looking to get one more completed for Saturday. Other than that selection will be difficult for us with competition for places in the team.

Anything else you wish to add?

Firstly I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all the MK sides and also to Sports Shots who do a great job at covering local football. I wish all teams well for the remainder of the season from us all at Mursley FC.

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