Mursley United’s James Wardell has spoken to Sports Shots as they host Tring Town AFC this afternoon.
Off the pitch there has been a lot of activity in the winter break with a restructure of the management team. Jamie Lands coming in from Olney, to join brother Ant, has added extra experience and helped with the workload that management demands in local football. Local football’s answer to the Cowley brothers have already bought into what the club is doing behind the scenes and are starting to put their mark down on the squad to positive effect.
We’ve strengthened the squad too by adding new players, who have all played at a higher level, in Ryan, Fritz and Luke. Their qualities and experience have already had a positive impact on the squad, by increasing competition for places and giving us extra tactical options.
On the pitch, it’s been a quiet but decent start to the year, with us only having played 2 games but still collecting 4 points. We had solid performance and victory over a Clean Slate team, who had taken points from Park View (league leaders) the week before. Our last outing against Loughton was the old cliché, a game of two halves and felt like a win for us as we were trailing 2-0 at half time and snatched a deserved draw courtesy of a header from big Fritz, with the last touch of the game.
This season has been more competitive in South Mids Div 2 with all teams taking points from each other. We are currently sitting forth and have played a few games extra but with all the teams around us having to play each other, we would except and it is expected of us by our management team, that we finish in the top five at the end of the season. This is provided that we don’t get complacent in games, we work hard for each other and we cut out silly mistakes that has cost us points.
Our disappointment is that at times this season, we have dropped too many points to teams lower down in the table, when we have been without key players. Hopefully with our new signings, a growing team spirit and bit of fight like we showed in our last game against Loughton, we can finish the season strong and take momentum into next season.
We host Tring Town AFC, who we played at the beginning of the season. Again, another team that have taken points from the league leaders, we expect tomorrow to be a physical game and we will need our senior players to step up. If we play our game and move the ball quickly, our quality can get us the 3 points that will round off a good month and take us nicely into a tough trip to London next week, against Park View.