Saturday 10th February 2018
Wolverhampton Sporting CFC v Leighton Town
FA Vase 5th Round
Leighton Town try again this week-end to get their FA Vase fifth round match at Wolverhampton Sporting Community FC under way, after last week’s postponement due to the weather, and ahead of the game Town assistant manager Adam Kirkup gave us a review of the last week and the game ahead:
We have treated this week just like any other; that is to simply prepare ourselves physically and mentally for the next competitive game. As we didn’t have a game scheduled for this week we got the squad together to ensure that the players are ticking themselves over correctly, and are in the right condition and frame of mind. Although a fixture like this can always add a bit of something extra, I certainly cannot fault anyone’s attitude or commitment this week.
There will be no changes to the squad for this Saturday. We are in a very privileged position at the moment of having good numbers available to us with more players to come back into the squad soon. I would also like to compliment the players who will not be involved in the game, but who have shown great commitment & loyalty to us by choosing to travel with the team & supporters to show their support
We asked if the cup game is evoking excitement or nerves amongst the players.
It depends on who you speak to at the club, I can guarantee you’d get a different answer every time you ask someone, I think a bit of both in all honesty. Personally I believe that we should look forward to the game, and embrace the occasion as I know how much time, effort & hard work it has taken to get us to this point. However, it is down to myself and the other members of the coaching staff to ensure that we manage the player’s excitement & channel their nerves in the correct manner. That way then, we are hopefully able to achieve the positive outcome we want, & continue to enjoy our FA Vase journey
Wolves & Leighton have the added incentive of knowing that the winners have a home draw in the quarter-final, does this change the thinking going into the game?
Definitely not! As much as it’s a fantastic incentive being rewarded with a home tie, we all know we have a last sixteen tie to get through first. None of us at the club are looking any further into the competition, nor are we under any illusions that Saturday’s fixture will be one of our toughest fixtures of the season to date
And finally, Wolves had a bizarre 10-5 home win on Tuesday night, are you expecting them to do anything different when they face Leighton?
Absolutely not, nothing different whatsoever, and with all due respect to them, why should they? The success they have already had & amount of goals that they have scored this season has been down to their way of playing, so why change it? With that said, with every strength comes a weakness and it is our job to ensure that our players continue to find a way to win games
Sports Shots would like to thank Adam for his time this week.