Saturday 14th April 2018
AFC Southgate v Grendon Rangers
Spartan South Midlands Division Two
Grendon Rangers travel down to AFC Southgate on Saturday, facing the daunting task of taking on the side who have lost just once at home this season, and who will be looking to get back on track after they were soundly beaten at Aston Clinton last week by four goals without reply. Grendon themselves will be looking to avenge the reverse of this meeting just three weeks ago when Southgate beat them by three goals to nil in Buckinghamshire, but five games without a win going into this fixture is hardly comfort for the side that have had their own struggles this season. After this trip, Rangers host Unite MK before ending the season in mid-May at Aston Clinton.
Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Grendon defensive midfielder Ricky Brown, and asked what he thinks Grendon can do to frustrate their hosts on Saturday:
With our recent performance against Park View, albeit a very flattering scoreline to them, if we can take the same mentality & attitude into this game then I can see us being able to frustrate them, we will have to defend strong and catch them on the break
We asked if there is a chance of an away win yet this season for Grendon:
There is a definitely a rabbit in the hat, I am sure we can pull it out, whether it’s this week or the final game at Aston. It’s been coming for weeks, we just haven’t had that bit of luck needed
Just how difficult a season has it been at Grendon?
Honestly, these are all factors we’ve had to face. We started off pre-season quite well but then various changes in management didn’t help to push forward in the right direction, and that was no fault of any individual that has taken on the reins since. It was a shame personally to see people hand over the job or leave the club, but I don’t want to delve too deep into my own personal views. That said, we do have a core of committed & enthusiastic players, and a backroom support that has helped push the club through to the end of the season. We have to look ahead and focus for next season, look to add further players to our squad, and hopefully someone will come in and take over the reins and guide us in the direction we need to go, whether that be an old face or new
How has Ricky’s own season been?
For me this is my second spell here, after getting a call up to the Aylesbury United first team during my previous spell. Injury was a real issue last season, then not really making an impact at Buckingham Athletic mixed with the birth of my son, all meant commitment was a real issue for me. However, this season I have been committed & I’ve been pleased with my own individual performances, I know I have more to give & there’s always room for improvement. I turn up and I like to think I give 100% week in and week out for the team, and I’m looking forward to seeing this season out, then preparing for next. An enjoyable season for me, that’s what I wanted out of this season, to get that feeling of enjoying myself again
Finally, is the final home game of the season next week the best opportunity to finish on a high?
When you play Unite MK anything is possible, it’s not dangerous to think like that, you just have to be ambitious. To finish the season with a win at home, to end on a high would be amazing! These boys deserve another three points for all their efforts of the last few weeks
Sports Shots would like to thank Ricky for his time this week.