Saturday 15th September 2018
Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
Aston Clinton host MK Gallacticos on Saturday in Spartan South Midlands Division Two action and look to kick start their way back into form after three successive defeats in league and cup. After the resignation of Jordan King last week, Neil Roberts took control of first team affairs and after defeat at league leaders Bovingdon last week now face Gallacticos who sit a place and three points below Clinton in the league table.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Aston regular Joe Kittle to ask how it’s been at the club since King left:
It was a bit of a shock to most of the players to be honest but we’ve picked ourselves up and it’s given us the motivation we needed to push forwards after not having the best of starts this season. Its time to work hard now!
Neil is a local Aston boy and has taken over with the help of Rob Goldney, two lads that have a great understanding of the game and that have played a high standard themselves. Two great lads that you can have a laugh with but at the same time get our heads down with and be serious when needed
Had the resignation from the previous manager been anticipated?
I wouldn’t say it was massively expected but we could tell something wasn’t quite right this season, there wasn’t the same motivation and love as there had been in previous years, and I guess it was only a matter of time once everyone was feeling the same
So what can we expect under the new manager?
Neil is a well known face for the lads and everyone involved with the club, having played for Aston himself for years on and off. I think our main priority at the moment is to stick together as a team, work hard and get ourselves back to winning ways and show everyone we deserve to be up there this season
We asked what happens in terms of the squad from here?
I strongly believe the lads will stick together this season, I think with what’s happened it has only brought us all closer and more determined to go out there and get the results we want, and to show Kingy what he’s missing!
So how has Joe’s own season been so far?
So far it hasn’t been as strong as I would have liked, having a couple of games out due to injury and obviously us as a team starting slowly this year, it’s affecting everyone’s morale within the squad but it’s only upwards from here!
What does Joe think has changed from last year?
As I’ve said it’s not been the start we were hoping for, we’ve had a few difficult opponents early on which hasn’t been the easiest for us. We’ve lost a few players but also gained a few so it’s about gelling well as a team now and focusing on the players and the support we have to keep us pushing forward, and winning our next few games
Clinton have lost three on the bounce, how do they stop the rot?
With a losing streak I think it’s important that we don’t let it affect us in our upcoming games, a lot has changed in the last couple of weeks so we need to stay focused as a team and play with a bit more bite and use the motivation it’s given us, that includes training too where we need to show our new gaffer the respect he deserves
Finally, what teams have impressed Joe so far?
We’ve had a couple of good competitive games so far, Pitstone being one of them and they were lucky enough to take the win after an eightieth minute screamer into the top corner! Potton were also another good side who play in the South Midlands Premier Division, the games against 61 FC are usually good games but unfortunately I missed this one through injury
Sports Shots would like to thank Joe for his time this week