Saturday 19th January 2019
Welwyn Garden City v Aylesbury United
Southern League Division One Central
Aylesbury United travel to Welwyn Garden City on Saturday unsure of what they’ll be facing after turmoil at the Hertfordshire club last week saw manager Adam Fisher resign just a couple of days before they were due to face Peterborough Sports, that resulted in the game being postponed when the squad walked away from the club; Dean Barker then took on the role and managed to assemble a side that drew on Tuesday night with Sutton Coldfield Town. Both sides are on twenty-six points for the season so far in the Southern Football League Division One Central table although Welwyn do have a game in hand, nine points off the relegation places and fourteen of the play-off places would suggest they are looking both up and down that table as the season nears its final third of games yet to play, a good run for either could see a dramatic end of season whilst a poor run could drag either into that dreaded fight at the bottom. Going into the game the visitors have won one in their previous seven games whilst their hosts haven’t tasted success in their previous eight games, both will be desperate for the three points to ensure they keep looking up!
This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Anthony Ball to ask how he ended up at the club and how he’s enjoyed it so far:
I joined Aylesbury United on the twenty-eighth of December, myself & Ben had been in contact and he offered me the chance to come down. I’ve always seen United as a very strong and organised team that were always tough to play against, so to be involved in a side like this is great. Since I joined I have already experienced the highs of a derby win, the frustrations of draws at Barton & Kempston, and then also the lows with last weeks defeat at Didcot, however I am really enjoying the football I am playing at the moment, and the team morale is great
What has been Anthony’s career before signing on?
I started my senior career out at Aylesbury FC last season which provided me an in depth insight into the Southern League & the levels expected to be able to progress at this level. I then had a very short spell at Berkhamsted at the start of this season, I then played the rest of my football up until Christmas at Winslow United
So what position does Anthony play and does he have any favoured formation?
I prefer to play at right back, the reason for this is I really enjoy the defensive side of the position but also the way it allows you to have the creative side to your game as well when going forward. I enjoying playing in various systems as each has their own advantages
How does he feel his season has been so far?
I feel great fitness wise which subsequently has allowed me to be available for all of the games that I’ve been eligible for so far. I feel in myself that I have performed well in the games I’ve played, although I am slightly disappointed after last Saturday & not performing to the standards I’ve set in the three games prior to Didcot. I do feel I have contributed positively to the team since arriving
We asked Anthony if any players in the squad have stood out since he’s played with them?
Since joining Aylesbury United I have been impressed with everyone here, it’s hard to single players out like that when the whole team works so hard towards the same goals. Also the coaching is great, taking things we’ve been working on in training into games and also taking things from games we haven’t been good at into training
Onto Welwyn Garden City this weekend, with their recent upheaval what are the Ducks expecting?
Every game in this division is going to be a tough one regardless, and each of us have our own point to prove following last weeks disappointment. So we will all go out on Saturday and work our hardest to put right what went wrong last weekend
Since the turn of the year the club has seen a win, a draw and a loss, how were all those three games?
Nothing comes bigger for the players and supporters than a derby day win here at United so the buzz that gave everyone associated with the club was great. Barton was one of those games that could have gone either way and we are obviously frustrated it didn’t go our way on the day, missing out on those two extra points. Then last week’s disappointment was a hard one to take due to the standards we set in games previously
Finally, we asked if there was anyone in the world that Anthony could be for a day who would he pick and why?
Paul Scholes, just to know what it is really like to be a good footballer!
Sports Shots would like to thank Anthony for his time this week