Saturday 26th January 2019
Great Linford v Great Horwood
North Bucks League Premier Division
Great Horwood travel the short distance to Great Linford on Saturday hoping to get another ninety minutes under their belts as they still trail all the other sides in the division bar one in terms of number of games played. Their hosts go into the fixture seven points clear of them however Horwood have five games in hand so the current table position does not give a true reflection of their campaign, if they were to win their games in hand they would climb up to fourth in the North Bucks & District League Premier Division before any other results maybe go their way. Since the turn of the year Horwood have beaten Stoke Hammond convincingly but then lost to league leaders Duston Dynamo a fortnight ago, whilst Linford have a draw and three defeats in their least four outings in all competition, that draw was against reigning league champions Potterspury at Linford so the visitors are not guaranteed an easy ride.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood midfielder Eddie Archer to find out how long he’s been at the club and how it all started:
I’ve been here since I was allowed to play senior football at sixteen, I’m now twenty-five and it all came from a family tradition. Great Horwood is where I was brought up and I had two older brothers as well as my Dad playing for the first team at that time so I had to get involved. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, there’s always been a great bunch of lads here, we’ve had some big characters come & go but the majority I have grown up with and went to school with. The Saturday changing room banter cannot be beaten!
How has this season been so far personally?
It’s been difficult this season I must admit, not only for me but for everyone, with the breaks between fixtures it’s been hard to get a proper run going and to keep those fitness levels ticking over. I haven’t quite managed as many goals this season but they are coming, we’ve still got lots of games to play and this will hopefully bring us more points to shoot up that league into the Champions League places
How good is the Horwood squad this time around, and have any players stood out?
When we have everyone available we have a very strong side, one of the strongest I’ve been involved in, but having everyone available is the problem. We’ve had some great moments though this year, the football has been impressive at times, but the ball just hasn’t gone in the net. I’m a big fan of most of my team mates and their ability, it’s hard to pick one or two out but I must say that it’s been huge to have Dale Armitage back this season as he has so much to offer, chipping in with goals and he links up well with Adam Dixon
What is Eddie’s favoured position in the side?
I’m happy to play anywhere in midfield to be honest, I see myself to be disciplined & I want to make sure my man doesn’t affect the game. Historically I’ve been central and the last couple of seasons I’ve been allowed to play a number ten role which gives me the freedom to get forward, I’m happy with the way we currently play
We asked Eddie what it’s like to play in the side with two brothers, and who owes who what for their prowess?
It’s a normality now I suppose, especially for Great Horwood, in the past we have started a game with three Archer’s, two Brunning’s, two Armitage’s and two McStraw’s. But yes when you’ve played next to Sam for almost ten years in midfield you get used to it, when Terry plays as well nothing seems different, although you don’t tend to celebrate with them as it feels a bit weird. The one advantage I’d say is that you know what they are going to do with the ball and that definitely helps on the pitch. We are all very different players, Terry likes to think he has the most swaz, Sam has resulted to just scoring penalties now and eighty percent of my goals are scored with my head, but most of it all came from a sponge ball in our back garden
A win over Stoke Hammond followed by defeat to league leaders Dunston since the New Year, how were those games?
Against Stoke Hammond we played some nice football and took our chances, I missed a sitter actually just before half-time denying myself a first half hattrick, but that’s why we won the game as we were hungry for goals and if we play like that we will win most of our remaining fixtures. Duston was different, we played well in the first half and should really have been out of sight but found ourselves only level at the break, then to get in front but lose four-two left us feeling a bit hard done by as the game was a lot closer that the score line suggests. Duston are a good, young energetic side and we always have close encounters against them
On to Linford this week, after beating them earlier in the campaign what does Eddie remember of that game, and what do they expect this time round?
That would have been one of our better games this season as we didn’t concede, it’s been a while since we’ve done that, although Linford tend to be a different side at their ground, it’s a difficult place to go and win. They’re similar to us in that they’ve won as many as they’ve lost this term, so both teams need to win to be able to kick on, we have no information on their squad since then, I just expect it to be a difficult game
Finally, we asked Eddie if he could be anyone else for a day, from his squad and in the world, who would he choose and why?
From the squad it’d have to be Stuart Parker, because not only is he too late to do the nets but he’s always the first in the shower, he even fakes injury to be the first to take all the hot water! As for anyone in the world I’d have to go for Darren Sirett, who doesn’t want to be on four hundred & ninety-nine goals for Great Horwood still……..
Sports Shots would like to thank Eddie for his time this week