Saturday 16th March 2019
Brackley Town Saints v Ascot United
Hellenic League Premier Division
St James Park
Back on Boxing Day Brackley Town Saints won at local rivals Ardley to cement their position at the top of the Hellenic Football League Premier Division, and with a run of home games scheduled in the New Year things looked good for Gordon Kille’s squad, but since then numerous cup games have interrupted their league run and from the turn of the year they have only played eight league fixtures, of which they have lost five taking just seven points from the twenty-four on offer, and with it have slipped down to third place in the league and face a real battle to finish in the top two positions in the race for promotion. They do yet have to play Wantage away and host Brimscombe at St James Park, both the two sides above them in the league, if they win those then Saints future could still be in their own hands, but they host Ascot United this Saturday and an away win would lift the visitor’s level with the Northamptonshire side, however United have drawn five & lost three of their last eight league fixtures, neither side in form so something has to give….
This week Sports Shots caught up with Saints physio Anita Baldwin to ask what she does at the club, how long she’s been there & how it feels to be part of the club:
I am ‘physio’ for the Saints and the Academy, I got involved about twelve years ago when my eldest son was asked to join a new team that was being put together. I started to take an interest in sports injuries, went on various courses and am now in my fifth season with the Saints/Academy. The whole family plays a part at the club, we have made some great friends and lots of memorable moments
Does Anita have a day job similar to her role at Saints?
My day job is at a doctor’s surgery but no it doesn’t involve hands on treatment of sports injuries
What is a typical day in the role of a football club physio?
Training nights and match days see’s treatments prior to and during training or games. It’s all or nothing, there may be one person needing treatment one week but six people the following week
What have been the highlights for Anita since joining the club?
I have been very fortunate to be involved in so many. I would have to include going on tour to America, an amazing experience, Saints winning the Hillier Cup and also gaining promotion from Hellenic League Division One in their first season of men’s football. So many games since then for various reasons but far too many to list. The game against the first team a few weeks ago would also have to be high on the list, what a fantastic performance from the Saints
So what sort of season has it been from a physio point of view?
Probably about the same as previous years. It’s an intense game and training schedule so subsequently injuries tend to be from overuse or ‘questionable’ tackles during match play. All the players are keen to get back to playing as quickly as possible following injury so will do work away from training to ensure that happens
We asked Anita to describe the Saints season so far:
There have been so many outstanding performances. It’s great to get plenty of good results, some of which have been against teams we didn’t get the results from last season. To secure a good position in the league is testament to the work put in by the players and everyone involved, the players work extremely hard and give one hundred percent in every game, you can’t ask for more than that
Are there any players that see too much of the treatment table?
Yes but I can’t tell you who, it’s all about player confidentiality…….
Finally we asked Anita of all the first team squad and staff, is there anyone in particular she would never want to go on holiday with?
I can’t answer this one either 🙂
Sports Shots would like to thank Anita for her time this week