Right back, Sam Leach is celebrating a year with Hemsworth after signing up from Garforth Town last October – and ahead of our HEM-ATH 360 degree Bootiful Game feature covering Saturday’s Toolstation NCEL Premier Division fixture between Wells’ and Athersley Recreation at the Yorkshire NuBuilds – and Sam feels the switch has improved him as a player, writes Colin Muncie.
”I think the season has started positively,” he told TBG, “but we are an ambitious club who set ourselves high standards and consistently want to perform. I feel my game has improved considerably since joining Hemsworth, and it’s now about ensuring consistency and to continue to match the club’s ambition for progression. I am always critical of my own performances and demand the best from myself, because I know that I have a lot more to give.”
Sam is grateful for Well’s loyal and committed fan base. “We are incredibly fortunate to have the continued support at Hemsworth,” he agreed. “We had a full bus who travelled to watch us at Irlam in the FA Vase last week! That demands consistent improvements to reward that support, and while some performances have been very good, I know we can give more.”
The Wells man thinks that the dressing room at the NuBuilds is a real positive. ”The mood is always good in the camp,” he insisted. “Since joining the club twelve months ago, I have always been impressed by the respect that the players have for each other, and also for Management, volunteers and supporters. This is a club going in an upward direction, one that has ambitions to continue to develop and improve, and that ethos breeds positivity.”
Turning to the 360 degree featured game this weekend, Sam told us, “We are looking forward to Saturday. It’s a game we feel we can win and bounce back from last week’s Vase disappointment, having trained really well on Tuesday we are together intending to turn this corner in our season.”
Sam is conscious that Wells are four games behind Premier Division league leaders Yorkshire Amateur, but like his Manager, he’s not reading too much into that at this stage. “Yes, it’s common for NCEL teams to have played considerably more than others at any given time,” he acknowledged. ”For us, we don’t get too side-tracked with the table. For large parts so far, we have got results even when not playing as well as we can. We know that if we focus on our own game and development, we will win the games, but we need to be competitive to get back in the mix. There is no point feeling overwhelmed by big gulfs in the number of games played, and thinking we need to win so many in a row, but we need to take control one moment at a time, and that starts with Saturday.”
“I think if we can manage ourselves through this period, we will grow and build well, so we can stay the course,” Sam concluded.
“There is a long way to go yet, but we are prepared for the challenge.”