In our weekly feature for the club website and the Bootiful Game, Swallownest Manager Jordan Stocks tells us that he’s not surprised his faith in his squad is being repaid, explains how his players will prepare without the added pressure of a midweek fixture, and he looks forward to meeting up with a few familiar faces when Parkgate rock up at Rotherham Road this Saturday, writes Colin Muncie.
Jordan, what a week for the club. After that brilliant win over Selby, the lads had to dig deep to get the three points at home to AFC Emley. Now you’ve had time to reflect on the last few days, what’s your assessment of the week’s events in the context of the season so far?
JS: The past seven days have been brilliant for everyone attached to the club, but in my eyes the lads are hitting targets that we set between us all anyway; but you still have to achieve those targets. I’ve believed in these lads for a long time, and hopefully this is just a stepping stone to where our club can go.
As an overall view of the season we’ve had highlights, but some lows too: and those have to be the learning points for progress. With no midweek fixture, how will the squad prepare for Saturday’s game?
JS: With no game in midweek, the squad will have a light-hearted session; a bit of fun, but a good, sharp three-touch eight-a-side game, generally just to tick us over in preparation. These lads can maintain and manage their fitness without too much stress from Joel and me. It’s a local derby at home to Parkgate on Saturday, of course. The boys enjoyed a comprehensive 3-0 win at Roundwood back in August, but the Steelmen have a new Manager and a completely different squad since the reverse fixture.
What are your expectations from the game?
JS: Parkgate at home will be totally different, I imagine, as I know Dawson and a few of the lads they’ve brought in. It will be a good test as we both have good local lads; they’re ninth and we are tenth, so it’s evenly matched -and hopefully we come away doing a double over them.
Jordan Stocks was talking to the Swallownest FC Website.
His better looking and Assistant Manager Joel Evans spoke to TBG on Friday night and said, “tomorrow’s game means a lot to me, not only because Andy and Lee are very good mates of mine, but we as a club need to keep moving forward and 3 points against our local rivals will mean a lot.”
“We need to keep within touching distance of Parkgate; if not the tally in points [6 points] might be too hard to climb back at this stage in the season.”
“The lads trained very well Tuesday and understand the importance of the game. Hopefully we can get the three points and Andy and Lee will buy the drinks seems – perfect Saturday all round!”