Speaking to the club website and the Bootiful Game, Swallownest Manager Jordan Stocks has the last word on last week’s fine draw at home to Hallam, gives us the inside track on the fitness of the squad, and insists that the players will have to be on their game as FC Bolsover visit Rotherham Road this weekend, writes Margaret Gregory.
A pretty good performance last time out, Jordan. Having reflected on the Hallam draw, how do you assess the team on the day?
JS: I thought we were very good against Hallam, definitely the better side. The fixtures against the sides lower down have cost us, so every time we play a Hallam or a Nostell I know we will turn up. These are the fine margins we as a squad will be addressing – not just on Saturday against Bolsover, but most definitely going forward.
A few walking wounded right now – how are we looking for Saturday?
JS: It’s that time of season, fixtures thick and fast and hard pitches. Combined, these cause injuries and fatigue, but that’s football and I trust every member of our squad; so, we will be going in strong once again. A win against FC Bolsover puts us well in sight of a tenth-placed finish, and although they’re down, you’ll be treating the visitors with the usual respect.
They’ve had a great run since December, so how do you see the game going?
JS: Tenth place is ours, if we do our business, which is a fantastic position to be in with two games left. Looking at it people will say they are the perfect opposition to clinch it in Bolsover, but I’d disagree; they are relegated which means no pressure and the freedom to play. I’ll always show respect to every opponent and management in this League as they all deserve it, and there are no gimme’s. Since the change in management they’ve massively improved, and they impressed me at their place; especially in their strength and directness, and their willingness to fight for every ball, so Saturday will be tough, for sure.”
Assistant Manager Joel Evans is equally determined to get those three points on Saturday. “This week I would like us to get a bit of momentum going for the last two games which would see us achieve our target of a top ten finish,” Joel told the website. “Bolsover, we know, will be no pushovers so we need to be ready from the word go and if we do that, we’ll hopefully get the three points. The boys trained very well in midweek with lots of smiles and jokes, so hopefully the confidence can be expressed on the pitch and everyone will be smiling even more on Saturday evening.” Jordan Stocks and Joel Evans were speaking to the Swallownest FC Website