Eynesbury Rovers v Leicester Nirvana
This season see's the start of our pre-match build up where each week we interview the manager's of a UCL fixture, to gain an insight into their preperation and how they feel the season has gone so far, along with their chances in the forethcoming fixture
This weekend sees a crucial match in the Premier Division as 3rd place Eynesbury Rovers host 1st place Leicester Nirvana in what promises to be a pivotal match in the race for promotion. In build up to the match we spoke to both clubs to see how they were feeling going into the match, here’s what Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket had to tell us:
UCL: You’ve had a strong start to the season, what is your ambition come the end?
Mark Ducket: Very good opening question, at this present moment in time we’ve got new players understanding what we want from them, and old players adapting to the new signings, so were definitely going through a gelling period at the minute. I’ve changed my keeper this week, the one we previously had was a great keeper and no doubt he’ll play at a high level, but mentally he’s not there at the moment, and although he wasn’t at fault for goals conceded, he can take it very personally. We’ve had a good start, but I’m a pessimist, I always try to get the highest accolade out of people, and as you know you can have the best team on paper but if they don’t gel then it’s never going to work. Leicester Nirvana are a great side, they are not top for no reason, and they’re in great form at the moment, where as we are not. You have to give the players the benefit of the doubt sometimes, but we aren’t hitting the levels we should be. We have had a massive re-structure, and people sometimes forget we are not a big club, but we want to push right until the end and that’s what we are working to do.
UCL: With the club pushing for promotion, if you do manage to reach Step 4 do you feel the club would be ready for the challenge?
Mark Ducket: 100 percent, I have signed players that I believe could compete at Step 4, and although they are UCL players and know what is required in this league they have a Step 4 pedigree. But also, Eynesbury is a catchment area, we’ve got Peterborough Sports, St Neots, Biggleswade and a few other decent sides are quite close to us, so it’s not always easy to get the players we are looking for.
UCL: What are you expecting from Leicester Nirvana this weekend?
Mark Ducket: I’m looking forward to seeing what they will bring, they’re clearly attack minded so we’ll be weary of that. I do believe we have the best pitch in the league, some say Sileby Rangers is the best but they have a very professional set up, I think when it comes to the best footballing surface we have that, and teams come to our place and they can play football because it’s a proper pitch, so it’ll be interesting to see how to approach the game.
UCL: A game against a promotion rival, how pivotal do you feel it will prove to be and do you believe you can take the 3 points.
Mark Ducket: Whoever turns up on the day will win, that’s how this league works. Even when you’re not playing at your best momentum can take you through, but recently we’ve been drawing matches when we should be winning them, you’ve got to beat the teams around you so of course it’s an important game, but it’s not the end of our season if we lose. They’ve not lost yet, so it would be interesting to see how they would cope with a defeat, but I’m focused on getting the win and not worrying about them. We’re not in great form at the moment, so it’s a good time to play us, but were hoping we can pull it out the bag.
We also spoke to Leicester Nirvana 1st team coach Rich, about his thoughts going into this weekend’s game.
UCL: 13 games in, 11 wins, undefeated and top of the table. What do you put your brilliant start to the season down to and do you believe you can keep it up?
Rich: Yes definitely, we will go into this game as we would any other. We’re going into this game with a lot of momentum, we’ve got a great work ethic and team spirit and that’s an important thing to have.
UCL: What is your aim for the season?
Rich: We just want to take it a game at a time and see where it takes us. We didn’t set any specific aim as to where we wanted to finish at the start of the season, we have let it happen organically, as we didn’t want to add any added pressure and I think its paid off.
UCL: After finishing 17th last season, what did you change in the off season that has led to this brilliant start?
Rich: We’ve got a new coach who has been great, 3 new players (Billy Stubbs, Luke Andersen & Daniel Durkin) who have been brilliant. We’ve re-grouped this season and worked a lot defensively and as you can see its paying off, and we’ve always been able to score goals so it’s coming together nicely.
UCL: What do you expect from Eynesbury Rovers this weekend?
Rich: I expect them to come at us from the get go and really give us a good test. They’re a good side, but we can’t worry about them, we’ve got to focus on our own game and let them worry about us. We’ve come a long way since last season, we played Boston last Saturday and they were the toughest side we’ve faced so far, and where last season we would have probably folded in, this time we managed to get a result which was massively down to the character of the group.
UCL: How pivotal do you feel this game with a fellow promotion contender will be and do you believe you have what it takes to win?
Rich: It’s definitely a crucial game, there a good side and their up there every season in the top 5/6. But we’ll be looking to approach it as we would any other game, and as always well be looking to secure the 3 points.
It promises to be a great game of football, if you are looking to attend this fixture, below are the details of the match.
15:00 Kick Off
Alfred Hall Memorial Ground, Hall Road, Eynesbury, PE19 2SF
Directions: From the A1 take the A428 Cambridge Road. Turn left at the Tesco roundabout and continue on Barford Road for half a mile going straight on at 4 roundabouts. Turn left into Hardwick Road and left into Hall Road. Ground at end of road From the A1 take the A428 Cambridge Road. Turn left at the Tesco roundabout and continue on Barford Road for half a mile going straight on at 4 roundabouts. Turn left into Hardwick Road and left into Hall Road. Ground at end of road
Luke Scott (Northants)
Gary Gurney (Northants)
Nathan Joshi (Northants)