Buckingham Town host Holbeach United in UCL KO Cup fixture
This weekend see’s Buckingham Town of Division 1 host Premier Division Holbeach United in the League Cup. They say anything can happen in the cup, so we spoke to Darren Seaton from Buckingham and Seb Hayes from Holbeach about their thoughts going into this weekend’s cup tie.
Here’s what Darren from Buckingham Town had to say ahead of this weekend’s cup game against Holbeach United.
UCL: You currently sit third in Division 1, with quite a few games in hand on the teams above you, how do you feel the season has gone so far?
Darren Seaton: Very well, after losing Leon Lovejoy to Northampton Town at the end of last season, its gone better than I thought. We are very well as a team which is great to see, whereas last season we relied on Leon a bit too much at times, so yes, I’m very pleased with how the season has gone so far.
UCL: What qualities within the squad do you believe have put you in such a strong position so far this season?
Darren Seaton: They work very hard as a team and always keep going. We were 1-0 down against Blackstones the weekend just gone, and we managed to score 3 goals in the last 8 minutes to come back and win 3-1. They had to dig deep to get that, and they showed great character. They never give up which is really important.
UCL: What is your ambition for this season?
Darren Seaton: We’d like to try and regain FA Cup football. To equal last season’s finish of 5th would be good, or maybe go just 1 better. I suppose all we can do is give it our best and see where it takes us.
UCL: A tough game come up against Premier Division Holbeach United, what are you expecting from them?
Darren Seaton: I expect them to field a full side, I’m sure they’ll take it seriously. Their Premier Division heavyweights and we know they’re a good side, so it’ll definitely be a tough game for us.
UCL: How important do you believe the cup is, not only for building momentum but potentially earning some silverware?
Darren Seaton: It’s very important, unfortunately for us you never really see a Division 1 side win it except for Peterborough Sports a few years ago, I think the gulf between the 2 divisions is enough to see it go to a Prem side.
UCL: As the underdogs, what do you believe it will take to win this match and do you believe you have what it takes?
Darren Seaton: We have definitely got it in us, I think Holbeach would need to have an off day and we would need to be firing on all cylinders. You never know what can happen in football. I’ve not seen them since we got relegated 10 years ago, but I keep an eye on the Prem aswell, so I know what to expect.
We also spoke to Holbeach United manager Seb Hayes about his thoughts going into this weekend’s cup tie.
UCL: You currently sit 8th in the league with quite a few games in hand on the teams above you, how do you feel the season has gone so far?
Seb Hayes: Season has started brilliantly so far. We are a fitter more dynamic team than last season. Our squad is small but very versatile. If you would have offered me 3 defeats in our first 20 games at the start of the season I would have taken that without hesitation. Now we have to take that momentum up to Christmas and make sure we are in as many competitions as possible, this part of the season is the hardest part for me and where you see plenty of sides slip out of contention to win trophies.
UCL: What do you feel the key strengths of your squad are?
Seb Hayes: Game management has been a massive plus point for us so far. We also have a lovely blend of youth and experience in the squad. The team spirit in the group is fantastic. Our improved fitness has been a big factor as well we have scored a lot of goals in the last 15 minutes of games which is very pleasing for us as a management team. It shows our preparation and work we set out in pre-season was spot on, the players bought in to it and now they are getting the rewards. We have given ourselves a platform for success we now need to continue the hard work we have all put in up to the season’s end.
UCL: What is your aim for the end of the season?
Seb Hayes: To be in contention to win a trophy. We said from day one the cups were our priority this season. We are in a Lincs cup semi final we have done well in the FA Cup and we are still in the Vase and league cup. I think this season is too early to push for the title, but we want to improve on last season’s 7th place. We are bedding in a new approach for the club this season which is to promote youth. We have used lads of 16/17 years of age and they have been fantastic it’s my job to make sure I pick the right time to play them, which so far, I have done that well. If we get this right the future is bright for Holbeach and the youth system.
UCL: How important do you feel the cup is for Holbeach?
Seb Hayes: Its massive for us, we have a tough task in front of us as Buckingham are bang in form and are a top team at home, so we are expecting a real challenge to get through the next round. We are expecting a well-organized pacey attacking side that can hurt any team when they are on song, they can score goals from all over the pitch.
UCL: As the favourites going into this cup tie, how will you make sure your squad remains focused and ensure you progress to the next round?
Seb Hayes: We are always focused on every game we play. We are going in to the game in good form but have an injury and suspension crisis, this opens the door to more young players in our reserves to get their chance in the squad. The game will be a test, but I still believe we have enough to get the result we all want.
For anyone wanting to attend this weekend’s League Cup fixture between Buckingham Town and Holbeach United, below is all the details of Saturdays cup tie.
Buckingham Town vs Holbeach United
15:00 Kick Off
To be played at The Irish Centre, Bletchley