Marine AFC v Mickleover Sports FC – Fan’s Q&A

Next up in our new away fan feature Q&A is Sam Goldsworthy who is the Mickleover Sports FC Press & Media Officer.

Phil: I think it’s fair to say it’s been a disappointing season so far for both sides, both at the wrong end of the table but what were you expecting this season after a respectable 13th place finish last season?.

Sam: After our highest ever finish last season it looked as though things were on the up going into this season. Then we lost our top goal scorer Andy Dales and our best academy defender Morgan Williams to League One sides Scunthorpe United and Coventry City and we just didn’t really replace them with the quality we needed to do better in the league.

We’ve struggled to score goals in the league and have conceded some very sloppy goals at times. It’s been a really disappointing season with low attendances and poor performances on the field.  I expected to at least be doing the same as last season but for one reason or another which no one can really put their finger on we have really struggled.

We have the lowest budget in the league so we really are punching above our weight in the first place but to have some so well last season and to be struggling this season shows we have not been good enough.

Phil: Which side have you faced this season in the league that have impressed you the most?

Sam: The best side we have faced in my opinion was Buxton. They absolutely tore us to pieces in the away game at their place in December smashing us 5-0. They really impressed me so it does surprise me they aren’t in the play-offs at this moment in time.

Phil: Who is your one to watch for Mickleover us Marine fans should look out for?

Sam: It has to be Shaquille McDonald. He’s a real fox and had really helped turn our fortunes around since we arrived in December. He scored six goals in his first six games and can shoot with either foot and is a Meal menace and has some real pace on him. He never stops working either pressing the back four and goalkeeper so he’s my danger man to be vary of.

Credit : Mickleover Sports FC

Phil: What did you think of the game just after Christmas where Mickleover won 1-0?

Sam: We went into the game having not won in the league since the 3rd November and were really struggling at the time for confidence. In all honesty it was a really scrappy game and one goal was all that was going to settle it really and it just so happened we got it. It really did give us a much needed boost to go and then grab two further home wins with Stafford Rangers and Stalybridge Celtic. To be fair you could tell both teams were struggling for form and it wasn’t a great spectacle but I’m sure that Saturday’s game will be a lot more entertaining with so much on the line.

Phil: You’re currently in the bottom 3. Where can you see yourself realistically finishing?

Sam: It’s going to be a really tough ask to stay in this league. Of course we are only just inside the bottom three but everyone around us seems to be winning or drawing at the moment. Realistically we’ll probably only finish a few places outside the bottom three if we were to stay up and I have to be honest and say with the tough games we have coming up it’s going to be a difficult task to achieve.

Phil: And finally what is your prediction for Saturday?

Sam: We have not had a game for 3 weeks now so I feel we may be fresh but rusty as well. I’m going to be honest and go for a 2-0 Marine win as your at home and we have only won 1 game on the road all season and as I’ve said will be very rusty without a game for a long few weeks. 

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