Welcome to this week’s TCW pre-match interview with the Marine AFC Manager Neil Young.
TCW: We’ve had a fantastic start to 2019 unbeaten in the league and on Saturday we face Scarborough Athletic for the 4th time this season. With Marine and Scarborough 2ndand 14th in the form guide respectively, what type of a game are you expecting?
The Gaffa: Like all games at this level I think we are in for a really tough game. Our game there not so long ago was a tight game up until the sending off and I would expect something similar this time around. We have definitely improved since then in both our attitude, confidence and game management and we go into the game with confidence looking to do well.
TCW: How have your preparations come on this week and any update on our injured players?
The Gaffa: Preparation has not been great as we have not been able to train properly due to the weather but we have had them watched so the players were be fully aware of Scarborough’s threats and any possible ways that we can try and win the game.
TCW: The squad depth has grown recently and it was noticeable last week when we had a number of players unavailable that the lads came in and done a brilliant job. How impressed have you been with this? Especially as the likes of Barnes has only been with the side a week or so.
The Gaffa: It was always going to take time to get the balance of the squad right and we have known from pretty early on what areas we needed to Strengthen in order to be really competitive. It’s not that easy to bring players to club when you are in the lower end of the table but we have been patient and tried to ensure best we can that we are bringing in players who fit what we are trying to do. The young players have done really well both on loan and our permanent lads and it’s a pleasure to work with them all as they want to succeed!
TCW: Out of the next 4 games we play 3 sides Mickleover, Hednesford Town and Workington who are all currently beneath us in the league. All are going to be tough games with each side desperate for points have you set yourself a minimum points target to achieve?
The Gaffa: Not really whatever it takes is what it will be. Don’t get me wrong you can use historical stats and you won’t be to far away but our main objective is to win the next game, continue our momentum, build confidence and hopefully if that happens then your league position also improves.
TCW: And finally there have been a couple of high profile signings over the last couple of weeks including Pascal Chimbonda at Ashton and Ricardo Fuller at Nantwich. Can Marine fans hope live in hope?
The Gaffa: I think it’s great for the league that players who have had such great careers still have the hunger to want to play. From our point of view I’m very happy with what we have here at the club and yes we are still striving for improvement and looking to bring one or two more in but our lads will do for me!