The Beachboy’s start their road to Wembley on Saturday afternoon, when they entertain Sutton United in the FA Trophy. Before this game we spoke with manager Adam Flanagan to discuss Tuesday’s win against Maidenhead and Saturday’s game…Enjoy!
Looking back on Tuesday night, as someone watching that was a “proper game of football!” How happy were you with the team performance?
I have been very happy with the last two performances mainly due to how resilient we have become as a team defensively. We are still offering the attacking threat going forward but to go with it now we are defending better and teams are not getting many opportunities to score. For periods against Whitehawk and Maidenhead we have had to defend for sustained periods of pressure yet we have dealt with the danger well. I felt we put a lot of effort into the Whitehawk game and that showed during the second half against Maidenhead when they were somewhat fresher having not played since Thursday, we look tired but we will always carry a goal scoring threat and this is what happened when Ben got his second goal.
From keeping an eye on the sides at the bottom of the table results a month ago, we’re now looking at the teams in the top half. Is that just a reminder how tough this division is, and how quickly things can change?
I am continuously looking at the league irrespective of where we are placed. The league is very tight and a few wins can push you away from the bottom as can a few losses bring you back into it. I feel we are in a confident place at the moment and if we can continue to be difficult to score against we will go into games knowing that we have forward players that will get us a goal.
How important is a run in the FA Trophy this season to the club?
The FA trophy is important to all teams so we will be going into it looking for a good cup run. Doing well in a cup can be a strain on resource which will also be difficult for teams with smaller squads but you don’t get many chances of making Wembley and our chance to get there starts on Saturday.
If the team play as well as they did on Tuesday night, would you and the players fear any team in the Trophy?
When confidence is high you don’t mind whatever team you play regards of level so we will go into the game confident. Sutton are on a good run themselves so they too will be confident so hopefully that will mean both teams compete in an entertaining game on Saturday.
Adam was chatting to Chris Clark