On the day of the West Allotment Celtic away game we catch up with The Gaffer Tony Boakes for his thoughts on the start of the season.
How do you feel the first month of the season gone?
It’s been an OK start, we’ve played very well at times but conversely been miles away at others so it has been frustrating. It isn’t helped by the problem of work commitments and holidays that is always tough for all managers at this time of year; however it is starting to settle down moving into September.
This month see’s our first foray into cup competitions this year, thoughts on those?
The FA Vase is always a superb competition to be involved in, we’ve drawn strong opposition in Penrith; I managed to get to their game against Bishop on Bank Holiday Monday and they are a big strong side. In the Durham Challenge Cup we have local rivals Tow Law; so it is two enjoyable and tough games for our young side to test themselves in.
Who has impressed you in the first month?
A couple to mention here, firstly Matty Allison has been superb when he has been available. Nick Marley also; both add strength and energy to the squad.
And you favourite game so far?
Heaton Stannington, which ended 1-1, we played superbly against a strong side and fully deserved the win if not for a top performance by their goal keeper.
Finally; you tipped Tow Law and Blyth to push for promotion this season, still the same?
Tonight we take on West Allotment Celtic in another big game; we would be delighted to see you there. Failing that don’t forget this Saturday we entertain Penrith in the FA Vase, tickets still just £5/£3 come and join us.