“The confidence right now is sky high” – Ryan Maxwell

Ahead of Walthamstow’s FA Cup tie against Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday, Aaron Moore sat down with Ryan Maxwell. They spoke about the excitement and mood within the camp, how it feels to have the underdogs tag and how much of a role the Waltham Rabble will play.

How excited are you to welcome Great Wakering Rovers to Wadham Lodge for an FA Cup match?

It should be a great game. I know their assistant manager Martin very well and a few of their players. They have had some good results so we are underdogs. If you look at it on paper, they have won their last two and they are a league above. We have our own style and although some of the lads have taken some knocks, I’m sure they will roll out for this one.

How does it feel to be underdogs this weekend?

Obviously, we were favourites in the last round Sporting Bengal but this time round we will take the tags of underdogs. On paper, we don’t have anything to lose but we respect Great Wakering and know they have some very good players. We know it’ll be a tough game but we’re hoping we give them a good game.

Have you prepared any differently for this one compared to other games this season?

I’m not going to hide the fact we’ve had a few knocks so we were a bit lighter in training this week. Despite this the mentality stays the same and we’ve had to bring in another physio for some TLC. I’m sure painkillers and adrenaline should get the boys through it.

How tough are you expecting this game to be?

It will be our toughest game, that’s for sure. We’ve played Stansted who were one of the favourites to win the league before the season started as well as having two games where we were clinical in front of goal. We are definitely looking forward to it.

What has the mood been like in training?

The boys have been first class and very buoyant after having won three games without conceding. The confidence right now is sky high but there is some reservation as we know it will be our toughest test.

How do you think the lads have done so far?

I am delighted. I would be lying if I told you otherwise. This run of form has not just happened out of nothing but the lads have trained extremely well. Although this team is nowhere near finished and you won’t see the best until December.

How has Callum Ibe settled in and how did his signing come about?

He has settled in very well. Obviously, Saturday was his first involvement and he got the assist to the winning goal. I wanted him last year but that didn’t happen so it’s great to have him here now. He is not here for the expenses and was seeking a new challenge after having enough at Stansted.

How much part will the Waltham Rabble and other supporters play during the game?

The fans are massive. The boys have a good relationship and it’s great to have that. We are trying to build the relationship all the time. They made a difference when I first got the job and really helped when we face relegation so long may it continue. Thank you very much to the Rabble.

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