“The extra games are not always a bad thing.” – Nicky Symons

Ahead of training on Tuesday, we sat down with assistant manager Nicky Symons to discuss Saturday’s game with Saffron Walden Town, how he feels the season has gone so far and the interest from other clubs for Stow players.

With Stow still unbeaten in the league, how do you think the season has gone so far?

Domestically, very well. We cannot complain as nine games in we are still unbeaten. However, cup wise, it is a little disappointing even exiting the FA Cup to an extent. We did well but I think we could’ve gone a little further but league wise I don’t think we can complain at all.

The club are still in the Errington Cup, is that a trophy you can see the players lifting this season?

Yes potentially. It’s good we are still in cups because it allows us to rest players and try out new players, especially with everyone fighting for a place in the squad. The extra games are not always a bad thing.

How happy are you with the squad right now?

Very happy. Unbeaten in the league is what we are aiming for this season but the most important thing is we win this league and get out of it. That’s were we are excelling at the moment so yeah, we are happy.

There’s been some interest from other clubs in some players, what can you tell us about that?

It’s bound to happen. We are unbeaten in the league, our strikers are scoring goals and our defenders and goalkeepers are keeping clean sheets. Anyone who comes to watch us are going to like what they see because the players are giving their all on the pitch.

Are you happy with the commitment of the players so far this season?

100%. If we asked the boys to come in three times a week, there’s no sulking or arguing. Everyone wants to be here and play and that’s the foundations we need hence why we are doing so well.

Are there any plans to increase the squad further this season?

You can never say never. If you look at Jack [Grosvenor]. He has all the talent in the world and looks like he’s going to be going places, get’s injured so we’ve had to bring players in. You can’t predict what is around the corner. We happy with the squad but there is always room for change.

With the defeat in the Vase, how important is Saturday’s game?

Massive. I don’t think the result in the FA Vase would’ve affected how important this game is. Even if we were to have the worst team in the league on zero points, it still is the biggest game of the season. Every league game is the biggest game of the season. No matter who we play.

What is your prediction for Saturday’s game?

Obviously, I’d predict a win for us but that’s because i’m biased. Everyone will come and try and shut up shop, all lot of teams do but we’ve got quality and we’ve got too much for teams in this league. The boys have the potential to play higher up and they’re showing it in this league and that’s why we are unbeaten.

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