Ahead of tomorrow’s huge clash with top-of-the-table Hashtag United, I had a chat with Stow manager Ryan Maxwell as he shared his thoughts. He spoke about the clubs cup meeting earlier in the season, how he previews tomorrow’s game and team news ahead of the game.
After recent performances from Walthamstow, how do you preview the game?
The last two games have seen us score 9 and keep two cleans sheets. I got the response from the Takeley game that I wanted, having beat Southend Manor 7-0 and St Margaretsbury 2-0 away in the Errington Challenge Cup. We had a very good training session this week and the team are ready to go.
Hashtag are top and have been in good form this season, how will you approach the game?
They haven’t had any really tough games yet. They beat Takeley but haven’t faced Saffron Walden or Hadley so they’ll be expecting tough games to come up. They’ve also lost two this season so it isn’t the best form. The table does not faze us. It’s still early in the season so we aren’t concerned.
We went up against Hashtag in a cup competition this season, do you expect a different side?
I expect all the players who started that cup game to be involved in this one. They played a very experienced team against our youthful side and I don’t expect anything different. I could probably tell you who will start [as long as everyone is fit].
How is the team looking ahead of this game?
Everyone is fit and in good form. We also have Samrai Gebrai back on a more permanent basis. He has a duel-registration with Cheshunt but he will feature tomorrow and we are excited for that. He is one of the best youth prospects in the league right now and we will be hoping to use him to his full potential.
How much of a part will the Waltham Rabble play in helping the team tomorrow?
As I’ve said previously, they are always important and have been since I started here. I want to see everyone here and have told the players to bring friends and family. This is what a big game is all about and I hope the Rabble are in force tomorrow