Hi Rhys, welcome back to TT! So summarise the Shots season for us in a couple of paragraphs?
I have one word that summarises our season. Inconsistency. We’ll win one we’ll lose one and repeat. All in all not a bad season, a league double over the likes of Notts County and our local rivals (as always) but defeats to a very poor Barnet side and Weymouth at home. Just goes to show in this league anyone can beat anyone.
How’s the teams recent form been heading into the game at Plainmoor?
The away form up until the previous weekend hadn’t been too bad with 3 wins in a row and 3 clean sheets (1-0 at Notts County, 2-0 at Dagenham and 3-0 at Weymouth) but we’ve had a recent LDW this past 3 games against some of the lower sides in the division (3-1 Barnet, 1-1 Kings Lynn, 2-0 Wealdstone) again that word inconsistent.
What’s been your highlights of the season so far?
Highlights of the season. We’re a fairly entertaining side to watch and have had games with goals throughout the season, our 5-0 win at Dover, the crazy 6 minute spell we scored 3 against Woking in a 3-0 win. A reasonable run in the F.A. trophy losing in the last 8 on pens. The league doubles over Notts County, Woking, Wealdstone, Dagenham. The biggest highlight for me was the performance in the 3-0 victory over Wrexham with a severely weakened side. Youth team player Ben Schroll made his debut and played an excellent game, we didn’t look out of place that day.
Who are your key players and why?
Josh Rees, Joel Nouble and Jermaine Anderson are the 3 that instantly stick out in mind. If there is one player I could sign up for next season it’s Josh Rees, he’s already hit 12 goals from midfield this season and has become a bit of a non league Frank Lampard. Nouble is one of the most exciting players to watch, a bit of a slower start but when he found his feet boy has he got going, big physical winger who loves to take players on, what’s not to love? Anderson came in December and is the glue that holds our midfield together, he’s been excellent and really does a lot of the dirty work and can often be overlooked for it.
TT PLAYER PROFILE – JOEL NOUBLE
Date of Birth: 19th January 1996 – 25 years-old
Former Clubs: Dagenham & Redbridge, Thurrock, Grays Athletic, Welling, St Albans, Bishop’s Stortford, Haringey Borough, Concord Rangers
International: Cascadia – 2 caps
National League Stats 2020-21: Played 25, Goals 5, Bookings 2
How’s ex-Gull defender Jamie Sendles-White doing at the Recreation Ground?
Jamie is our club captain this season and I must say he’s split a few opinions but I’m a fan. He’s a great leader, he does a really good job at the back and holds our defence well. When he returned from injury we kept something like 5 clean sheets in 6 games, another player I’d definitely like to keep.
Who’s the manager and what tactics does he like to employ?
Danny Searle who still has yet to manage a full season (half a season with Braintree and a season stopped by the pandemic with us). We tend to play a 4-3-3 and we like to play a pressing game with a lot of ball work. We’re an entertaining side to watch let’s just say that.
What’s your likely line-up for the match?
I would think we would set up in this style from right to left.
Fowler, Lyons-Foster, Sendles-White, Kinsella
Which opposition streams have been the best and worst you’ve experienced?
Best stream are Altrincham for coverage, Maidenhead was free and Weymouth wasn’t too bad. The worst experience was Wrexham for me, you’d think they were a super league team. Honest quote “we’re as big a club as Leicester”
Which opposition teams and players have impressed you most?
Stockport are a strong side, we played Hartlepool and Sutton early in the season so was to early to make any judgements. Courtney Duffus at Yeovil looked a good player when we played them, Andrew Dallas who’s at Weymouth from Cambridge is a good player, and Michael Cheek is a strong player at this level.
And finally, what’s your prediction for Tuesday night?
Could go one of two ways but going for a 2-1 Shots win!