Match preview: Bailey’s advice to U16s ahead of South Kesteven Stadium trip for JPL Final

Asher Bailey is making sure his players don’t “act out of their routines” both on and off the pitch ahead of their early start to travel to the South Kesteven Stadium for their JPL Plate Final vs Woking on Saturday.

Thursday’s final training has focused on maintaining possession whilst the manager also gave his U16s a few words of advice ahead of the 7:15am departure to Grantham Town’s stadium, Saturday morning.

“Make sure you get an early night. Pack your bags. We’ve got such an early start tomorrow, you don’t want to be rushing around […] when they’re half asleep, forgetting things.

“I don’t want them to act out of their routines. We know it’s a big occasion but we can’t do anything different to a normal game.

“I could of told them 5 o’clock in the morning – they’d still be there.

“We done 11 vs 11 with the U15s from Chapeltown. Stop and start […] so we could go over things to get us ready for tomorrow.

“We gotta keep the ball but we’ve gotta make sure we’re progressing, we can’t being playing with fire around our box or in our third.

“We’re on 4G so it’s a good surface we just need to be nice and relaxed, nice and composed”.

Bailey won the U13s league title with this side but never reached a final, losing at the semi-final stage, but has appreciated the trialists’ experience throughout the competition.

“The boys that have been on trial help us for different reasons, Shawnee & Yonas are both leaders […] everyone knows how talented Kieron is […] so we do look to him.

“Kav’s playing Men’s football, it adds a different dynamic because he gets kicked all the time and he just gets back up an continues and keeps on grafting”.

Recent form:

Farsley beat Yorkshire Elite 3-1 after a 4-2 victory over Oldham in their earlier two rounds.

Opposition: Woking FC

The Cards beat Rushden & Diamonds in the semi-final following victories over Eastleigh, Welling United and Rochdale.

Beyond that, Bailey admits there is little information available on the opposition.

“We’re going into this game blind but that could be a blessing. Sometimes when you know things about the other team you can tend to over think but because we don’t know much about them, like most of the teams we’ve played this season where we’ve just played them in one-offs, sometimes it’s worked in our favour”.

“Just from looking at them [in the warm-up] you’ll know who’s got something about them, so that’ll be Fluid’s job from tomorrow”.

Team News:

Captain Will Sergejevs and Malik Bangura are both unavailable.

Shane Silvester has recovered from a hamstring injury to be available.

Khalid Abdelaziz will test his calf injury on the day after being forced off inside the first several minutes in the quarter-final.


Ben Swain

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