PICTURE: Southcote are blending in new players this season and, despite being unfortunate with injuries, manager Paul Reddington has called for improved game management ahead of the Showcase Match at the Racecourse Ground in Ascot on Friday night.
Southcote manager Paul Reddington has called on his team to improve upon their game management ahead of a mouthwatering Showcase Match against Old Windsor at the Racecourse Ground in Ascot this Friday night (8pm).
The Reading-based side has made a mixed start to the new season with three wins and two defeats in their five league matches, leaving them in eighth position in the Premier Division table albeit having played fewer games than any other team thus far.
Reddington is bedding in a lot of new players this season and has not been helped by a number of serious injuries but, the team has already dropped six points from winning positions this year and he is aware that will need to improve if they are to repeat their second-place finish of last season.
He explained: “It’s been a decent start to the season, we’ve played five league games and three cup competition matches, winning five and losing three.
“We have been hit with some serious injuries early season, losing the goalkeeper being one, and we’ve not managed to field a consistent settled side. This has impacted us when trying to finalise squads on match days, people playing out of position, but we’ve won 60 per-cent of our games so there is lots of positives to take.
“We have a lot of new players in this season and bedding these in with the old takes time. We’re focussing on building the team in a way in which we can learn and grow based on previous experience. We’re not big fans of setting targets, we take each game as they come, staying in the Premier Division and remain in some Cup competitions, and we go from there.
“We’ve invested in a VEO Camera to help in our development. The two league games that we lost we were winning, so we need to look to manage games better. Game management needs to improve from our young squad.”
PICTURE: Old Windsor and Southcote meet in the next EBFL Showcase Match at the Racecourse Ground in Ascot on Friday 27 October (8pm kick off). Old Windsor Tigers players will be offered FREE ENTRY wearing their kit shirts.
Southcote has failed to beat the Old Windsor first team in three previous meetings between the two sides, losing in the League Cup competition two seasons ago before two draws in the league last year. However, Reddington believes a good result in the upcoming Showcase Match would mean a lot to his young players and could give a chance to the chasing pack to bridge the gap on Old Windsor in the table.
He said: “Old Windsor have had a great start to the season and we know that they are a very good side. This is our first meeting with them this season so cannot comment on their strengths and weaknesses. It’s always a tough and competitive game against them and I’m sure this match will be no different.
“We didn’t fare well in previous EBFL Showcase Matches but, it will be a great experience for the lads. We have played at Ascot twice now and its great; the facilities and the atmosphere. Some of our new players have yet to experience this so we’re really looking forward to it.”
The East Berkshire League is offering FREE ENTRY to any Old Windsor Tigers players that wear their kit shirts to the Racecourse Ground on Friday night (all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).
Tickets can be purchased online using the link - https://tktp.as/EKQHCR - at a discount price of £4 with entry at £5 at the turnstiles on the night. You can also pre-order a copy of the match day programme online.
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