Warrington Rylands face newly crowned Buildbase FA Vase Winners, Hebburn Town in the quarter-final of the 2020-21 competition on Saturday and Manager, David McNabb is relishing the challenge to pit his strong side against one of the strongest teams in the competition. Speaking to the League Website today he is up for the challenge and looking forward to the big day.
"We are starting to get very excited ahead of the day, you can sense the excitement in the lads this week. We have trained on Tuesday and Thursday and the lads are up for it and are really starting to focus on Saturday afternoon. We are as prepared as we are going to be for the game and we have prepared for the day with analysis of our own players strengths. We are a professional group of players, we are strong on dietry monitoring and personal training and thats all we can ask of th eplayers. This in-turn leaves me with some difficult decisions by way of squad selection but that's going to have to be done and it's good for me to have a trong squad to choose from.
"We were open minded about the lads watching the 19-20 final on Monday, we didn't specifically tell the players to watch the Final, however, we did say that if you do, have a look at the players you will be playing against and make your own markers on how a player functions and of playing styles. Some players will have preferred not to but overall as a club we are well organised and we do watch opposition anyway to profile them and we have done that for this game as standard.
We asked David if the lack of league games has perhaps helped or hindered his teams progress in the competition?....
"It's hindered us. Simple as that really, we are going in to each game technically ready and fit but games give you momentum and understanding and in each game, not just us, but its noticable that many sides look regimated and take a time to ease into a game. We would normally have played 30-40 games by now but we haven't had that as yet so we are fresh but just need that match sharpness. On the flip-ide, we will be fresh and not battle scarred so there is a plus to it and we will aim to use that to our strengths.
When asked what the Quarter final and the progress means for the club and the town, Dave tells us "It's absolutely massive for the club and it's great for the Town, We are an ambitious club and have built up a strong reputation in the local community and it's a reputation we are looking to build on. We have a strong junior football section and are developing at a strong rate. Games like this really showcase the club and what we do. We have been asked if the game is a statement of intent and whilst we don't look too far forwards, we are building for the future and looking to progress higher up the pyramid but people can see for themselves that we are doing ok but we are doing things the right way.
We asked Dave if he had any superstitions ahead of the game? "No, i'm not really into all that. We have a set routine, we are organised and have a set preparation but im not one for putting the right sock on first etc!
In Summary Dave, would you say it's all about the win or would you be proud of a strong performance irrespective of the result? "When you reach this stage of the competition you go past a point of just wanting to play well, there's little point in going this far without having aspirations to win as it's the ultimate aim. It's noce to play well and do a technically good performance but at the end of the day you want something to show for it.
We would like to thank Dave for his time and wish him and everyone at Warrington Rylands the best of luck for the game on Saturday.