Steve Bowey - FA Vase Preview - Nelson FC

10 Oct 2018 in Post Match Interview

Steve Bowey - FA Vase Preview - Nelson FC Steve Bowey - FA Vase Preview - Nelson FC

BOWEY: “WE ARE SLIGHT FAVOURITES”

By Brian Bennett

Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey believes his side will go into Saturday’s Buildbase FA Vase tie against Nelson at Victoria Park as ‘slight favourites.’ And the boss added that despite gathering information about the Lancashire side, he stressed that the game will hinge on how his own side performs:

“I’ve got a great selection headache and have got some very good decisions to make because the lads have played really well in the victory against Seaham,” he said, “We freshened things up today leaving out one or two personnel and the lads who we brought in and hadn’t played for a while took their opportunity. Football is all about ‘the squad’ and going from ‘game to game’ - and today was the most important match of the season. On Saturday we are away to Nelson – and it is our cup final. We will prepare correctly this week and I’m looking forward to the trip. I don’t think I am wrong when I say that we will be slight favourites because we will go down there brimming with confidence and after our last five games where we are unbeaten, I am expecting big things. Since we turned the corner following a bit of a shaky start to the season, the lads haven’t let me down. They are gelling together and we have a good team spirit which goes a long way in football.”

He continued: “I have a friend who lives in the Lancashire area who has given me a run down on Nelson – but at the end of the day, it’s all about us. I have never been a manager who concentrates on the opposition because you have to focus on what makes your own team tick. It’s going to be a tough game – we are away from home but the emphasis is on us.”

Zak Atkinson has completed his suspension and is added to the squad whilst Matty Wade’s fitness will be assessed after the midfielder came through a training session last week after being sidelined since the opening day of the campaign in August. However Lewis King is ineligible and Tony Stephenson is ruled out with a heel injury: “We have got lads fighting for places,” added Bowey, “After being disappointed at the result against Newcastle Benfield, we got a good victory over Seaham so full credit to the squad.”

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