This weekend Bishops Cleeve Captain Adam Mace will be leading out his team in the oldest club competition in the world, the FA Cup and has told Severn Sport about what it means to him.
Mace, who joined the Mitres at the start of last season, was named club captain for the 2019/20 season and has lead his side in their opening two games – a 2-1 defeat away at Ardley United last weekend and a 4-0 win over local rivals Tuffley Rovers on Tuesday night.
The left back spoke to Severn Sport about life as skipper of the Hellenic Premier side and his relationship with manager Stephen Cleal ahead of Saturdays Extra Preliminary Round tie against Easington Sports.
“I’m enjoying the job so far and I’m really enjoying leading the boys out every week, so to continue to do so in the best competition in English Football is one I’m looking forward to.
Since joining the club, I’ve seen that the Manager’s mentality is infectious. We all love scoring goals and Steve is never happy and always wants more out of us!
We had a good training session on Thursday night and worked on a few things. The FA Cup gets a different buzz out of everyone and one that can provide invaluable funds for clubs like ours.
We were disappointed with how things ended last year versus Wantage and we’ve kept the core squad, so I have no doubt every single person wants to go that one better,” Mace said.
Mace played 90 minutes on Tuesday night as Bishops Cleeve reacted to the opening weekend defeat to Ardley United in the best way, with an impressive win against Tuffley Rovers.
A Jack Watts hattrick and effort from Liam Wright saw the hosts claim all three points. Mace, who had a quieter night than many had expected, was full of praise for his teammates whilst acknowledging that his own performance levels remain his main focus as the season rolls on.
“We were very good [on Tuesday night] and i think the pleasing thing that we took out of the result was as a squad we know we can do better, which is very pleasing. We scored four good goals and had a number of quality performance from 1-15, which is a positive sign.
In regards to my own performance, as long as I’m fairly consistent in my performances and can have a positive effect on the side, then I trust the boys to do what they do as well.
Ideally I’d like to chip in with a few goals again, which would be nice, though it is all about achieving success as a team.” Mace added.
Bishops Cleeve welcome Easington Sports to Kayte Lane in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday 10th August; kick off 15:00
Check out the full list of fixtures for this weekend, including the start of the Gloucestershire County League and Northern Senior League seasons, along with the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, right here.