Brockworth Albion defender Sean Payne has praised his teammates and manager Mark Mulraney and believes that their hardwork and dedication will lead them to success, ahead of their GFA Senior Amateur Cup Semi Final at Barnwood United this weekend.
Payne spoke to Severn Sport after signing up to be part of the Severn Sport Tipster League for the Cheltenham Festival next week and admits that whilst his side are favourites going into Saturday’s game, Barnwood are a good side and will cause Brockworth problems.
“I’d say we are favourites and I think anyone who looks at the fixture will think the same,” said Payne.
“But having said that we can’t take Barnwood for granted, they beat us on penalties last year [in the Reg Davis Cup] and we know a few of them and know they have a good side.”
Both sides go into the game having been heavily affected by the weather, with Barnwood United not playing for nearly a month and Brockworth only playing twice in the last 6 weeks or so and Payne believes that his side are capable to staying consistent ahead of a crucial run in, in both cup and league competition.
“Not playing that often plays a small factor. We are on about 9 games unbeaten and we want to play every week to keep this run going till the end of the season.
From here we consider every game to be a cup final and want to win the League. We know it’s going to be tough as there is a few teams involved in the race – so it’s massive that we keep our performance to highest possible level,” Payne added.
Brockworth go into the final two months of the season in the title picture after forcing their way into it last season and Payne believes his side’s league position is a result of the commitment that the likes of manager Mark Mulraney have put in to the club.
“We are a very good team with a strong 16-17 players and I think they deserve to win something this season.
To be fair to Mullers [Mark Mulraney] he does a brilliant job keeping us grounded and not letting us get ahead of ourselves! We have the tendencies to lose focus at times and believe it or not we turn into little kids playing around – mainly Wilky [Dave Wilkinson] who is our captain and oldest player!
Also the gaffer deserves to win something for the hard work he puts in on and off the field, the stuff that people don’t see. He’s got us playing some great football and to win something for him would be great, as I believe he’s possibly the best manager Brockworth have had,” added Payne.
Payne was one of many Gloucestershire Northern Senior League players who have been selected to participate in the inter-league match against the Gloucestershire County League at Slimbridge’s Thornhill Park next week and the Brockworth centre back told us he was delighted to be named in the squad.
“It feels nice to be picked. It probably helps that Mullers is gaffer for the evening. Already a few of the lads been giving me stick because I did a bit of work round the gaffer’s house and they are saying that’s the only reason I’ve been picked, but they know the truth!” said Payne
“All jokes aside though, I know that in the Brockworth squad alone there’s a number of very decent players that have missed out, so I imagine it’s the same with other teams, which shows just how much stronger this league has become,” Payne added.
Barnwood United vs Brockworth Albion is our featured game on Severn Sport this weekend, follow the action live on our social media platforms on Saturday 7th March; kick off 14:00.