Mace commits to Mitres for new season despite Southern League interest

Adam Mace has confirmed that he will be staying at Bishops Cleeve for the 2019/20 season, despite rumoured interest from the Southern League.

The highly rated left back played a crucial part in the Mitre’s first season in the Hellenic League after relegation from the Southern League in the 2017/18 season, but Mace believes he has unfinished business at Kayte Lane.

Obviously we were disappointed how we ended up. If I’m honest we were never really within realistic touching distance, after a relatively poor middle of the season meant we were catching up after Christmas,” said Mace.

“Our form after Christmas was superb and a few minor mistakes cost us big in the end. I think a big positive for us was that the two games we lost to the same side were the eventual league winners but there were plenty of sides who did well last year, As we all know it’s an incredibly competitive league

On a personal note, it was probably the best season I’ve had for a few years. I was grateful for so many games and I’m glad I could play a big part in the team, unfortunately not big enough but there’s time to put things right.” Mace added.

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Mace joined the Mitres from fellow Gloucestershire side Slimbridge last summer and instantly became a fan favourite with a string of impressive performances from Left Back. Mace would go on to appear 43 times and score 5 goals in all competitions, as well as being named in both the Severn Sport & Gloucestershire Live Teams of the Year – he would also win the Signing of the Season Award at the Severn Sport End of Season Awards in May.

“I was very happy to be named in the teams as you can imagine and grateful to be shortlisted let alone to be included. It’s always nice to be noticed for your personal achievements, cliche maybe, but definitely easier to get rewarded in a successful side,” Mace said regarding the plaudits.

Mace told us that the decision to stay at Kayte Lane was one he didn’t make easily as offers had come in for his services from elsewhere. However, now his immediate future is sorted the full back has discussed the decision and his aims for the season.

“This was probably the hardest career decision I’ve made for a long time and I think it came down to a bit of a personal thing for me as I was disappointed I didn’t achieve my aim last year, so hoping to go one better this year.

As I said, this league is tough and with plenty of Gloucestershire derbies nothing is guaranteed but I know we’ll be set up in the right way and give it our best shot.

My aims haven’t changed from last year really, I always aim to just enjoy playing. If I can break the 10 goal barrier I’d be delighted but performing every week will do for me and we’ll see where we are come May.” Mace added.

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