“I’ve found it easier and harder”- The physicality of the League
By Remy Sylvester.
Matt Blake, who has previously played for Norwich United, Thetford Town and Wroxham, was one of Manager Glenn Driver’s first summer signings. He arrived from Norwich United, having scored 119 goals in all competitions in the last three seasons, and winning two Eastern Counties Premier Division titles.
In just 35 appearances for Leiston, Blake has scored 33 goals and had 12 assists. He is also the current Ryman Premier League top-scorer. To date, Blake has scored 23 goals in the league this season, which is six goals more than Jake Reed (Lowestoft Town), Ryan Moss (Kingstonian) and Lloyd Dawes (Worthing) who have all netted the ball 17 times, to sit closely behind in the ranks.
Having scored 10 goals alone in January, here’s what Blake had to say:
It’s all good when you’re scoring goals but I’ve got to thank the team, they’re the ones who provide them for me, I’ve just got to be there to finish it. They put good balls in box… Scoring sort of feels easy, it’s kind of hard not to score some weeks!
We’ve got an attacking team. We get the ball wide quickly, and we deliver the ball into the box, and it suits me. I can get on the end.
Since his move from Norwich United to Leiston, Matt has emphasised the togetherness of his team, which has helped him to adapt so quickly to his new club…
I’m happy. Everything to do with the club is decent. You’re half way there if you’re happy and you’re confident. I think that the goals just come after that.
You can listen to the full interview below which discusses the physicality of the Ryman Premier, Leiston’s team morale, the all-important coach sound system, and how age is just a number…
This week we welcomed the Vice Chairman, Manager and Captain of Crystal Palace Ladies FC to co-host the show. Despite missing a training session to be in the studio, a fitness forfeit was up for the taking when Dean and Freya went head-to-head in Higher Or Lower. With only one winner, you’ll have to listen below to see who will be doing extra laps in Thursdays training session…
The key discussions in the first hour include: the Women’s football pyramid, Crystal Palace’s phenomenal contributions to girls and ladies football (24 teams!) and ambitions of Super League Two.
The show also includes plenty of Ryman football chat, both Premier and South- From top scorer, to top of the league, to season targets. Marc White (manager of Dorking Wanderers’), Jamie Howell (manager of Bognor Regis), Frank Wilson (manager of Tooting & Mitcham United), Matt Blake (striker for Leiston, and current top scorer of the Ryman Premier), Malcolm Porter (manager of South Park) and Junior Kadi (Dulwich Hamlet) all joined us.
Gavin Gordon of Redhill FC also came on the show, his side are currently battling for top spot of the Combined Counties Division One, and have had a very impressive unbeaten run!
Coaches Corner welcomed the Surrey FA, and they share with us how they can help you. Craig Hicks, Mike Gilham, Emma Barnes, Peter Augustine all share with us their roles, and answer scenario questions.
Who Am I? and The Final Whistle both make a comeback, and debutant feature The Non-League Football Quiz makes the starting line up. With bragging rights up for grabs, and dishes in the sink, who out of our co-presenters and producers has the best and worst non-league knowledge?
Three Match Ban(d)s welcomed The Sheratones and OVER-SCORE to take on the Quick-Fire Quiz, position themselves in the League Table and introduce their music.
Team Line-Up: Luke Prior, Ben Eltham, Remy Sylvester, Dara Wilson and Katie Shanahan.
The Sheratones are an indie-pop rock band comprising of four individuals, with plenty of charisma and personality, from Woking. By matching up razor sharp riffs, melodic vocals and rhythmic grooves to create a sound reminiscent of the best of British rock and pop from the 50’s to present.
The Sheratones were described by James Chappell of Get Surrey as:
“Woking Rockers with an anarchic Arctic Monkeys-esque sneer”
The entire band, (all 58 of them!) crammed into a car to connect to us via conference call to take part in Three Match Ban(d)s. Out of Johnny (bassist), Adam (drummer), James (guitarist) and Matt (singer/ guitarist), it was Adam who was nominated the ‘football expert’ of the band. You can Listen Again below to see how he fared up against the clock.
On the show we welcomed Sutton United manager Paul Doswell. After chatting about the league form across the festive period, we discussed the FA Cup 3rd Round tie being played TOMORROW vs League One side AFC Wimbledon.
“We banned ourselves from talking about the Wimbledon game until we had done the two at Bromley. We trained today [Monday] and geared up ready for Saturday. I’ve done a lot of work on Wimbledon already – I went to the game on Monday, my assistant went to watch them at Bristol Rovers and we’ve also watched a couple of their games on DVD. So I think we’re well rehearsed in what strengths Wimbledon have got and they’re a good League One side with a fantastic manager as well.
“I think what you’ve got to do is play your own game, because we feel at home we are strong as well. We have a way of playing that suits us so we couldn’t overly adapt to another system now and I don’t think we want to. If we were away from home then we’d need to look at being a bit more conservative and perhaps make a change to the system. We feel we have a chance on Saturday, and I think we’d kick ourselves if we were too conservative. The football odds would say they are the favourites which is fair enough but we’ve got an FA Cup chance and on this occasion if we play well and Wimbledon have an off day, then we can win the game.”
Listen to the full-exclusive interview with the Sutton United manager below:
The Hollows are a 5-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Glasgow, comprising of two lead frontmen, a drummer, a bassist and a keyboardist. The band have a reputation for explosive live sets, which has resulted in a loyal local fan base. The Hollows pride themselves on their self-production of songs and videos which too, keeps their fan base ever-growing. Exclusive insights into demos, B-sides and acoustic versions have helped transcend their following outside the local scene and onto social media.
Their diverse range of musical influences include Oasis, The Who, The Jam. Wull told us on the show:
“We’re 90’s born but the 60’s onwards are our major influences”.
Rangers fan and frontman, introduced debut single Nightly Lately on Back Of The Net. You can listen to the full interview below:
On our December Sussex & Surrey Football Show, Merstham FC manager Hayden Bird was our co-host. Merstham have had a busy season so far, including an FA Cup run through to the 1st Round. Listen to his highlights from the show below.
On our December Sussex & Surrey Football Show, we debuted a new feature called Coaches’ Corner. Grassroots is where the game begins, and this regular feature will highlight the challenges faced within the lower levels of the game.
Tonight we kicked off with talking about the difficulties of managing parents in Youth Football. We first spoke with Michael Fasida who is an U9s coach.
You can hear the full interview with Michael below:
We then got Peter Augustine on the line, who is the Surrey FA County Coach Developer. You can hear the full interview with Peter below:
On our December Sussex & Surrey Football Show, Redhill FC manager Gavin Gordon joined us on the phone. Redhill were in fantastic form in November, and are now sitting up in 3rd in the Combined Counties Division One.