Clock is tick­ing on God­frey’s Tro­phy am­bi­tion


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

WEALD­STONE’s El­liott God­frey admits it could be now or never for him in the FA Tro­phy.

The Stones host Con­fer­ence North side Brack­ley Town on Satur­day with a quar­ter-fi­nal in non-league’s most pres­ti­gious cup con­test the prize on of­fer.

The for­mer Cana­dian youth in­ter­na­tional admits he has never set the world alight in the Tro­phy de­spite a dis­tin­guished ca­reer in the semi-pro ranks.

Hav­ing ac­knowl­edged the clock on his foot­ball ca­reer is tick­ing, the mid­field gen­eral sug­gested this was an op­por­tu­nity he has to make the most of.

“My FA Tro­phy record has been okay, but I’ve never had a great run – I’ve been more suc­cess­ful in the FA Cup,” said God­frey. “I’m 33 and go­ing into the lat­ter part of my ca­reer. I want to have a good run in it and with the play­ers we’ve got and the fans be­hind us we are in a great po­si­tion to do that.”

The tie with Brack­ley evokes mem­o­ries of 2010, when the Stones beat the same op­po­nents 1-0 on their trav­els de­spite hav­ing to field then cen­tre­half Sean Cronin in goal after Jonathan North was taken ill on the morn­ing of the game.

It was a sit­u­a­tion which cast them in the role of un­der­dogs – a sce­nario they have rev­elled in dur­ing re­cent years with vic­tory at Con­fer­ence National South­port in the last round their lat­est act of gi­ant-killing.

Satur­day’s meet­ing with the Saints though, is billed as very much a 50-50 af­fair – more’s the pity ac­cord­ing to God­frey, who says the cur­rent crop of play­ers and their loyal vo­cal sup­port like noth­ing bet­ter than to be in the sit­u­a­tion where its them against the world.

“When we are the un­der­dogs the fans are be­hind us fully – it’s a role that suits us,” he added.

“When you go into a game over­con­fi­dent and it doesn’t go your way in the first five min­utes then it is a prob­lem be­cause it is hard to switch out of the com­fort zone of think­ing ‘we are go­ing to win’.”

What­ever their sta­tus in Satur­day’s tie, Gor­don Bartlett’s side will have to im­prove on a woe­ful league show­ing at the week­end which saw them thrashed 4-0 by play-off chas­ing Dart­ford.

God­frey ad­mit­ted it was a per­for­mance which let down the hoards in The Bulla Stand at Grosvenor Vale and said they would have to usee that dis­ap­point­ment as mo­ti­va­tion in the Brack­ley tie.

“As a group of play­ers, rs, we let the man­age­ment ent down against Dart­ford and we let the fans down mas­sively, he said.

“If you look at the fans who came to South­portt two weeks ago, they trav­elled ed fan­tas­ti­cally. So for them to then come to our home ground und and for us to per­form how wee did, we let them down.

“On the back of that hat loss the Tro­phy is a chance e for us to prove our­selves to the fans again.”

Mean­while, for­mer QPR winger Josh Parker, who o signed for the Stones a fort­night­ght ago, has left with­out play­ing a game for the club, to join Gilling­ham. ng­ham.

CUP DREAM: Weald­stone’s El­liott God­frey. Pic­ture: Toby Van de Velde

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