It’s the big one. Hereford Pegasus vs. Lads Club. Both sides in good form and playing well. We’ve caught up with Carlos Moreira (Pegasus) and Liam Jones (Lads Club)
First up, it’s Carlos Moreira (Hereford Pegasus):
Q) Good win midweek. Top of the table. Can you stay there?
A) Great win midweek , a very professional performance from the lads which sometimes isn’t easy to do against lower division opposition. This is will give us great confidence going into the game at the weekend.
Q) How are you enjoying your time at Pegasus? How would you rate your own performances this season?
A) This season so far has been the most enjoyable one I’ve had in a while. We’ve got a great group of lads. I have got to give credit to Egg, Cad, Bomber and Jason for building a squad that I believe is one of the best, if not the best in the county on and off the pitch. I personally don’t think I’ve hit my best form this season yet but I know I’ve still got a lot more to give. I want to be contributing more to the team whether that will be goals or assists, but as long as we get the win I’m happy.
Q) Which teammate of yours would you say has been the standout performer this season and why?
A) It could be anyone as we’ve all been outstanding this season. The work rate, the effort and the passion has been above and beyond. However to be fair to Miles, he has been one of the most prolific strikers I’ve played with so far. He is deadly in front of goal so I have to give him credit for that.
Q) How are you finding the new pitch and facilities?
A) Credit where it’s due it’s been a great investment by the club. It’s just perfect for a team that looks to play football and has the quality to do it. As a team we would like to thank Bishy and all the staff for their efforts and all of the hard work that they put in before match days.
Q) Do you know any of the Lads Club players? Which player do you consider their biggest threat?
A) To be honest with you I’m not really sure what they’re about but whatever they have it won’t be better than us. To me the opposition are irrelevant especially in this case because on our day we will beat anyone.
Now it’s the turn of Liam Jones (Lads Club):
Q) Tuesday night. Where do we start? What an incredible game between two brilliant sides. Are you disappointed you didn’t go on to win the game?
A) Yes, what a night, especially for the neutrals. The lads worked incredibly hard, the attitude was spot on and we put on another good display. There is always disappointment when you dont pick up all 3 points, especially at home, but Malvern are a strong side and I think a point was probably fair.
Q) Adam Hockey missed a last minute penalty. Do you believe that he will respond well? Surely it’s a positive to see such a young player willing to step up to take penalties?
A) Of course he will, hes a fantastic player and is head strong, hes buzzing to bounce back on Saturday and give another solid performance. It was good to see that he was brave enough to step up and take it, it shows how much confidence and belief he has in himself at such a young age. There was a lot of pressure as it was his second penalty of the game, in the last minute and to potentially win the game, but he knew straight away he wanted it.
Q) Olly Price has been exceptional in the two matches we’ve seen in recent weeks. Would he be your stand out performer?
A) Olly has been fantastic since he recently signed for us. It hasn’t taken him long at all to fit into the way we play and I think it suits him, hes a constant threat. It’s very hard to pick a stand out performer as everyone has been playing so well this season and we all bring something different. We have a very young talented squad with a few experienced heads such as myself, Belly, Westinghouse and Jamier.
Q) Pegasus are flying, just like Malvern and yourselves. Which player of theirs would you say is the biggest threat and how do you plan to combat them?
A) Yes, peggy have got themselves in top position at the moment and the pressure is all on them to stay there. Ourselves and three or four others can over take them with the games in hand, so plenty of teams are biting at their ankles. They have a few threats but we like to concentrate on ourselves, look to play our own game and take it one game at a time. We go into this game high in confidence and will be looking to take all 3 points.
Q) Danny Moon and the management team at Lads Club seem so passionate and almost play every pass themselves from the sidelines. Do you as a team take that passion on to the pitch and do you believe the management team are key to the success you are seeing?
A) Absolutely, Mooner is a very passionate manager and is a winner. The management team put a lot of time and effort into us here, always trying to improve us individually and as a team. They give us the confidence and belief we need and the energy they give on the side and in the changing rooms passes onto us on the pitch. For me, the best coaching/management team in the county.