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Working with great people everyday says Sowerby

9 February 2024

Academy

Working with great people everyday says Sowerby

9 February 2024

This Saturday our young Shrimps take on Shrewsbury Town in the Youth Alliance League at Parkside Road Stadium (12pm kick-off).

Ahead of the clash, we spoke to defender Joe Sowerby, he said: “We’re feeling really positive ahead of the game on Saturday, especially after getting a win at the weekend [against Oldham Athletic]. 

“We’ll look to try and repeat that again this weekend and hopefully go on a winning run similar to the one we did at the start of the season. 

“There’s no easy games in the league, but we believe in our own ability to get a result on Saturday, whilst trying to put pressure on [the] teams around us.”

Speaking on preparations ahead of Saturday’s encounter, Joe said: “This week we’ve just been looking at our defensive and attacking transition. 

“This will be important against Shrewsbury because we know they are a physical team, so we need to be switched on and on the front foot from the first whistle, like we were last Saturday."

Last weekend, Saul Fox-Akande’s brace and a strong defensive showing ensured the U18s defeated Oldham Athletic.

“It was a really positive team performance last weekend against Oldham, especially after we ended their really good run of results. 

“I think [in the] first-half we created really good patterns in the midfield and wide areas through our quick build-up [play], and this helped us stay on the front foot.

In the second-half, we managed the game really well and defended brilliantly as a team, which gave us a well deserved clean sheet.

“I think I did well coming into the team with some good blocks and good build-up [play], which helped the team going forward.

“I still think there’s plenty to work on and improve, but that will come with more training and matches, as I am still developing my game.”

In the summer, the 17-year-old - who is also a Shrimps’ fan - signed a two-year scholarship with the Club.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time as a scholar so far from building relationships with the staff and players, to being out on the pitch near enough every day.

“It really helps when you’re working with great people everyday, who can have a laugh and a joke, but know when to work and I think this group has the perfect balance.

“I’m sure it will continue to be a brilliant season for us and hopefully we can really kick on and show everybody what we can do.”

Last weekend, Sowerby made his second league start of the campaign, whilst helping secure his side a clean sheet against the Latics.

“I’m always motivated everyday to try and get in the team. 

“There is really healthy competition throughout the side, which has helped push everyone to be better this season. 

“For myself, I just look to improve everyday and try to make the most out of every training session. 

“It is always my aim to impress when I am on the field, helping to keep clean sheets and win games, which I can hopefully do when I am playing.”

Finally, when asked about current short-term and long-term targets, Joe said: “As a team, we have set targets of going out to win the league this season. 

“We know how tough it will be, but everyone in the group is committed and believes in each individual's ability to help us finish top of the pile come [the end of the season in] May.

“Our short-term targets are to win every game in front of us and see where it leaves us in the table come the end of the weekend. 

“For myself, my short-term targets are to try and push for more starting places and perform when I am given the opportunity. 

“As for the long-term, my goal is to try and get more first team involvement in terms of training and in-house games, whilst also trying to impress the staff.”

Supporters can attend Saturday’s Youth Alliance League fixture against Shrewsbury Town for FREE at the following venue: Parkside Road Stadium, Parkside Road, Kendal, LA9 7BL.


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