1-on-1 with Witham Town winger Correy Davidson

Dublin born Correy Davidson is a winger who plays for Bostik One North side Witham Town. He regularly scores and assists and has great experience in the game playing in a host of different leagues for the likes of Bohemians, Heybridge Swifs and Grays Athletic.

Firstly, how is this season going for you personally, and for Witham Town as a whole?

Hey Adam, good to talk to you. This season for me personally I think has been pretty good. In terms of goals and overall performances, I’m pleased with how it’s going. I set out to score at least 20 goals this season which I know I can reach. In terms of Witham, I think the start to the season was a bit slow, with some bad results. However, since I’ve been here the performances have picked up and the lads have been great, our current form speaks for itself. I believe there’s more to come. Play offs aren’t out of our reach.

Who has been the toughest opposition Witham Town have faced so far this season?

Since I’ve been here I haven’t suffered many defeats at all. It’s hard to say who our toughest game has been against. We have pretty much been on top most games. I’d say toughest game would probably have to be Dagenham and Redbridge at home in the cup, or AFC Hornchurch away, which we won 1-0, but they are a strong side with some good players.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given in football?

I’ve had a lot of people give me some strong advice in football and it’s helped me throughout my career. There is however one piece of advice that stands out for me and although it’s simple it is something I always try and remember. It is by my grandad, and a close friend of mine. “Don’t wait for things to happen, go and make it happen, be the person who makes that one bit of magic happen because it only takes a second.” As I said it’s simple but every game I try to be the difference and make things happen. Also to just never give up on your dream

Which position do you think you are most effective in?

My best position is definitely on the wing, I can play in the ‘10’ and so and so, but my best position is definitely out wide, going at full back and scoring goals. It’s what I love doing and it’s what I’m good at.

Who is the best player you have played with… and who is the best player you have played against?

I’ve played with a lot of good players and a lot come to mind. From playing back home in Ireland to playing here in England. I’ve played with a lot of ex-pros and Gary Haveron who was a quality defender with a sweet left foot and just a born leader. The best player I’ve probably played with though would have to be Kenny Beaney when I played for Grays. He was just class and with both feet, clever and off the pitch, professional, and he could definitely have gone professional. The best player I’ve played against would have to be when I played against Russia, their striker was a really good player who could score goals. Before he played us, he had played in the champions league against Chelsea a couple of months before. He plays in the Russian premier league. I can’t give you his name as it’s pronunciation and spelling is Russian!

If you could change one rule in football, what would it be?

I don’t think I’d change any rules in football I love the game but I do think there should be more contact allowed than there is these days. It’s definitely too strict on that front.

Who is your favourite footballer, past of present?

As a Liverpool fan all my life, Steven Gerrard is always going to be up there. For me though, Messi is definitely my favourite footballer, there’s no one in football I’ve ever enjoyed watching more than I do Messi. He is truly just special and there has never been anything like him, and I think we will struggle to find someone like him again, he’s just a football miracle.

And finally, what do you think is unique about Witham Town?

Witham Town as a football club as I’ve got to know it, is definitely a family club, there’s a good feel about the place and the people there, the fans and the staff and everyone involved are amazing. I’m really enjoying it here. We can’t forget James (Beardwell) either who I think the whole football world knows about, he sings every game non stop and it doesn’t go un-noticed. I have some really good friends here too, Elliott Ronto, who is a great footballer but also a close friend, so it’s good to play with him. There is a lot of great things here at the club.

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Can you play from the back in non-league football?

On Wednesday 17th January we had four panellists in the studio, including UEFA A Licenced coaches Peter Augustine and Anthony Ferguson, and current Bostik Premier manager Frank Wilson, to debate Playing From The Back, and Technology in Football.

Is playing from the back an effective style of play in non-league? Can you win trophies with attractive football? Is it suited to the playing conditions of most pitches?

Also, with VAR on everybody’s lips following the controversy surrounding the introduction of the equipment in the FA and Carabao Cup’s, we also debate whether the football industry needs Technology or More Officials? – and whether or not it is viable and necessary to introduce to non-league. What if camera goals, like on The Bostik League Show could assist non-league referees with “game changing” decisions?!

Gareth Chendlik (Dorking Wanderers), and Nassim Dukali (Herne Bay) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings – and were both ambitious to beat Brannon Daly’s table-topping time of 50 seconds, and to avoid joining Jack Cawley at the foot of the table.

You can watch the full show below.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 32: Enfield Town v Merstham

On Saturday 13th January our camera’s and commentary team were positioned in the main stand of the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, for Bostik Premier Division action between Enfield Town and Merstham. Both sides are coming off the back of midweek defeats, however for Enfield, prior to Tuesday night they were unbeaten in 6. The same can’t be said for the Moatsiders, who come into this game without a win in 5.

The following games also feature on this weeks show: Margate v Dulwich Hamlet, Lowestoft Town v Dorking Wanderers and Leatherhead v Tonbridge Angels.

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February: Where we will be!

Saturday 3rd February –  Folkestone Invicta v Brightlingsea Regent

Saturday 10th February – Sittingbourne v Walton Casuals

Saturday 17th February – Thurrock v Hendon

Saturday 24th February – Potters Bar Town v Canvey Island

Tuesday 27th February – Dorking Wanderers v Leatherhead (opening of Meadowbank)

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What happened in our first radio show of the year?

Over the January transfer window we have heavily strengthened our squad; and our first show of 2018 was also a first show for 4 members of our team.

Do clubs rotate managers too much? Is there enough of an emphasis on coaching defending in non-league football? These and a range of topics were discussed by Ben Eltham, Mick Sullivan, James Cummins, Marc White (well, they were for as long as he had his voice!) and Jody Brown.

To kick-off, the show began discussing the sad injury to Matt Briggs, which led to the abandonment of the Dorking Wanderers vs Burgess Hill after seventy-four minute. The Hillian’s who are rooted to the foot of the Premier Division, at the time had a 2-goal advantage over newly promoted Wanderers. Ian Chapman and Marc White gave us their managerial opinions on the incident. Click here, to view the incident (not for the faint-hearted…). Our best wishes to Matt Briggs and Gary Elphick.

Heybridge Swifts’ Jack Cawley and Horley Town’s Scott Robson, took part in the harder-than-it-sounds Super Sub challenge, and some hilarious answers given!

You can watch the show here:

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1-on-1 with Whyteleafe Captain Sam Clayton

Sam Clayton is Whyteleafe’s captain and talismanic playmaker, he has had two spells at the club and was part of the team in his second spell which won the Southern Counties East league and followed this up the next season with a play off spot in the Isthmian South division. Sam Clayton has a vast experience at non-league level and has also turned out for Kingstonian and Tooting & Mitcham United.

Firstly, how is this season going for you personally, and for Whyteleafe FC as a whole?

On a personal level, I set myself a target of twenty goals a season, as I’ve managed to achieve that for the last couple of seasons. I’ve scored seven so far this season, so I’m probably a little off target, but there is still plenty of games to go. As for Whyteleafe as a whole, we are probably a little disappointed to be sitting in a mid-table position after such a good start to the campaign, but realistically after losing so many players after the departure of Leigh Dynan to Kingstonian things were going to be difficult. I think we would be happy with a top half finish and maybe even a play off push.

Do you enjoy the responsibility that comes with being a captain?

I do enjoy the responsibility of being Captain. It is something new for me as I was only appointed after John Scarborough was appointed manager. But, with the age I am now and how many games I have played at this level I believe I have the experience necessary to help the younger lads, and the team as a whole.

Who has been the toughest opposition Whyteleafe have faced so far this season?

I would have to say Cray Wanderers. They are a very organised side and difficult to break down. I look forward to facing them again in the away fixture this season

Which position to you think you are most effective in?

Personally, I think my best position is striker, but in a two up top rather than playing as a lone forward. That’s where I played as a kid all the way through to my start in non-league football. However, for the last few seasons I’ve played wide left as I have zero pace! The thing is most clubs play one up top now rather than a two, so I try to be as effective playing wide right as possible, chipping in with goals and assists

Who is the best player you have played with… and who is the best player you have played against?

I went to school with Wayne Routledge who was unbelievable when we were growing up. Overall though I’d have to say Simon Osborn who I played with at Croydon Athletic, although he was in the latter stages of his career when I played with him, you can tell when someone has played at the top level as he made the game look so easy and ran games from midfield.

The best player I have played against has to be Erhun Oztumer when he was at Dulwich Hamlet, he was called the non-league Messi for a reason!

If you could change one rule in football, what would it be?

I’m not sure if this is classified as a “rule”, but I think goalkeepers get far too much protection from referees. The slightest touch on them these days and its ruled to be a foul, you can’t jump with them without giving away a foul!

Who is your favourite footballer, past of present?

My favourite footballer growing up was Robbie Fowler, one of the best finishers of all time. I even got my parents to buy me the nose strips he used to wear! My favourite player of all time though has to be Cristiano Ronaldo. His goal scoring record speaks for itself, which for me makes him the best ever.

And finally, what do you think is unique about Whyteleafe FC?

I think what makes Whyteleafe unique as a club is the fans. Home and away the “Leafe Army” are there in full voice whether we win or lose. I remember in my first spell at the club we played Tooting away on a cold Tuesday night, we were losing either two or three nil and they all had their tops off, singing in the freezing cold. You don’t see that at many clubs!

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FA Vase Special: Horley Town v Chichester City

A great achievement for both sides – as they reach the final 32 of the FA Vase. For hosts, Horley, it’s the first time in their history to reach this stage of the competition; as for Chichester, they aim to do one better than last season and put their name amongst the 16 finalists. In Round 3, Horley Town enjoyed a 4-1 win at the New Defence over Baffin Milton Rovers, and it was a win on the road for Chi, after they defeated Whitstable Town, 0-2.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 31: Tonbridge Angels v Lowestoft Town

On Saturday 6th January, we were back in the Premier Division for our first fixture of 2018 – Tonbridge Angels v Lowestoft Town. In their last 5 encounters, both sides have collected identical points after 2 wins, 2 defeats and a draw. With points tightening at the foot of the table, only a win separates the teams between 13th and 17th, and 18th and 23rd – visitors Lowestoft, will be wanting an all-important 3 points to keep the pressure on the teams currently below them.

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1-on-1 with AFC Hornchurch goalkeeper Sam Mott

Sam Mott is an assured and vastly experienced non league goalkeeper, having previously played for Ramsgate and Welling, amongst other non league clubs, before making the number 1 spot his own at high-flying AFC Hornchurch.

Firstly, how is this season going for you personally, and for AFC Hornchurch as a whole?

Personally the season is going well. We are top of the league and haven’t conceded very many at all, so I’m happy. I have kept 8 league clean sheets so far, and will be hoping to add to that and get close to the 20 mark for the season.

As a whole I think we can be very pleased that we are top of the league going into the new year. We could have been a bit further clear of the chasing pack, but we still have a few games in hand and will be looking to make them count. As long as we are in the top two at the end of the season that is all that matters!

Who has been the toughest opposition for AFC Hornchurch so far this season?

Maldon & Tiptree. When we won at their ground earlier on in the season it think we defended for the whole of the second half! They were excellent. Very young, quick and passed the ball very well. I expect to see them challenging for the top 2 at the end of the season.

How old were you when you made the switch from an outfield player to a goalkeeper?

I think I was about 8 years old. I played one season up front, then one Sunday morning our goalkeeper didn’t turn up. As my Dad was the manager at the time and I was the tallest in the team I was the obvious choice to go in goal. I never came out! I have played there ever since. I’m happy my dad made that decision as i couldn’t stand running around anyway!

Who is the best player you have played with… and who is the best player you have played against?

The best player I’ve played with is George Purcell. We were with each other at Ebbsfleet for 3 years when we were younger, and we are into our fourth year together now at AFC Hornchurch. He probably has the best and hardest shot in non league and has scored some brilliant goals.

The best player I have played against is either Andre Gray or Joe Healy. I’d have to say Joe as he was one of those players that makes the game look so easy, and scored some outrageous goals.

If you could change one rule in football, what would it be?

I hate diving. It ruins the game and is giving football a bad name. Anyone caught diving should get a straight red in my opinion, wherever it is on the pitch, so that would have to be my rule change.

Who is your favourite footballer, past or present?

Hard question! As I’m a big West Ham fan I grew up watching Ludek Miklosko in the 90’s, he was brilliant in goal for West Ham and was one of my idols. So I would have to say him or Paolo Di Canio, what a player he was! Brilliant to watch. He had such skill and loved playing for West Ham.

And finally, what do you aim to achieve this season?

Promotion to the Bostik Premier, and 20 league clean sheets.

 

[Featured Image thank to IGS Photo and Sam Mott]. 

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