“Football suffers, fans can’t go to games, socialise etc but we have to remember the virus is still having a massive impact on people’s, communities and livelihoods.”
Those were the strong words from Prescot Cables Manager Craig Davies as he prepares for life without football once again this week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that all sport below ‘elite’ level must stop during the 4 week lockdown period.
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‘It’s not an ideal situation of course and selfishly, winning last night and then going into the next game as initial thought, would of helped us massively. But there is a bigger picture here’
Cables bounced back from successive away defeats to beat Widnes 3-1 last night, with goals from Lloyd Dean, Jamie Rainford and Alex McMillan.
‘The players where excellent throughout. The biggest thing that impressed me last night was our discipline and desire to defend’ Davies reflected on a strong away performance.
‘We stuck to a game plan, made it difficult for Widnes second half to lay a glove on us and of course, being clinical when in front of goal.’
‘We have had a tough run of away games so to get 3 points on the road, in the manner in which we did was very pleasing’ added the Cables boss.
Its been a difficult month for Prescot, as at throughout October, the club had an outbreak of COVID-19 which resulted in a two week isolation period for all players and staff.
Davies spoke of the benefits football gives to not just his players, but to millions across the country.
‘If we have to follow the guidance for a 4 week period then its something we will have to aim to get on with. Mental health is a well publicised topic now as everyone is aware of’
‘Us as staff, we will keep in daily contact with the players, be on the end of a phone to speak/offer support for anyone that is needing someone to talk to’
‘All clubs at our level are in the same boat now but we will stay together via zoom meetings, online sessions and fun based activities just to keep moral high and spirits up despite testing times’ added Davies.
Prescot will of course, like all local clubs, hope that the return of football is sooner rather than later, and the Cables boss spoke of the importance of keeping his players happy throughout this topsy turvy campaign.
‘The squad is very good and we have been unfortunate in some games not to take more from it.’
‘Both full back areas will be something to address in the coming weeks due to suspensions and injuries but we will only add players to the group who are good people for the dressing room as well as bringing in their quality.’