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Evans Pleased With Blues January Progress
With The Gate firing on all cylinders during January, much praise has rightly been reserved for versatile midfielder, Jack Evans.
Shortlisted for January’s Player of the Month Award sponsored by Trophies and Gifts, Jack’s reliable performances as right back whilst covering for the injured and influential Chris Sessengon, has stabilised The Gate’s defensive back line.
Reflecting on the start of 2018, Evans revealed the dressing room is “buzzing” with the recent run of good results.
“It’s been a long January but if you were to give us an option of getting a point at Billericay, beating Dulwich Hamlet who were top of the league at the time, winning every other game and drawing with Leatherhead, everyone would have taken that after the Christmas we had.”
Now sitting in third place, Evans admitted the squad is cautious to remain grounded and let their feet continue to do the talking out on the pitch, but hopes the team morale and togetherness will provide a competitive edge.
“The play – offs have got to be our aim and if we weren’t to get in the play-offs now we’d be very disappointed.”
“We take every game as it comes. There is a lot of broken bodies in there at the moment but I think the character we’ve got and the team morale, we should all push each through. We’ve got good enough players to get through a tough February.”
Conventionally a central midfielder, with injuries savaging the squad, Evans was happy to help the Manager and slot into the back four and has relished his new right back role as the weeks have gone.
“I was really enjoying myself in centre midfield but Watty’s asked if I could help in the full back role as I’ve played there before and I said yes. I’m enjoying it, although I’ve taken a bit of a knock on my hamstring, I’m hoping it’s not too bad and I can’t complain as we’re winning games.”
After Monday’s victory at Kingstonian, Evans and his team-mates prepare for the visit of Lowestoft at Hartsdown Park on Saturday afternoon. With everything progressing well, on and off the pitch, Evans hopes it will be another good day for the Club.
“All the boys are good as gold. We all get on, we can criticise and push each other on and have a great squad on and off the pitch. If we don’t get in the play-offs they’ll be a number of us, staff included who will be really disappointed.”
See if the boys can continue their push for the play-offs on Saturday 3 February. Turnstilles open from 1:30pm and you can find all our Ticket Price details here.
Friday, 02 February 2018
By Charlotte Richardson