We caught up with current top scorer Abdulai Baggie. He looks ahead to the game on Wednesday and discusses his personal and team targets for the rest of the season.
Josh Barton: 10 goals for you so far this season. Do you have any personal target in mind?
Abdulai Baggie: To be honest, I set my own target at the start of the season which I’ll keep to myself. What I would say is that I am ahead of schedule. To me, it’s all about the team and if the team is getting good results and we keep climbing the table then that is the most important thing.
JB: We have reached over 50 points and currently sit third. Just what can we achieve?
AB: It’s a difficult one. It’s an old cliche I know but we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground and take every single game as it comes. We are the in-form team so there is no reason why we can’t go all the way and achieve that play-off spot or perhaps go even further, let’s see. One thing is for sure, there will be lots of twists and turns for every team. We have still got some very big games and we have 13 massive games in the league but we have just got to concentrate on ourselves. If we do that and believe in what we are doing then we should be in and around the mix at the end of the season.
JB: We have another big game tomorrow evening against Havant & Waterlooville, what are your thoughts going into this match?
AB: This game speaks for itself. It’s going to be a massive game for both teams. We know their strengths, they know ours. I know it’s a game we are looking forward to and I think we can quite confidently say that nobody will be expecting a 0-0 or a dull game. We will try and win every game we play as we always do and we don’t fear anyone. There isn’t an easy game in this league but we are used to doing things a certain way and we have become used to winning; it’s a good habit to have.
JB: We want honesty here. Is there a little battle between yourself, Jake and the others over top scorer?
AB: I would be lying if I said no! We drive each other on and yes there is a bit of a battle going on with Jake but it’s all positive and the three points are the only that matters really. It’s a good thing because if we are both scoring goals then the team is going well. Let’s see what happens at the end of the season.
JB: We have 13 league games left as well as a Cup Final. Once again, it’s exciting times.
AB: As I touched on earlier. 13 games to go, 13 massive games. We need to win as many games as possible and we need to concentrate on ourselves. It’s going to be exciting that’s for sure. It’s familiar for us as we are used to being up there and we feel no pressure. If anything we are thriving off of it and the shackles are off. We’ve got to enjoy this ride and see where it takes us.
JB: Your half-term soccer schools have proved very popular, are there plans for any more in the future?
AB: I will be sitting down soon to have a look at the plan. I am working on new and exciting ideas. It’s an area that I enjoy working in and a big opportunity for myself and the boys I’m coaching. I enjoy helping them develop as footballers and the main thing is that they have fun. I enjoy helping in any way I can. I’m hoping to have things in place for the half term and school holidays so watch this space.