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BLOG: Coalville striker Woolley believes his side can defy the odds

Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:08

Jake Woolley believes that he with his Coalville team mates defeat the odds to win the Westerby Cup and end the season on a high writes NLD's Midlands writer Ian Turner

Coalville Town with two games to go this season sit 11th in The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier’s First Division South. However despite their league season coming to a sombre end, on the 26th of May they find themselves in the final of the Westerby Cup, to be held at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

Former Luton Town Striker Jake Woolley scored the two goals that got The Ravens to the final in their 2-0 win over Quorn.

Earlier this week I sat down with Coalville’s top scorer Woolley to discuss how his first season at Coalville had gone with the cup final ahead of them.

So, your first season at Coalville is coming to an end. How has it compared to your previous clubs such as Luton?

“There’s a big difference. For me personally, I’m playing week in week out, at Luton I didn’t really get that, I was being sent out on loan without really getting a look in whenever I returned”

“As for the training set up though, it’s obviously not going to be the same as at Luton it was full time intense training. It is still intense though and the coaching staff are always looking for way to improve both the players and the team.”
What happened with Cambridge?

“Yeah so at the start of this season I signed to play at Cambridge, but with living in Leicester it became difficult quickly to manage both playing, training and working, so when the opportunity came to play closer to home at Coalville it was an easy decision to make”

Brilliant, as for this season, how do you feel it’s gone for the team?

“Well when I first arrived the team where doing okay, but it soon started to go downhill, we lost I think six games on the bounce and our season looked like it was only going one way. But there was a change in management, Tom Brookbanks took over the team and bought in a couple of players, and since then we’ve improved no end. If this management team had been in from the start of the season I’m sure we’d be a lot higher in table.”

But on a personal level, surely you’re delighted with your personal performances 24 goals isn’t a bad return, especially with three to play?

“Yeah brilliant, couldn’t have gone much better really, scoring I think 21 league goals. So with three games to play including the cup final I hope I can add a few more. But yes hopefully I can take my form into next season.”

You’ve signed a contract keeping you at Coalville until the end of next season, what do you feel the team can achieve?

“Next year? Well the from what discussions I’ve had with the manager and from what team talks he’s given; The league title is what we all want to win or at least mount a serious challenge for it. If you look at our form since Tom took over there’s no reason why we can’t achieve these aims. We are definitely much better than a mid-table side”

Do you see yourself at Coalville long term or is it a case of seeing what happens, because I imagine you want to play even further up the divisions?

“I’m really enjoying my football at Coalville, I feel very comfortable in this team. When my contract comes to end next summer I can see myself signing an extension if that’s something Coalville want to happen.

As for playing higher up the divisions, yes of course all players do, but I believe my ambitions match those of the club and if I do play higher I only want that to be with Coalville.”

Finally with a cup final in just over a month’s time against a strong outfit in Barwell, can you win it?

“Yes, yes we want to win it obviously but we believe we can win it. We know we are the underdogs because Barwell are a strong side and play in a higher division than us. We know a couple of player from their squad but really we are just going to focus on ourselves and worry about doing our own job.”

Interview: Ian Turner
Twitter: @IanTurner_

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