Motormen joint-boss May is confident ahead of FA Cup clash and thrilled to be back
PUBLISHED: 11:59 11 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 11 August 2018
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Redbridge joint-manager Joe May says his side are confident going into their FA Cup extra preliminary round clash with Long Melford this weekend.
The Motormen welcome the Eastern Counties Premier Division outfit to Oakside on Saturday as they look to bag £1,500 in prize money and progress to the next round of the prestigious competition.
“We’re going into the weekend confident we can win as we do in any other game,” May said.
“We feel we’ve got a good team, but we’re not expecting it to be easy as everyone ups their game on FA Cup day. We don’t know much about Long Melford so we don’t really know what to expect, but as long as we play to our potential and stick to what we know we’ll definitely be a match for anyone we play.”
Former Hornchurch midfielder May revealed how vital winning the prize money would be for the Essex Senior League outfit, adding: “It would be massive to get a win for the club as the prize money goes a long way to helping the club financially.
“It will be pleasing to give something back to the club as they work tirelessly to make sure we have everything we need throughout the season.”
May has returned to playing action after missing more than a season with an ACL injury.
And he admitted the feeling of being back on the pitch was quite strange after being absent for so long.
“I’m finding it a bit surreal at the minute that I’m back playing because there were times I thought I would never be able to play again as there’s many people who have never come back after rupturing their ACL,” he said.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying being back on the pitch, I just feel lucky to be able to run about and kick a football again, a lot of thanks goes to Jack Hughes, the Hornchurch physio and Ricky McFarlane.
“Between them they gave me the opportunity to recover and strengthen my knee to get me back to where I was and enjoy playing once again.”
The 30-year-old also revealed he is enjoying the balance between playing and managerial duties.
“I’m finding it a bit easier if I’m honest because I see myself as a bit of an experienced player now as I’m 30 and the rest of the boys are early 20s. Being on the pitch with them I feel I can speak to them and get my point across a lot clearer, rather than being on the side shouting instructions.”
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