The Perfect Birthday Present?
You could say it was the perfect birthday present for Cannons' Manager, Clive Cook on Sunday. Not only did he know he would be able to hand a debut to new signing and long-term target, striker Jack Harris, in the massive Shepway derby, he then watched on as his side produced a performance as good as any since the club achieved promotion to the Ryman South some five years ago.
With the dust now settled on such an impressive performance and with the squad wrapping up training this morning (Tuesday), we caught up with a clearly still very happy Cookie - "Well what more could I ask for? Everything went right on Sunday, I asked for a reaction following Saturday's woeful performance against Three Bridges and by heck did I get it. It was a quite outstanding performance from the squad who made a very good Folkestone side look very ordinary.
Folkestone are a very good side and still are but it shows when we play we can beat anyone and it's our job as a management team to instil that belief in the players' minds. My beliefs as a Manager are that if the players' attitudes are right and the players’ mindset is correct we will win football matches, by EARNING THE RIGHT to win! So pats on the back for a tremendous performance, but all that is over now, we move on to the next hurdle, Ramsgate away, we must be consistent now and make last Sunday worthwhile."
One of those who impressed so much in front of the excellent attendance of 1527, was debutant, Jack Harris. Clive explained why the striker has been such a long-term target and how the squad is balancing out - "On the player front I have brought in more firepower in Jack Harris who is a proven goalscorer at Ryman League level. I have been chasing Jack all season and when the opportunity came along I took it with both hands. He is a smashing lad with the right pedigree having played for Maidstone, Faversham and Hastings United.
I must say a massive thank you to my Chairman for backing me on the addition to the playing staff. Unfortunately I have released Michael Yianni and Jamie Collado so they can get more playing time at another club of their choice. I would like to go on record in thanking those two players for their great attitude and commitment to the cause, letting players go is probably the worst part of a manager's job but it's the best solution for both parties."
Originally Published - 29/12/15