Determined Tigers captain looks forward to FC United clash

Leon Mettam opens the scoring in the sixth minute for Worksop
Leon Mettam opens the scoring in the sixth minute for Worksop

Tigers captain Leon Mettam is convinced that the young Worksop squad will have enough to repeat last year’s win over the Red Rebels.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mettam said he was looking forward to competitive action, and relishing the chance to play one of the pre-season favourites in the season opener.

He said: “I’d rather be playing FC United at the start of the season than a few months in, as they don’t have time to settle.”

“If a good team settles and gets on a run, like North Ferriby did last year, they can become unbeatable. This way we can play our game without worrying about them.”

“We’re not playing Barcelona or Chelsea, so we aren’t going to change the way we play for FC United.”

“We want them to come here and remember what happened last time at the Lane - they went one up and we turned them over 4-1 - rather than us worrying about what they’re going to do.”

Mettam also spoke of his role as captain, a role the 26-year-old sees as a great responsibility.

“It’s a new one for me and a huge honour, and I’ll no doubt be learning on the way.”

“I’m the oldest in the squad now, which is a little strange, but it’s a different challenge for me.”

“I’ve got to be positive in the right way and not get frustrated with myself.”

“If I start showing frustration, it can rub off on the younger players, so I need to help pull them through that.”

“That said, my will to win is second to none, so if people aren’t pulling their weight I’ll make sure they know about it.”