Castle: “Our season has been on an upwards trajectory”

FG caught up with James Castle to talk about Glacis’ win over College last week, his goals for the season and more.

Castle reflected on Glacis’ 5-1 win over College last Saturday, “On reflection, I think it was our worst performance of the season. This may sound surprising considering the result, but it is a result which flattered us. Of course, we were happy with the result, but I think we were all relatively disappointed with our performance. In truth, the game could have become a complicated affair if it were not for some individual brilliance from Hatim Smith to break the deadlock. Once we scored the first goal, I think we kicked into gear, but we were still far from our best. College gave us a good fight, so I think it is only fair to sing their praises as it is not easy to play with 10 men, but they battled until the end. We need to have a much better performance if we want to pick up a positive result against Bruno’s on Saturday.

Glacis currently sit fifth in the table heading into Matchday 8, we asked James what he has made of their season so far – “I think our season has been on an upwards trajectory. We started the league in poor form and we were disappointed not to get anything from our first two games. I think commencing our pre-season later than usual due to Covid-19 and of course our new players adjusting to the league played a part. The Lynx game was a turning point in the season, playing for around 30 minutes with 10 men against a top Lynx side and still managing to draw is something which I think has boosted our self-belief. Of course, our point was removed by the GFA for breaching the HGP rule, but we have just focused on the performance as opposed to the result. We are now sitting in 5th spot (albeit with one or two more games played) which is where we expect and want to be. On this basis alone the season is already an improvement from last season and so we must be relatively pleased with that. However, a Club with Glacis’ history deserves to be competing with the best teams in the league and I hope we manage to remain in the top 6 places once the league splits.

Summer signings Marcos Zappacosta and Wessel Witbreuk have been instrumental in Glacis good run of form recently while keeping hold of the experienced Miguel Londero have been a huge boost – we asked James how important they’ve been in a young team, “Of course, our signings have played an important role in our improvement this season. As you mention our team is full of young players, in fact, I think in terms of local players only 2 or 3 players do not qualify for our U23 team. With that said, I do not think that their age has been such an important factor, in fact, Witbreuk is only 22! It is more their professional mentality and attitude that they bring with them to training. They are all top professionals who will move onto bigger leagues, so to be allowed to learn from their experiences has had a positive impact on all of us. It must also be said that the local players have made a great effort this season to attend training sessions. Throughout September and October, we had been training 6 times a week and I think this is telling on the pitch particularly with respects to our fitness levels.

James gave us an insight into what he hopes to achieve this season, “I am not particularly interested in personal accolades or achievements. My objective this season is to help regain some of the respect that the Club has lost over the last few years. I think helping the Club finish within the top 6 this season would be a good starting point to achieve that goal.