Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood names his 21 man squad for two Euro Qualifiers against Ireland & Poland. Lincoln’s Anthony Bardon was included in that squad and is starting to become a regular figure in the squad for both club and country. Despite this, Anthony Bardon was not expected to start but with Aaron Payas dropping out, this was the perfect opportunity for the youngster to make a statement.
Days after the Poland game, we caught up with Bardon as he reflect on how he felt both games, “On a personal level I felt I did quite well, during both games I tried to get on the ball as much as I could. As a team I felt against Ireland we put a great performance in and it really should have been closer than 4-0. The Poland game was a lot harder as we had a short time in between and a few players injured we were well beaten but full credit to Poland.”
Last Saturday saw Lincoln retain the Pepe Reyes Cup beating Europa FC 3-2 in extra time. Bardon started the game and played the full 120 minutes, “I think winning the Pepe Reyes gives us a huge boost considering we have had a short preseason and I think we will get better with more matches.”
With the Premier Division improving every season, better players normally bring better football, meaning Lincoln as like the rest of the teams in the division have had to dig deep in the transfer market to make sure they can continue to be the best team in the Gibraltar, Bardon gave us an insight on how the teams looks, “The team has changed a lot but the new players coming in will want to show why the club put faith in them. Yeray Patino Blasco and Nico Chietino are very good players they have been a big boost but to keep the goalkeeper Raul Navas was a massive boost.”
Lastly, we asked Bardon about his & Lincoln’s ambitions for this season, “Our ambitions this season is to repeat what we did last year which is to win the league and rock cup. Hopefully we can also give try harder in the Senior Cup but it will be harder than ever with teams improving.”
Football Gibraltar would like to thank Anthony Bardon for his time and wish him the best of luck for the future.