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As Cardiff Met look to secure a top six spot over the festive period, with only a victory needed on Saturday and results to go in their favour, Will Evans speaks on the season so far.
Being from Tanat Valley, scoring against local side Newtown was always a sweet moment for Will.
“Well, when Newtown travelled down to Cyncoed earlier on in the season, I wanted to score that day and I wanted to score last week, luckily for me I scored in both and it turned out to be the winner in both, more importantly we picked up 6 points out of 6 and that’s what matters.”
Will’s brother James scored on the same weekend as his brother Will when he scored against The New Saints, with Will’ earning a £50 goal bonus and his brother left empty handed.
“It was a nice touch from them. Again another local side, where my family came to watch so it was nice to score. Yes, I bought him a drink to celebrate!”
With the introduction of the Met Ultras this season, Evans revealed that he lives with them.
“I currently live with a few of the ultras so they gave me an insight into the song, however when I’m on the pitch, it always sounds better!
Having only recently formed in numbers this season, we’ve played a numerous amount of games without them, so it shouldn’t be a problem, however it’s always a nice touch when they are in voice.”
Three goals in three now for Will Evans, but Evans is more focused on the team effort.
“I’m starting to put a nice run together, hopefully more to come! I haven’t really looked at myself individually I’ve looked at how the team have performed as a whole and I feel we’ve been very good at times this season so far, with much more to come.
When a team is promoted, sometimes the philosophy changes but Met have maintained their slick passing football and it has paid off.
“Ever since my first training session I understood what was wanted from the manager and all the coaches involved, to try and play football as much as possible. When we’ve got the ball down and played football I think we’ve looked very good.”
A moment that stands out for Will was the convincing 4-0 win over 4th placed Bangor City.
“A personal one for me and I think I can go on behalf of the team was the 4-0 win at home to Bangor.
Going in as massive underdogs we felt no pressure and just played our style of football and it paid off. We knew the league was going to be tough and with the travelling, it’s obviously added factors, however I feel we have stood up for ourselves and stuck to our game.”
With the Welsh Premier League experience manager Dr Christian Edwards had with Aberyswyth and his experience as a player, Will Evans pays tribute to the manager but also those behind the scenes.
“Yes, Christian as had a massive impact on me in my development as a player on and off the pitch. However there are other coaches behind the scenes who have also contributed massively to that.”
With the festive period coming up, Met will be facing an unknown quantity in Carmarthen who they have yet to play this season but preparation has gone into the game.
“Yes, having not played Carmarthen this season, it will be a tough ask certainly going to their place and trying to pick up points, however we have done our research and have approached the game with a clear game plan and we will be looking to utilise it over the two games.”
Cardiff Metropolitan play Carmarthen away on the 26th December, as well as the reverse fixture on the 31st December.