Lewis Banks in action for the Potters
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18:00 17th March 2017
U23s captain reflects on flurry of fixtures...
LEWIS BANKS says he’d rather be playing than training as the Potters’ U23s completed their recent busy schedule with a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.
The encounter against Scott Sellers’ Wolves outfit represented a third fixture in six days for the young Potters having followed up a score draw with Norwich City last weekend with victory over Wolverhampton Casuals in the Staffs Senior Cup Semi Final on Tuesday evening.
The sequence of games has stretched the squad to its maximum over the past week, however Banks feels he and his teammates are better off as a result of the quick turnaround which can be similar to that at senior level.
“We’ve had a busy schedule which has been testing for the lads but a good experience for us all,” the full back said. “It’s better to be playing often than once every couple of weeks.
“Although you can have matches in, training nothing can replicate playing competitively - matches are where you earn your living with three points at stake.
“The first team sometimes have to play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday so it’s been good for us to sample that.
“It is part of the game and you can’t really complain about it. It’s far better than playing less often and training all the time."
Meanwhile, on the team’s overall return from their weeks work, the 19-year-old captain added: “We're all pleased to get through to the final of the Staffs Senior Cup because it is a good competition for local teams.
"We’ve played against some decent players and some proper blokes which has tested us but we’ve managed to overcome them to reach the final and hopefully we can now go on to win it.
"Obviously in terms of the league we were looking for six points from six, especially with being home, but we can come away from it and take the positives into our next few games."