How Winchester City players and staff are able to juggle travel with work commitments

Players in red kits stood in a huddle on the pitch

WINCHESTER City currently find themselves in the Southern Premier Division South (third step of non-league football) and Captain Jamie Barron finds it difficult to manage work commitments with football.

With City being a semi-professional club it means that the players and staff will have jobs to work along with playing most Saturdays and Tuesdays which can sometimes be difficult especially with their game tonight being away to Merthyr Town.

Barron went onto say: ” You got to balance it and you got to let people know early and with training at 7pm you get in 5/5:30 have something to eat and you are back out the door. But yeah when you’re winning its enjoyable when you’re loosing it’s tough to stay motivated.”

Along with the players and staff having to be able to juggle work commitments and travel for away games The Citizens do not have the greatest facilities in the league again this year after they were able to get promoted via the play-offs two seasons ago from the Southern Football League, Division One South.

Davis believes that his side don’t have the best facilities in the league going on to say: “We don’t have the facilities to train on that others have got and you saw tonight that it’s just a tiny bit of pitch with barely any lighting.”

Despite their facilities not being good they currently find themselves sitting 14th in the league after 11 games. Craig is looking forward to what is round the corner for the club going onto say: “With the new pitch round the corner we just have to keep plodding away.”

Tonight they will be playing an in-form Merthyr Town side who currently find themselves 4th in the league occupying one of the play-off places having picked up 26 points from 12 games so far this season.

Listen to more on this story below with interviews from manager Craig Davis, Captain Jamie Barron and striker Warren Bentley.