ALEX Fletcher has called on his teammates to replicate the performance from Tuesday evening against West Bromwich Albion ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s EVO-STIK Northern Premier League, First Division South fixture with Goole AFC at The Beeches (KO 15:00).
The 18-year-old joined Tivi last month and made his debut in the 4-2 home success over Belper Town, just 48 hours after signing on the dotted line from AFC Telford United.
Fletcher has since made a further three appearances for the Submariners, including Tuesday’s Birmingham Senior Cup defeat at the hands of the Baggies, and the ball playing midfielder insists that’s the level of performance that will see Dale climb the Northern Premier League table.
“I thought we played well on Tuesday night, very well in fact,” said Fletcher.
“We went a goal down early doors but got ourselves back into the game quickly and played some good football thereafter. It was a great free-kick from ‘Danksy’, and let’s not forget he hit the post from a similar scenario just moments earlier.
“West Brom’s players who played on Tuesday are full-time, their fitness levels are excellent but we matched them for long periods. If we play like that in our respective league games and put our chances away then we will pick up points and move up the table.”
Ahead of tomorrow’s Non League Day fixture, Fletcher told @TiviFCofficial that he’s happy to be playing first team football again after making the move from Shropshire last month.
“It’s great to be starting games. I’m still not 100% match fit at the moment but I’m feeling better and better. Obviously my debut was against Belper, so hopefully that will be an omen when we take to the field tomorrow afternoon.
“Goole are a good side and we will have to be at our best to claim the three points. We have two home games in the space of four days with Basford United the visitors on Tuesday night. It’s important we pick up points.
“We need to take each game at a time. As Ross (Thorpe) said earlier this week, we are still gelling together as a team. There’s a great togetherness here, both on the field and as a collective group.
“Everyone is pulling in the same direction and that bodes well moving towards the winter months when the games come thick and fast.”