“Attitude wins games”, these are the words that Mark Rodgers and his Fauldhouse United side live by. It is a mind-set that has seen them start their first ever SERFYA campaign unbeaten so far and places them at the top of the league table.
Rodgers spoke exclusively to Youth Football Scotland to discuss his side’s impressive beginning to life in the SERFYA, and was pull of praise about the team’s characteristics. “A big factor and contribution to this run of form is having quality players who are prepared to work hard. The boys have taken on board the importance of looking after themselves with good habits, such as diet, fitness and rest.” he said.
“The most important factor for the boys was to enjoy their training and football, listen to coaches and be prepared to work hard for the team and believe in yourself. As well as creating a winning mentality, even when not playing well.”
A key component to any successful season is well structured preparation, and Rodgers made it clear that Fauldhouse are no strangers to that: “Pre-season was extremely tough for the boys with punishing schedules working alongside Fauldhouse United Juniors. The sessions included running up Arthur’s seat and boxing training, where the boys’ fitness levels were challenged to reach their potential.”
“The boys enjoyed their pre-season and this has given Fauldhouse a mental confidence and toughness for the challenges ahead.”
Ever since an 8-1 opening day victory against Edina Hibs, Rodgers’ outfit have oozed confidence in front of goal, which was on display in an impressive 2-0 victory away to Hutchinson Vale earlier this season. One game however, stands out for the United coach: “The most important moment so far this season was at Leith Athletic, where we found ourselves 3-0 down at half-time to miraculously recover with an amazing display of determination, sheer will-power and belief to overcome Leith, scoring 5 goals in the final 20 minutes” he said.
“It was a game that our character and desire shone through in, winning a match that looked impossible at half-time.”
Rodgers was quick to acknowledge the efforts of all his players, in particular, the man between the sticks: “The whole team have contributed to our fantastic start, especially our defence and goalkeeper Mathew Craig who has been outstanding. A goalkeeper who can give confidence to his defenders is worth his weight in gold. The midfield have worked extremely hard, and forwards have given teams big problems.”
The incredible start for United has been a collective effort, as Rodgers was keen to point out. “The support and help of Fauldhouse United Juniors has been amazing, where we have the luxury of playing at Park View. Fauldhouse play on a surface that contributes to a passing game, it is a wonderful footballing surface” he said.
“Many thanks go to our loyal ground staff and support from the local community, who have taken us to their heart. This has benefited us immensely and it is very much appreciated.”
Well done to Fauldhouse United on their wonderful league start and best of luck for the rest of the season!