Sgorio reporter Nicky John has been getting to know some of the players and managers within the Welsh Premier league to find out what makes them tick!
This week Nicky talks to Bala Town’s current top scorer this season, Mark Connolly.
Mark, the run in is nearing, can you repeat the success of the end of last season?
The team are quietly confident that we can repeat what we did last year, but there are a lot of teams in this league who will be thinking the same.
We’ve just got to take each game as it comes like we did last year, and hope we put in the same performances as we did back then to get us into Europe again.
What’s it been like at the club this season following the highs of last summer?
We’ve been on a high following the European games. The club are determined to get back in to the Europa League either through the playoffs or a good cup run.
We’ve come a long way in a short space of time, and that’s a huge achievement.
Playing in the Europa League has made not only the chairman and gaffer determined to get there again, but the experience of last summer makes us all want to do it again even more.
What has been your highlight of the season so far?
Playing in Europe was a good start to the season, but I’d have to say being given the chance to play up front again and proving some people wrong in that I can play up front and score goals, whether it’s from open play or from a dead ball.
What do you do when you’re not playing football?
If I’m not playing football I’m either working or spending time at home with my son and missus. I try and relax, but with a three year old and my missus being pregnant with our second child it’s always hard to relax while your being nagged! She’ll kill me when she reads this! Hahaha!
What was the first football match you ever went to see?
It was an Everton game back in the day. We played Newcastle, and if I remember rightly we won 3-0. I was about 6 or 7 years old.
You’re top scorer at the club so far this season. Which goal has been your favourite?
There have been a couple but I think my favourite would be my goal against Airbus UK at the Airfield.
Which of your team mates works hardest?
I think all the lads will back me on this, it’s Chris Mason. He doesn’t stop from start to finish, and he trains and plays with the same enthusiasm.
To be fair most of the lads work hard in training but you can tell who the old pro’s are – looking like they’re working hard but we all know there just looking that way! Lunty,Morley, Jona… Hahaha!
Who wins the award for worst dressed in the Maes Tegid dressing room?!
I’ll put this one in block, bold letters – KIERON SMITH! We had a night out at Christmas time and he came out in a jumper that looked like he’d bought it from a charity shop, a pair of jeans that we were all sure were a pair of women’s trousers, and to cap it all off he had Ugg boots on!
Coming from Chester he said that’s “the style” – but I refuse to stand next to him on a night out now!
Who do you share a room with on away trips?!
Stuart Jones. I don’t know why the gaffer keeps putting us together to be honest, because when we’re together we just play pranks on some of the other lads!
We’re like two big kids on away trips!
Favourite away trip in the Welsh Premier League?
I like the south Wales trips just for the trip home with the car school.
But I’d have to say Airbus due to the fact that it’s only half an hour away from home. I couldn’t ask for a closer away game.
Who has been the most impressive individual you’ve come up against this season?
There have been a lot of players who have impressed me so far. If I had to say one, it would have to be Chris Venables at Aberystwyth.
He’s been in form so far this season, you can see that with the goals he’s been scoring.
If you could step into the boots of any footballer in the world for a day, who would you choose?!
If I had a choice, Roy Keane on a match day, just to know what he was thinking.
Tell us a random Mark Connolly fact.
I wear glasses. I have terrible eye sight!
On this day in 1985 Milan fans witnessed the start of one exraordinary career.