Throughout the season Nicky John has been chatting to some familiar faces from the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League. This week, she catches up with Newtown’s Jason Oswell…
This is your first season with the Robins – how are you finding life at Latham Park?!
I’ve really enjoyed my first season at Newtown. I was made very welcome by all involved at the club and I quickly settled in. It’s great to be playing on a good surface every week too!
You’re a fan of 3G surfaces then?
I’m a fan of 3G surfaces! It’s great training on the pitch every week and knowing that the quality of training will be good. I think the standard of the league will only improve if more 3G pitches are brought in.
The battle to reach the top 6 went right down to the wire, but how much of a challenge has playing in the top half during this second phase of the season been?
It was a credit to everyone at the club to reach the top 6, especially the style we did it in! It’s definitely a challenge playing in the top 6, but this is where we deserve to be so we will keep enjoying the games as they come.
You’ve got a huge Welsh Cup match against your old club Rhyl coming up too… Are you confident of being able to make it to the final?
It’s a massive game and we are confident we can make it to the final. We have had tough games against them in recent months and no doubt it will be another close game.
Any former team mates which you’ll be keeping an eye on?!
The Rhyl team has changed quite a lot since I was there but hopefully they will be keeping an eye on us instead of the other way around!
You spent some time a couple of years ago playing in Australia. Tell me a bit about your time there…
I went out there to play in the last 4 months of the New South Wales Premier League with APIA Leichhardt Tigers which was awesome! We ended up winning the Waratah cup, which is the equivalent of the Welsh cup, and that was a great day. Syndey is a pretty cool place!
Before then, you also played in the Scottish Prem with Inverness. What was that like?
It was a great experience to play up in Scotland, the league is tough and the standard is high. I learnt a lot of things there, especially from Terry Butcher. I can use those things throughout my career to improve as a player.
You’re Newtown’s top scorer this season. Do you have a favourite goal?
The overhead kick I scored against Aber early on was pretty good – although obviously not good enough to win goal of the month!! But the goal I scored against Connah’s Quay away was special because it sparked our comeback and helped us reach the top 6.
What do you think your best performance as a team has been?
The best performance I would say was against Aber when we won 6-3. We were just on fire that day.
…and the most disappointing?
Port Talbot away on Boxing day was one of the worst days ever. The coldest day and a terrible performance. A very long bus journey back too!
Best opposition player you’ve come up against this season?
Cortez Belle is strong and he organizes his team well. He’s always a threat from set pieces too.
Which of your own team mates do you think has been most impressive?
I think Luke Boundford has been dependable all season. He will always produces when we need it most and he is an absolute salmon. He gets his noggin to everything.
What’s your earliest football memory?
Watching Man United in the 1999 Champions League final, going upstairs to bed with 2 mins to go furious they were going to lose, then just hearing a big roar downstairs. Great game.
Who’s your football hero?
Cristiano Ronaldo has to be the one. Unlike Messi, he trained harder than anyone to be where he is. He’s so powerful and resilient, great to watch.
What’s your day job?!
I am currently a Physio assistant in the NHS but I’m also in my second year of University studying Physiotherapy.
Tell us a random fact about yourself…
I broke my leg skiing when I was 7 and I haven’t tried it since. I don’t intend to anytime soon either!
On this day in 1992, Kit Symons made his first ever appearance for Wales.