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‘We seem to be a bit of an enigma’ – Bishop’s Cleeve Captain Ross Langworthy on their inconsistent form

Bishop’s Cleeve’s captain talks about settling in as captain and where the Mitres are aiming to go this season.

Ross Langworthy says that Bishop’s Cleeve could be higher in the league if it wasn’t for some unexpected losses.

The Mitres captain said; ‘It’s been a very up and down season. We’ve had some really good performances. Unfortunately, we’ve just been inconsistent.’

Bishop’s Cleeve currently sit ninth in the Southern League Division One South, with a record of won four, drawn four and lost four and 16 points, sitting two points out of the play-offs.

Langworthy looked on the positive side when describing his side’s start to the season; ‘It’s been a difficult one to work out, we seem to be a bit of an enigma at the moment. But you are guaranteed goals when you come and watch out games.’

The striker was Bishop’s Cleeve top scorer last season, arriving from Fairford last year and has put away six this season with fellow forwards Jay Malshanskyj & Ethan Dunbar contributing seven goals between them.

Langworthy commented on their contributions to the side; ‘It’s good competition, in the fact we’re all chipping in the goals. Between the three of us we’ve found ways of having all three of us on the pitch same time.

‘And we bounce off each other quite well, we’ve chipped in with assists for each other and for others as well as a decent amount of goals.’

Langworthy was also given the captaincy this season by manager Paul Collicutt after impressing in pre-season; ‘He didn’t really flag it up that was what he was going to do. He just threw me the armband in a pre-season game and that was that. But it’s really nice, it’s an honour to captain the club. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time since I arrived last November. I love the club and it’s nice to have that role.’

As a striker, Langworthy commented on the difficulty he has on captaining his side at the other end of the pitch but has a lot of praise for his vice-captain, and goalkeeper, Lewis Clayton;

‘It’s a big help because he’s at the other end of the pitch. For a young lad, he’s very mature and very good goalkeeper. His reading of the game is good and he does talk which is something he’s developed this season.’

The Mitres achieved their highest finish last season, finishing mid-table in the Southern League Division One South, despite having one of the smallest budgets in the league.

Langworthy said the club and the manager are looking to go even higher and push for possible promotion; ‘We know Collicutt is very driven and very ambitious and doesn’t settle for anything and keeps wanting to move the club forward.

‘To be in and around the playoffs was a target before the start of the season and we’ve shown that we can do that because we’ve performed very well against some of the top teams in the league.

‘We’ll get back to focussing on the league and being in and around the play-off race. Hopefully for the whole season.’

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