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Pre-match: Stirk excited for cup clash

1 December 2023

Club News

Pre-match: Stirk excited for cup clash

1 December 2023

Walsall midfielder Ryan Stirk is excited for this weekend’s clash against National League North side Alfreton Town in the Emirates FA Cup.

Stirk is eager to play in the cup competition due to the chances of creating memories with his teammates.

“It’s always good having the FA Cup come around, it’s a cup competition so anything can happen and for us it’s about making memories,” he said.

“Some of the lads played last year against Leicester, and always speak about it, so it’s something I obviously want to do with Walsall and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Although the Saddlers have drawn lower league opposition in Alfreton Town, Stirk knows it will be a tough game as they will be eager to make the next round to face a renowned side as well.

“Going to these non-league teams, we do not take it lightly. We are going to prepare right like we always do, and we are going to go there with a game plan,” Stirk commented.

“Hopefully we can execute the game plan and get a positive result and be in the hat for the third round.

“We can’t look too far ahead of ourselves though, it’s always there in the back of our minds but you have to push it to one side and just focus on the task ahead and the next game. We will be focused on the game come Saturday.”

Stirk is also pleased with the depth of the squad now as various players have returned to the fold including Priestley Farquharson, Harry Williams, Rollin Menayese and Jack Earing.

“Seeing the lads that have been out a bit longer come back is good. It’s good competition and keeps everyone on their toes,” Stirk discussed.

“It gives the gaffer good options as well so it’s good to see all those lads back. Getting Farquharson back the other night was good, you know what he can offer, he is a brilliant defender so yeah, it’s good.”

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