When the Cyncoed club were struggling to find those goals in crucial moments last season, you will have heard pundits and fans saying how much the club ‘could do with an Adam Roscrow’ to make the difference up front.
Having left the Archers two years ago for a move to the Football League with Wimbledon, the man himself who blazed up and down the pitch for Christian Edwards’ side is now back at the club on loan, and we spoke to the 26-year-old recently about his return and hopes for the year.
“I’ve enjoyed being back, definitely. There are a lot of old faces still here, but some new as well and some that have moved on – which is a shame, as they were good friends of mine – but we’ve got a really good squad here. I’ve had a bit of stick from the lads, but everybody has been very welcoming.
“I knew exactly what to expect from a footballing side, but we’ve got a new Strength and Conditioning Coach which has really helped me a lot. I know there’ll be big expectations of me to come in and provide the goals, and I expect that of myself as well.
“I’ve had one in five games so far, but I know they’ll come, I’ve had good performances that have improved every week and the more the season goes on I’ll find that rhythm again and the goals will follow.”
“We’re doing well so far and our form is getting better and better.”
With five games played, the Archers sit sixth on eight points, unbeaten since their opening day defeat at the hands of Flint Town United.
Whilst confessing that it is too early to say where the Archers stand at the moment in relation to the other front-runners for the top six, Roscrow assessed where the club are in their development at present, as well as how they deal with expectations of the team from the media.
“Everybody always puts Cardiff Met down, and once again this season at the beginning of it all there were a lot of pundits who had us in the bottom six and some even suggested the bottom two, but that’s been a theme ever since we arrived in the Cymru Premier and we’ve always surpassed that.
“When we lost the first game of the season quite heavily, which seemed to give people justification for their ranking us so lowly, that was certainly a reality check for us and since then we’ve really found some consistency, kept three clean sheets away from home, and we’re trending in the right direction.
“We could do with putting one or two more chances away, and I’ve got my part to play in that, but we’re doing well so far and our form is getting better and better, so we’ve just got to make sure we don’t let that slip.”
“The manager and I have just picked up where we left off.”
Whilst injuries have been a hinderance to Met’s progress in previous seasons, so far this season any absences have been well covered by competitive and encouraging contributions from the squad, which is something Roscrow feels bodes well for the team in the longer term this year.
He discussed that, reintegrating with his manager Christian Edwards, and the overall aims for the club this season in detail.
“What has been really great to see is how competitive the squad has been so far this year, because we’ve had injuries again to key players but the guys who have stepped in to fill those places in the team have really stepped up and impressed, which gives everybody such a boost and makes everybody play harder, because you know if you’re not at it, somebody is there to take your place.
“The manager and I have just picked up where we left off, I think. We know each other well on and off the pitch and what works between us, and he did so much to get the best out of me in my first spell here. When you have people that believe in you and want you to do well, it makes everything easier and makes you happier, which translates to the pitch then.
“Top six is always our aim, it always has been and this year is no different. I obviously want to find my rhythm again and make as many contributions in front of goal as I can. What that looks like as a figure, I don’t know – I don’t want to put pressure on myself – but I want to help the team as much as I can and get us where we should be.”
“We wouldn’t have had the journeys we’ve had without Christian.”
The biggest news to come out of Cyncoed Campus for some time is that Christian Edwards is leaving the hotseat at the end of the season, after a herculean effort to help lead the club from the foot of the Welsh football pyramid to the very top, with incredible adventures to Europe and Cymru Premier success to boot.
His star forward gave a glowing endorsement of the work Edwards has done for the Met, and detailed what he expects the club to be like in the future once his current boss steps aside.
“The club wouldn’t be where it is now without Christian. There have been so many big contributions from people along the way, but it is his vision and desire that led to the football club achieving all of this, coming from Division Three to the Cymru Premier to Europe and to winning trophies at the highest level.
“His impact has been significant off the pitch as well, at the forefront of helping take the club forward towards achieving the licenses and everything we’ve needed to progress through the leagues in that sense, as well as getting the results on the pitch, and none of the players here would have had the careers and journeys they’ve had without him.
“This day was always coming, of course, and it’ll be a quieter place when he’s not on the training pitch, but I’m sure we’ll still see him most weeks and whoever ends up taking his place will surely still carry on the fantastic work he’s done.”
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