Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Artell Throws The Gauntlet Down To Pickering

16 August 2017

Boss Dave Artell has challenged young starlet Harry Pickering to challenge Zoumana Bakayogo for the left-back spot, after coming through his full debut against Newport last weekend with flying colours.

The Gaffer has had a discussion with the youngster since the game & has challenged him to become & a regular in the side, now the dust has settled & the enjoyment has passed of the weekend of his first start.

Artell said: “I said to him, the hard work starts now. It’s easy getting into the first team & it’s easy being the best player in the Under 23’s every week, in the grand scheme of things. Playing six first team games on a eight, nine, ten out of ten, that’s the tough bit.

“I told him to enjoy his full debut & enjoy his weekend with all the plaudits that comes his way from family & friends & feeling like he’s walking on cloud nine. Let’s see if he can do that in six games time.

“Harry is a great kid. He’s got such a mature head on him for such a young player & he’s got a really good, sensible & clever family around him – so he’s not going to get carried away that’s for sure.

“I said to him that I only had one criticism, & that was when Ryan Wintle shot in the second half. Harry should’ve been played in on the left of the box for a one-on-one. He admitted to me that he didn’t should loud enough for the pass.

“He should’ve gone home as the match-winning debutant from that, & they are the fine margins. Hopefully he’ll remember that for next time.

“Overall, I was really pleased with him & he’s ready to challenge Zooms & we’ll see what that brings.”

Advertisement block