“Every game is a Cup final.” says STM Sports boss Dale Gardiner

STM Sports manager Dale Gardiner says each remaining game is a ‘Cup Final’ in their quest for promotion. 

The Cardiff side have eight games remaining in their League season as they look to make history by being one of the first sides in the first ever FAW Championship.

On Saturday, STM Sports secured an important win against a promotion rival. Two goals apiece from Lamin Conteh and Callum Bateman in their 4-2 victory over Caerau Ely, helped STM move into third place in the table two points behind leaders Caldicot Town. 

The STM boss said: “Every game is a Cup Final and seven of those are away.”

“We seem to be alright on the road we’ve turned a corner there, where a lot of people don’t fancy us on the road but we seem to be proving people wrong so long may that continue.”

It’s a backlog of fixtures due to their run in the FAW Trophy which saw them knocked out at the semi-final stage to Cefn Albion.

Saturday’s opponents Pontardawe Town made the final, meaning they’ll have to wait until next Wednesday for their next fixture.

“Of course we got to we have to be lucky as well, we have to rely on people not getting injured.”

“You’ve seen Josh Graham come off with a hamstring problem we don’t need that at this stage. We’ve got eight horrible games to come, we’ve got to take every game as it comes.”

“I know it’s a bit of a cliche but we have to. We have to try to keep our squad as fit as we possibly can. If we keep fit then we’ve got a massive chance.”

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“We don’t want to shy away from the word title but we want to compete for the title.”

With excitement all around the place, Gardiner praised his team’s spirit and feels that this is the best team he’s had in all the time he’s been with the Llanrumney side. 

“I just think it’s the togetherness of the whole team really. We’ve got a squad together this year everybody’s knitted in, everybody gets on well there are no clicks, no animosity in the dressing room it’s just a brilliant atmosphere at the moment.”

“Probably the best we’ve had since I’ve ever been at the club in my eight, nine years since I’ve been here. 

“It’s probably the best atmosphere we’ve had in a changing room and I think each win is the same as that, they are always cheering.”

“Everybody gets on with everybody else it’s just fantastic at the moment. A great day and moment for the club.”

(Featured Image: Mike James)

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