Stevenage U18 FA Youth Cup starlet Harry Draper Q&A

PUBLISHED: 21:02 11 December 2018




Ahead of Stevenage’s U18’s FA Youth Cup third round clash with Bury at the Lamex on Wednesday read Harry Hughes exclusive interview with Harry Draper at CometSport.

Harry Hughes: What are your thoughts on your team’s season so far?

Harry Draper: It’s been a record breaking season for us. We’ve been unbeaten until we played Northampton top of the league last weekend. We’ve come together as a group and got on very well on and off the pitch and that’s shown in our performances recently and the clubs shown interest in helping us improve and without their support we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Harry Hughes: What are your thoughts on your season individually so far?

Harry Draper: Personally the season for me this year has gone very well. As a second year scholar I have to lead the side a lot more than previous years. I’ve helped younger players come in from the youth teams and make them feel at home. But my performances have been strong, I’ve been scoring goals. I’ve also experienced the time out on loan with Stratford Town which I’m looking to do after Christmas. My performances aren’t all down to me its my team and without those boys I wouldn’t be able to perform to my best.

Harry Hughes: You’ve won two games in the FA Youth Cup so far. What’s that journey been like?

Harry Draper: Well, against Colchester I started on the bench and sort of given the impact sub role. I came on about 1-1 and I felt like I changed the tempo of the game, changed the intensity. We went up through Dylan’s strike and this led on to us getting a third and from there we just had to see the game out, unfortunately they scored at the end but the win against Colchester was very good for us. Then Exeter I started and that’s when we dominated. First half we just dominated. We played some great football and that was represented in the four goals we scored. Then second half we just had to see the game out, no silly mistakes and now were here where we are today.

Harry Hughes: What’s your thoughts going into the game on Wednesday?

Harry Draper: We’ve never played Bury before. We don’t know much about them. We’ve seen a bit of them but its going to be a new test. They’re going to be a physical side. But we’ve got to keep belief in our side and put trust in my fellow teammates that were good enough to get the win.

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