Wealdstone have Nigel Clough to thank for their latest wingman speedster.
Scott McCubbin has caught the eye down the right flank since arriving at The Vale over the summer. However, the former Chelsea youth revealed he was a central midfield player until his stint with the former England international Clough at Burton Albion which transformed him into a terrorizer of full-backs.
McCubbin: “I owe my wing play to Nigel Clough, he was very insistent, somewhat unconventionally maybe, that even when the ball was on the left hand side I stayed as wide as I could on the right and just let the game open up. I found an extra couple of yards from somewhere and it has kind of stuck with me. I’m never going to be a guy who stops, stands someone up and throws a few step overs, so when I get it I’ve got to be direct and try and use my pace.”
The soon to be 25-year-old’s adjustment to the physical nature of the Ryman League is probably due to the two years spent playing out in the United States doing his Masters in Business Studies.The North Americans and Canadians are all big, strong fit athletes so the transition to playing here has been fine” he added. However, the man who picked up a silver medal playing for British Universities at the World Student Games last month claims Wealdstone must stick to their passing style of football instead of getting drawn into physical contests like Monday’s win over Leatherhead.
McCubbin: “Pre-season in games like Wycombe we played some great stuff and we have definitely got the ability to do that. No disrespect to teams like Leatherhead, but they are going to come and try and spoil the game to get a result that is just what is going to happen. I think the key is not getting brought down to their level and to try and stick to the things you are good at, keep moving the ball and pick teams apart.”
Article first appeared in Harrow Observer