Ilkley's Tom Fleming chats to Evan Seaman about his best moments of the 2019/20 campaign and his targets for next season.

As the 2019/20 season has ended a bit sooner than expected,
what’s been your favourite moment of the campaign?

 

There are two moments that stand out. First was our away win
at Headingley early in the season. We were poor for most of the game. Down to
10 men and losing 1 nil. But we managed to turn the game around in the last 5
minutes to win 2-1. It showed a lot of character to stay in the game and turn
it around late on. Second game was beating Horsforth St Margaret’s at their
place in the District Cup. We started the game poorly again. But managed to
dominate the second half to win 4-1. Most of their team played for Leeds City
the year before, so it felt brilliant to beat them comfortably. 

Are you pleased to have got 11 goals for the Ilkley Town in
all competitions this season?

Yes, pleased. I’d have liked to have beaten my tally from
last season but I’m still happy with 11 goals, especially with us not being
able to fully complete the season. 

 

With you being one of the more experienced players in the
team, have you been able to give the younger players tips?

 

I’m not exactly the most vocal in the squad so I’m not sure
if I’m the person the younger lads look to for advice and tips. But I do try to
give advice and encourage them on the pitch. Personally, I try lead by the
effort I put in and hope that sets a good example to the younger lads. 

 

How do you feel the club have fared on and off the field
over the course of the campaign?

 

It’s hard to judge the season as a whole with everything
that’s going on. But I definitely felt like we were on course to win something
this year. The squad has a really good blend of youth and experience. Still in
three cups and looking likely of finishing in the top 2 or 3 in the league, so
we’ve got to be really happy about that and build on it next year. 

 

Who would be your player of the season?

 

It’s between two for me. Harry Brown and Tom Smith. Harry is
top class and makes us all better around him. We wouldn’t create anywhere near
the same amount of chances without him. But it is hard to ignore Smithy’s goals
this year, I think he had 30 before the season was stopped. He’s stepped up and
scored a lot of big goals this year. I’m just hoping he can get his head around
the offside rule over the summer and get me a few more assists next year. 

 

And finally, do you have any targets for next season?

 

Depends on what league we are in. But winning something is
my main target and that won’t change. I don’t have many more years left in me
so I would love to win something with Ilkley before I stop playing.