Yeovil Town defender Morgan Williams has said his focus is entirely on the team’s ambition of getting promoted back to the National League this season.

The 24-year-old, who has kept 14 clean sheets this season as part of the Glovers’ backline, turned down the opportunity to play for England C in their 1-0 defeat against Wales on Tuesday night.

Speaking about the decision on Thursday, he said: “A lot of thought went in to it, but I think it was the right decision. I have got to focus on the target we set at the start of the season and that was to get promoted and that was why I made the decision I did. My family sent me some responses and I am thankful that the fans can see I am trying to do something right for the club. I was in a bit of an awkward situation last year with us getting relegated, and I want to help the club get back to the National League.

Williams’ pairing alongside Jake Wannell, who arrived in the summer from Taunton Town, has been a major feature in the club’s success this season which sees them sitting seven points clear at the top of National League South.

The centre half described this campaign as his “best by far” having spent his previous campaigns at Huish Park in a variety of positions including left back, right back and even filling in as a defensive midfield player.

On his partnership with Wannell, he said: “He’s a great guy and a great defender and we have worked really hard to get a bond. The staff have really helped with that as well and given us the belief and confidence to keep pushing on and hopefully we will get more clean sheets. He is winning at the moment, but I am hoping I can get a few and help the team out which is the main focus. We have a laugh about it, but the main focus has been winning a game.

I have not really had that opportunity to concentrate on building a partnership, I have not really played centre half in the three years I have been here. I have been right back, left back or just filled in where I am needed, but it is really good the manager has trusted Wans and I to build that connection and I think we have done quite well so far.

The partnership between Williams and Wannell has been a key part of success this season. Picture courtesy of Gary Brown.

The Glovers travel to third-placed Braintree Town this weekend to face a side which has not lost in league action since New Year’s Day, looking to pick up a win on the road having picked up three points just once in their last six matches.

Williams said: “Every team we play against gives 110%. We have played Welling twice and they beat us twice and they play 150% higher. You watch them against other teams and they do not play like that. So every team is going to give it their all against us because we are top of the league and the best team in the league, so we just have take it game by game. We have to respect Braintree, they are doing really well, but we have just got to do our best on Saturday.

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