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WHITES PLEASED WITH PRE-SEASON

 

Apart from losing 3-2 at Rainworth Miners Welfare at the weekend, Whites’ boss Sam Wilkinson is pleased with the way pre-season has gone for his team.

Defeats against higher league outfits Lincoln City, Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity were anticipated although a 1-0 triumph over local rivals Grantham Town restored confidence at Ashby Avenue.

The 9-1 win at Collingham last week allowed the Whites to play the high-tempo, quick-passing game their manager wants.

United’s final pre-season fixture is at Goole on Saturday, one week before the big kick-off at Chasetown.

Manager Sam Wilkinson said: “Overall I am pleased with how pre-season has gone.

Since the match against Lincoln City we have gradually improved in every game.

As a manager pre-season allows you to learn more about your players.

Because the squad is bigger this year there are players who are fighting that extra bit harder to wear the shirt, which is brilliant for a manager.

Friendly fixtures are all about getting minutes into players’ legs so it’s mainly about fitness.

We want to reach the fitness level needed for our first match in the league.

In pre-season means strikers still want goals, defenders and keepers want to keep clean sheets and midfielders want to create and score.

I look back when I played and I enjoyed the pressure attached of wanting to make the team. It pushed me that little bit further.

It’s up to the lads to give us a selection headache and for them to force their way into the team.

The size of our squad will definitely push the regulars and also the fringe players to get into the side.”

Experienced striker Sean Cann knows all about the benefits of pre-season and what it means to him as a player.

He said: “The first few sessions are always going to be hard and the first matches proved to be very difficult against higher-league opposition.

On the horizon the first league game of the season is looming and so there’s an air of excitement building up at the club as the new campaign approaches.

Every player is fighting to wear the shirt in the opening game and everyone feels he has a chance of being in the starting eleven.

I know I can play from the start or make an impact from the bench.

But to be in the starting eleven is something we all want to achieve.”

Next up Goole Town (a) Saturday 5th August KO 3pm

Peter Hayward

sportslinc@hotmail.com

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