We’ve had a number of high-profile friendlies against top quality opposition in the pre-season, but our last one was a much lower key affair against Pease Pottage from the County League. One big reason for that choice was that I thought it would be good for team morale if we could go into the competitive season with a big victory under our belts. And we certainly achieved that. We ended up winning 11-1. I liked the ruthlessness we displayed. Some teams would have taken their foot off the pedal when they’d got six or seven, but we kept on going. You have to work hard to score goals at any level, and it wasn’t as if they were just lying down and letting them in. They fought hard all game, and retained their shape, and we had to fight for every goal. The paper had Boothy down as scoring five, though I thought he’d got six. He also hit the bar and a couple of posts. It was a good morale booster, because, as every striker will tell you, they thrive on scoring goals, and he’ll be starting the season in good spirits after that haul. I was pleased for Jamie Cade, too, who got a couple. The pick of the bunch was from Gary Holloway who chipped the goalkeeper with a delicate lob from the edge of the box after a team move that had started at the back.

Everybody’s saying that we’ve got a big squad, but if you looked at our bench for the match you’ll see how precarious things are at this level when you pick up a few injuries. Tom Davis was on the bench despite the fact that he’s suspended for the first couple of league games. Kenno’s a bit behind everyone else after a summer op, Andy Drury and Dale Binns were carrying slight groin strains. On top of that Lewis Hamilton is short-term out of action and Siggy will be out for three or four months after a knee operation. That’s a real blow, and has left us a bit short up front: in fact I’m on the look out for a target man.

Trainings nearly over, next week it's the real thing