Some talking points ahead of tomorrows game from mens first team Manager Dan Brownlie.
It seems like forever since we last prepared for a game. Finally we look forward to a match day tomorrow afternoon when we host North Greenford over at Winklebury. I’ve no doubt like the players and management team alike – Basingstoke supporters are looking forward to getting back out there and seeing some much anticipated live action.
Whilst we are still very much in the early stages of pre-season – things are going well. The boys have looked after their bodies since our last competitive game a number of months ago and it’s so far so good. Admittedly, we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but the boys know that and they get enjoyment out of working hard as a unit. They hold each other accountable and have high expectations not just of themselves but for each other – and that creates a great environment from which to work from.
We’ve got a number of new faces, some who have already committed who I’ve no doubt will be announced over the coming days, and some we are looking at to see how they fit into the group. In terms of recruitment, a lot of the hard work was carried out last season, we will of course be bringing in some fresh blood to replace what’s gone but also some new faces helps freshen things up a little.
Complacency is not an option. In truth, we have nothing to get complacent about. Yes, we are entering the season off the back of a relatively good, albeit incomplete, season and we can take confidence from that, but it doesn’t mean much. The change of league has shone a real light on that point – there are some terrific teams in this new league and we’re going to have to be at it every single game to get anything out of them. I trust this group of players to do that and most importantly, they trust each other.
We’re all really looking forward to tomorrow. There is an excitement about the return of football, and with season ticket sales going well – we’re all hoping for a rejuvenated interest in our club, particularly with some of the nonsense that’s been going on at the elite end of the game. If there was ever a moment to give non-league football a try, this is it. We hope as many of you can get down to see the boys tomorrow afternoon in what should be a real celebration of togetherness after a very difficult period for everyone.
Look forward to seeing you all then.
Basingstoke host North Greenford in a 2pm Kick Off at Winklebury, Tickets can be bought online or at the entrance gate.