A sixth successive pre-season victory for the Nailers on Saturday sees their game time preparations for the new season come to an end.
A powerful header from Colin Marrison ensured the Nailers get ready for the visit of Newcastle Town this weekend (3pm) in a healthy state of mind.
Manager Peter Duffield was pleased with his team’s pre-season, but is looking for a better beginning to the campaign than last time out.
“What cost us last season was the start. It’s not that we weren’t playing well, we just weren’t getting enough wins on the table to match our performance level. I am confident we can start better.
“Newcastle will be a very tough game and they’ll be well organised, but they’ll be just as worried about us beating them. The most important thing is the players’ mentality, they’re ready to get up and running now and they’re all vying for their place”.
The Nailers achieved a third place finish last season, and will be hoping to go one better this time round.
“We can’t just accept that we want to have a decent season, we want to be up there challenging like last season.
“The league will be more difficult, the quality will have improved and more teams will be pushing for the top places, so we’re going to need to be on top of our game in order to achieve what we’re setting out to do”.
The manager was also pleased his players were able to get through the final game with no new injury concerns. We’ve achieved top fitness this pre-season. Everybody was fit and well and that’s a positive sign.
“Fortunately for Dan White, he just landed awkwardly on his elbow, and we anticipate he will be absolutely fine after an initial scare he may have damaged his arm. he players know that the team that played on Saturday will more than likely be the team to start against Newcastle, but that is never set in stone. Every player has performed well and it’s left me with a good headache to deal with”.
The Nailers will be looking to record their first opening day win since 2009, when they ran out 3-0 winners over Willenhall Town.
It’s sure to be a high tempo game as both teams will be looking to get early points on the board.