FootballCV Academy head coach Grant Brown full of optimism after first outing
FootballCV Academy travelled to St Neots Town for their first pre-season outing on Friday and head coach Grant Brown was encouraged by what he saw.
After coming together for the first time earlier in the week, the Academy's 2016/17 side played four sets of 30 minutes, winning one, losing one, and drawing two. Taking the amount of preparation time into account, Brown, who is in his first season in charge, was full of praise.
“To get a group of players playing after just three training sessions and to perform how they did was very pleasing,” he said.
“There were some strong individual performances, and some good pieces of combination play and team structures. There’s a lot of talent there to work with.
“It was great to get them straight into a match situation, it's good for their focus. If they know they’ve got a game, it gives players something to work for and a reason to train well in the build-up.
“We had to be careful not to give players too long on the field this early on, we didn’t want any muscle fatigue injuries, but this was a great opportunity to get out on the pitch and play.
“We had a large squad to select from, the extended game allowed us to get more players more game time and look at a few players in a number of different positions.”
Brown, the former Lincoln City defender, was particularly delighted with the defensive efforts, as the Academy kept three clean sheets from the four periods.
“We managed to keep clean sheets in three of the 30-minute sessions and finished strongly with a 2-0 win.
“The only team shape we’d worked on before the game was in defence, so to see the fruits of that so early was really positive, they showed the desire to do what we’d asked them to do.”
Brown's men now look forward to Wednesday when they play their first National League Youth Alliance fixture at home to Maltby Main.
The head coach believes his side can take a lot of positives from their first showing, and he has high hopes for their first competitive match.
“We can go into the Maltby Main game with confidence. We’ll reap the benefits from Friday’s time on the pitch, it’ll be beneficial and the boys will be looking forward to it.
“We go into it full of optimism, and if the boys show the same work ethic they have so far, we’ll be fine.”