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Micky On Opening Pre-Season Victory

11 July 2015

Gaffer Satisfied With Encouraging Start At Market Drayton

Town boss Micky Mellon was delighted to see his team step back onto a football pitch and was encouraged by what he saw during his side’s 6-0 victory over Market Drayton Town.

The gaffer had hoped to field two different teams either side of the break and that proved to be the case, with the second-half side running in six goals without reply.
“It’s important that we get back onto a football pitch as quickly as possible and I think it was an ideal game for us,” said Micky, whose team’s victory ensured they would be playing in the Shropshire Senior Cup Final (date tbc).
“I thought that Market Drayton really played with the right spirit and they never tried to kick us off the pitch and tried to keep playing their football but I think that full-time training told in the end.
“I’m delighted with the both groups that played for 45 minutes. We wanted to make sure we came here and got something out of it and we certainly did.
“We wanted to finish two weeks of hard work with the players getting 45-minutes under their belt and getting used to being on the football pitch again.”

Town were backed by an impressive following for their short journey up the A53 and Micky was delighted they were able to put on a good performance for big crowd.
“We scored some great goals and got up close to the fans which is always important and I’m sure they had a good afternoon being up close to the boys,” Micky added.
“We want to try and continue that momentum from last season and it was great to see so many of them here today and we wanted to make sure we went out and did it properly and pay Market Drayton the respect they deserved and you could see that with the way every one of our players wanted to do everything right.”

And with several new faces involved, including a goal for former Ross County and Doncaster Rovers man Martin Woods, Micky was pleased at how well the team seemed to gel and more importantly, how to a man they showed the right attitude for today’s game.
“We’re very, very new with a new group trying to break them into the existing group from last season but certainly there was a lot of encouragement and a lot of encouraging signs and every one of them can be pleased with their contribution today.
“It’s very, very early and we’ll get better and fitter but certainly there was a lot of pleasing stuff done and of course to score goals at this time of the season is all important for confidence.
“But they did it in the right spirit which was important to know the mentality of the type of group that I’ve got that they went and attacked it in the right way because I’ve been here many times before and it’s not quite gone the way that we’d want it to go but certainly today I couldn’t be happier.”

And with four of the six goals being scored by strikers, including a hat-trick for Scott Vernon, Micky was pleased with how his front-men performed and believed the tough fixtures ahead will improve them even more.
“That’s what they’re (strikers) here to do but all in all a thoroughly satisfying afternoon and we got out of it exactly what we wanted.
“We still have another weeks training to get under our belts but we’ll get fitter and sharper and move into a really difficult week next week which will move the group on even further.”

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