We have had a chat with club skipper Gary Chappell to see how things are beginning to look as the new season begins in just over 10 days time.
First up we asked ‘Chaps’ about how the pre-season period has gone so far:
“Pre-season hasn’t been the best preparation or what I quite envisaged. I can’t fault the commitment of the players as a whole, but we’ve only had one warm-up game when other clubs have had three, and everyone is a bit rusty.
That said, we’ll work hard til the season starts in earnest and have added an extra training session each week.” [The 1st XI are currently training on a Tuesday and a Thursday]
Next up we asked what the skipper’s early impression is of our new resident Australian – Matt [Foster].
“Matt looks a very good player. He didn’t have the best debut [in the game at Heathcoat], but that’s cricket and we all have bad days.
Plus, it was only a friendly and I know there’s more to come from him! From what we’ve seen we are confident he’ll do very well this year and are excited to watch him play!”
The defeat at Heathcoat was a heavy one, what are your thoughts on the game at Knightshayes?
“It was our first game and we were playing one of the better sides in the league. We were very rusty and there were still plenty of positives to take from the day.
The result seemed worse than it was due to Jackson [Thompson] having one of his days and I’m glad we’ve suffered that in just a friendly! “
Finally we asked the skipper about his thoughts on this coming weekend’s Sunday fixture at home to Torquay.
“Torquay will be a great test and preparation before we meet them the following week in the first league game.
They’re a very competitive side and will bring a strong side, so it’ll be very useful to get closer to where we want to be.”
Thanks for that skipper – and the best of luck for the season ahead.