Hatred of pre-season is normally the preserve of players - but Holbeach United boss John Chand has waded in to make his feelings known too.
“If I’m honest I hate the matches”, he claimed after seeing his side lose 3-2 at Eynesbury Rovers on Tuesday night. “They’re very disjointed and there’s often no urgency.
“Maybe it will be different when we play Wisbech (away, next Thursday) because we know a few of their lads.”
Chand checked out a few triallists on Tuesday and gave Reserve keeper Adam Kirk 45 minutes.
A big plus was Wes Lewis getting 90 minutes as his return from injury continues.
Another positive was new striker Robbie Harris and Andrew Tidswell both scoring and looking like developing a good understanding.
In fact, Harris could have snatched a draw for the Tigers but his late penalty came back off a post.
Eynesbury’s surface is superb and with their team boasting half a dozen players with Biggleswade Town in the Southern League last season, for all his disdain about pre-season matches, Chand still saw it as a useful exercise.
Other than the trip to Wisbech, the Tigers host Boston United on Saturday week (1pm), entertain Bedford Town on Tuesday, July 31 (7.45pm) and play the reverse fixture on the following Saturday.
Chand will use that final game on a great surface at Bedford to field the team he’ll want to start with at Arnold Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round tie on August 11.