Blue Square Bet
Published 17th July 2011
....forthcoming season in the Blue Square Bet North.
Drury currently has around twenty-five players at his disposal but wants to trim the squad down to seventeen or eighteen after Monday night’s trip to St Neots Town.
That`s because Saturday’s Bob Cummings Cup game with neighbours S&L was called off in the end because of torrential rain.
The Steelmen lost their opening pre-season game at Coalville Town in midweek but Drury was pleased with what he saw from some of his new players, notably James Ozmen, Tom Land, Matt Rhead and Jordan Smith.
But other more well-known names like Phil Gulliver, Andy Hall, Paul Mayo, Leon Hibbert and Andy Burgess did not travel to Coalville Town and are instead likely to be involved on Monday.
But while the core of the squad is probably already in place in Drury’s mind, that does not mean he is not open to changing his opinions if a player impresses in the next couple of games.
“I think everyone needs to go out in these next couple of games to try and impress because they know the squad has got to be cut down after St Neots,” said Drury.
“Maybe that might lead to some of them trying to do things with the ball that they shouldn’t do, as was the case at Coalville with one or two.
“But at the same time, you cannot fault players for trying because they all want to be part of the squad and they are all working hard to achieve that.
“For me, it’s about looking at areas and I’ll be looking at various things at St Neots and seeing who I think best fits in with my plans.
“We haven’t got much time, so everyone needs to hit the ground running if they want to be part of the squad.”