The North West Counties Football League
Published 2nd August 2012
.....club Bootle on Saturday knowing there will be no shortage of goals this season.
But the new man in the hot-seat at the Delta Taxis Stadium admits to having concerns about the Bucks' defensive form during their summer warm-up games.
Prince has told the squad that they must show total concentration at the weekend when they begin their campaign at Congleton Town.
The former Southport player, in his first managerial role, believes Bootle are good enough to be challenging for the title, and only promotion place this season, but is refusing to make any bold predictions at this stage. Asked if his side were ready, Prince said: "Definitely.
“There have been a lot more positives than negatives during pre-season.
"We certainly haven't got a problem scoring goals.
“The team is creating a lot of chances and we will convert a high percentage of them.
"But during pre-season we have been conceding a lot of goals because of individual mistakes.
“But we have to take into account that pre-season is a bit false. Players don't concentrate 100% of the time so I'm not too worried about it but we will need to defend tighter as a team come Saturday."
He added: "Congleton away is a tough game for us.
"When we played there last year, the first half was probably some of the best football we had played all season.
“But at half-time, the lads thought the game was won but they came back at us. It was a lot closer than it should have been.
"I expect every game to be tough this season and cannot take anyone lightly because there are some really good teams in the league. But I am more interested in what we do."
Prince has not made major changes to the squad from last season but has promoted four players from the youth side into the senior squad.
And the player-manager insists he is ready to throw the youngsters in at the deep end if necessary.
"We've got the same squad of players from last season pretty much with four lads from the youth team coming in," Prince said.
"They have done tremendously well and we are not scared of using them. They are in the squad on merit and Billy Smart is only 17 but looks like he has been playing at this level for years. All the lads are really confident and are putting pressure on the older players."