The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 31st July 2012
....encouraged by the performance of his side on Saturday as they held Southern Premier Division big spenders Arlesey Town to a 1-1 draw at Bell Close.
With a handful of first-team regulars from last season missing, Wells said he was delighted to see strength in depth from his team just three weeks before their campaign kicks-off with a trip to AFC Hayes.
Leon Simpson fired the home side in front, but after having a man sent off for what Wells described as a ‘foul that would have seen the guy arrested if he had done it on the street’ Arlesey hit back to equalise and earn a draw.
“We were very well organised,” said Wells. “We started slowly, but the lads soon got their football legs back and we played well against a good side. We maybe gave them a little bit too much respect early on.
“We’ve only conceded an equaliser from an individual mistake from Jake Bewley, but he held his hands up and played like a world beater afterwards.
“All in all it was a great runout for the guys. It was the most organised we’ve been in pre-season and we’re starting to get into the swing of things.”
Town are back in action away to New Bradwell St Peter in Milton Keynes on Tuesday night, before sending a team to play at AFC Dunstable on Wednesday. A busy week then ends with a game against Aylesbury United – who groundshare at Bell Close – on Saturday.
“We’ll play two different starting 11s on Tuesday and Wednesday night,” said Wells. “Those who don’t play will train.
“The squad is starting to take shape now. The idea is to add some strength in depth to what we had last season.
“We always knew we weren’t going to get a bigger budget, so it has always been a case of trying to get some extra bodies in and we’re going that.
“The old school players from last year will be signed up and we’re still hoping to get a couple of other things done before the season starts, adding some strength in depth.