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Hallam & FC Bolsover manager’s Preview their big opening game

The Bootiful Game welcomes back Hallam’s Three Amigos who, on Saturday will look to build on last season’s fine 8th place in Toolstation NCEL Division One when they head to Langwith Road and an opening day encounter with last season’s Division One survivors, FC Bolsover, writes Colin Muncie.

Joint Manager Steven Whitehead is under no illusions as to the size of the task in Derbyshire.” A massive opener to start the season” he told us, adding “hopefully we will come through and I hope it will kick start our season off in the right way.”

Joint Manager Scott Bates admits that he and his players will be taking leap into the unknown at Bolsover “We have one last training session on Thursday, then the season starts” he explained “ I haven’t being paying much attention to other clubs, all my thoughts have been on us and looking at ways to try and improve and give us the best chance possible for this season. Obviously we have Bolsover on Saturday and we will go into the game like we would anybody.”

“We don’t know much about them” Scott confessed. It’s a bit of the unknown with a new manager, but they have our full respect, and we will give it our best shot”.

It sounds like assistant Manager Dean Bamforth has had a good break. He’s up and at ‘em, and couldn’t resist a dig at the money men and the officials even before a ball has been kicked!!!

“It’s been hectic again but we’ve recruited a few players whom we’re delighted with” Dean reported “ We try to be under the radar a bit ,rather than shouting from the rooftops- I don’t understand all that. We’ve also lost a couple which annoyed us but it’s football and the lure of big money is not us”.

Dean hasn’t been totally satisfied by the Countrymen’s pre-season “It’s been a little frustrating during preseason through holidays and work commitments but -barring one horror show- we’ve been decent. I’m looking forward now to the start of the season and also the circus that comes with it!”

“I hope the officials have been on refresher courses as well!!! Keep up the great work guys.”

A warm Bootiful Game welcome to FC Bolsover’s new Manager, Matt Chatfield. He’s had a busy few summer weeks in charge at Langwith Road but he’s ready for the starting gun on Saturday. “Pre-season is now complete and it’s that time of the year that every manager can’t wait for, the start of the season” Matt recorded in his programme notes. “There will be twists and turns until the final day, of course, but the season is upon us and we cannot wait to get started”

Recent weeks have seen more of a reconstruction than a makeover for at Bolsover as Matt explains.

“Our pre-season has been slow, as we have had to recruit near enough a whole new squad” he said. We wanted to give everyone a fair chance at being part of the new FC Bolsover and the project we are all building”.

“Heading into our first game of pre-season, away at Rainworth Miners Welfare FC with a brand new starting eleven, all we wanted from the game was minutes under the belt of as many players as possible.” Matt went on, “From the start of pre-season to our final game with Shirebrook Town FC Reserves, we have seen a dramatic improvement in performance and most importantly, style of play”.

All in all Jake (Henry, Assistant Manager) and I, along with the rest of the management team, are happy with how we are progressing”

Matt is wary of Saturday’s visitors “We know a good start today and a good start to the season is just what we need” he admitted “Hallam FC are very tough opposition to begin our season against, they have been in the league many years and have some great technical players who can change a game by themselves. We have to be prepared mentally and physically for the challenge today.”

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