PUBLISHED: 14:54 23 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:19 24 May 2010
SPEAKING exclusively to the Weston Football Club website, manager Tony Ricketts gave an insight into his thoughts following his first match in charge, against Coca-Cola Championship side Plymouth Argyle. I was very pleased with our performance. We only l
SPEAKING exclusively to the Weston Football Club website, manager Tony Ricketts gave an insight into his thoughts following his first match in charge, against Coca-Cola Championship side Plymouth Argyle."I was very pleased with our performance. We only lost 1-0. In all fairness to Plymouth, and I wouldn't expect anything else, we were under the cosh a little bit and at times Plymouth were pretty wasteful with their chances and Plymouth should have won four or five nil which probably would have been a true reflection of the game.But for me, it wasn't about the result tonight, it was about players getting at least 45 to 90 minutes underneath their belts and ensuring that the fitness continued to improve so that when we get to August 11th we're firing on all cylinders, so overall really pleased with the effort the lads put it. "We have a healthy squad of players at the moment; going down to run with 16 to 18. We're going down the youthful route, with players who've got something to prove, and that includes the management team as well, but I thought there was some good performances out there. "We've got lots of good footballers, but I think we need a little bit of physical presence as well. We tried to play, we tried to get the ball down. I thought that Matty Hale and Ryan Northmore were outstanding tonight. They were my picks. I thought too that the two strikers, Gareth Hopkins and Lewis Powell, combined well at times too, so for me, it was a good performance."Alan Cooper: "Looking back to the Tetbury game), could you reflect on that game for us?""We fielded a young side at Tetbury. We were 3-0 up at half time, played really well in the first half and then took our foot off the pedal and ended up winning the game 3-2. "In summary, a good first half and not so good second half. Francis Rolli got two goals and Robert Queiros got the other goal. We certainly showed up in the first half, it was just a little disappointing that we allowed our performance to taper off. Dean Grubb and Jason Burt played in that game, they are both only 18 years of age and both have had part of the game tonight." "I'm hoping to tie up a further pre-season match, fairly locally, inside the next 24 hours or so, for next Saturday (July 21), but with home games against Taunton (July 24), Bristol Rovers (28th) and Clevedon Town (away on August 4) that should give me a far better idea as to how we're shaping up and to the bigger picture. We've had two difficult home games, which I was expecting".A comment from a Salisbury City spokesman on Sunday evening was: "The game was very enjoyable as it was not a pointless pre-season exercise, and some good football was played by both sides. Both sides learned something and I suppose the most pointless thing about the afternoon was the result. Have a good season.