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Basingstoke Town manager Jason Bristow's weekly column
6:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
WELCOME to the start of a new season. It has been a long pre-season and we are glad the competitive games have started.
Firstly I would like to welcome the new players – Louis Wells, Adam Green, Neil Barrett, Robbie Matthews, Kezie Ibe and Andrew Jenkinson – to the club.
They have settled in well and already shown what a good influence they will have on our already strong squad of players.
Pre-season was a mixed bag of results but ultimately we had many positives from the games and used them to try various things out that we are looking to implement.
We have used this pre season to try and change our style of play a bit, trying to keep better possession of the ball and create chances and opportunities by moving the opposition around.
There have been games where this has worked a treat and a couple where it hasn’t.
The final few games were really about trying to find the balance and being able to mix our play up a bit.
Being able to enter into the other team’s half whilst in controlled possession of the ball obviously has many benefits but, of course, there are many games where other factors will dictate to the way games are played, so it’s important we have options and can vary our style.
With this in mind, I have made Wes Daly captain.
Wes is someone that is very important to the way we are trying to play, very intelligent and will lead the team by example.
He is vocal on the pitch, has a great work ethic, which sometimes goes unnoticed, and a lot of respect from the players.
With two wins in our first two games, we have to be pleased with the points, although we know we can perform better than we did in those two games.
It’s always tough playing newly promoted teams and the players deserve credit for the results.
This Saturday we host league favourites Eastleigh.
We know it’s going to be a tough game and we will have to play better to get the points but the players are confident and in a good frame of mind.
The support on Tuesday was terrific. I hope you all return to cheer the lads on this Saturday.
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