“I’ve got three teams in my head, so I’m looking forward to getting going tonight before our final session before the game and see who wants to be in that starting line-up and we’ll go from there.”
Alan, give us your thoughts on pre-season and how satisfied you are with the levels the players are at?
I’m really pleased it’s been a good pre-season, the lads have had good minutes against good sides and now the real stuff is starting and we’ll soon find out where we’re at Saturday afternoon. We’ve played against really good opposition this year and had some really good games and that will hopefully put us in good stead for a hard campaign.
With the introduction of Shaun Cavanagh, Ryan Edwards, Toby Jones and Sam Ilesanmi to the forward line along with current players Marc Williams, Lee Thomas and Owain Jones, how do you intend to manage them all and keep morale high?
It’s nice to have good players in the forward positions and everyone now will need to perform when they’re picked because we’ll have good players who are able to come in and take their place, the competition for places will be high all over the pitch this season which is a nice headache to have.
You’ve done a lot of business this pre-season, are you happy with how the window has gone and how the new signings have settled in?
Yes, I’m really happy, if the window shut tonight I’d be a happy man. We’ve still got days to go so I’m always looking to improve and keep everyone on their toes. Everyone has settled in and the team spirit is good and hopefully it will still be good Saturday evening.
Is there anything you’ve implemented this season in particular to try and improve on last year?
We always look to improve, last season we didn’t score enough goals, hopefully I’ve brought players in now to put that right as we weren’t a million miles way last year, it often came down to just putting that ball in the net more. We only needed to win one game that we drew in Phase One and we would have been in the top six and everyone would have had a different perception on our season.
What’s your personal target for this season and do you assign any individual targets to the players?
Target for the season is to improve on last season. Everyone knows it’s going to be a really tough league this year, the top four is pretty much decided but the next eight teams could end up in any position.
With the introduction of Prestatyn and Barry Town this season would you say this is arguably one of the most unpredictable WPL Seasons you’ve seen?
Yes definitely, every WPL season is hard but it looks like it’s getting harder and harder, the teams coming up now are really strong, Prestatyn have been in the league before and Barry are back from their heyday so it makes for an entertaining season for the neutral.
Who would you say is the surprise package this season in the league?
Prestatyn will be the surprise package, they will have the momentum with them from last season, and they’ve virtually got the same squad to maintain it. They’re coming in to the league knowing how to win games.
Two days away from the first game of the season, do you have a starting line-up in your head at this stage?
I’ve got three teams in my head, so I’m looking forward to getting going tonight before our final session before the game and see who wants to be in that starting line-up and we’ll go from there.
Is it nice to be starting the season at home as opposed to away?
It’s nice to kick off at home yeah, everyone looks forward to the first game really no matter if it’s home or away but being at home is nice, we all can’t wait and the fans can help have a say by working with us and getting behind us, we all need to be positive now and head together in the same direction. It’s good we can fill a coach for away games which not many teams in the league can do, so I’m looking forward to travelling the country with our fans again this year.
And finally Carmarthen Town first up, what sort of game are you expecting to kick the season off?
A very hard game, Carmarthen did really well last season finishing in the top six and they’ll be looking to do the same this season, they’re a hard team to play against home or away because Mark Aizlewood will have his team setup to be difficult to beat. I hope that people from Llandudno and in and around come and support us through what will be a very hard season ahead, and get themselves, friends, and family through the gate and get behind the club.
Llandudno vs Carmarthen Town
Updated 19:45 - 10 Aug 2017 by Sam Williams
The Giant Hospitality Stadium
Saturday 12th August
2.30pm Kick Off