Northwich Victoria come to Maesdu Park for the first game of pre-season

Northwich Victoria come to Maesdu Park for the first game of pre-season

By Geraint Roberts
5 July
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Llandudno will be looking to kick off pre-season in a positve manner as they host North West Counties League outfit Northwich Victoria.


The main thing for us is that we get to see the team together as a group for the first time, which is going to be really interesting
Matty Jones

Speaking in training last night, manager Matty Jones is really excited to see how his new squad will perform on Saturday.

"The main thing for us is that we get to see the team together as a group for the first time, which is going to be really interesting."

"We've had six sessions now and we're ready for the game, we've been working a little bit on how we want to play this season and the lads have taken that on board."

"I know the players and I've worked with them for the past three weeks and it's now about seeing how we take those individual abilities and techniques and how we can fit that into an eleven that can perform on the pitch."

The squad has completely changed from last year with only Danny Hughes and Shaun Pearson remain from the senior team.

Matty has said that they are going to be really important players this season, but says there's plenty of other lads in the squad who know what it takes to play foro this club.

"There's so many crucial factors that Danny and Shaun will bring, they both played here last season in the Welsh Premier League, Danny has been here for years and Shaun is a local lad and has so much experience in this league."

"These lads understand and know what it takes to perform at this level and know what it takes to win the league. They're going to be really key."

"But you look at the other lads too who are coming back to the club that have been here before and understand the ethos of the football club, people like Seags, Robbie, Bryan and Joe Carey - they're not strangers to the place and that rubs off to the players that are coming from the outside.

The league campaign kicks off on August the 16th, and Matty thinks the league is going to be really competitive.

"I had a look at the fixture list and thought, right let's go and look for the easy fixtures... and there is none."

"It's the most competitive league in Welsh football for me and I think every team has strengths and I honestly believe everybody can beat everybody."

"For me, our aim this year is to recruit the players which is what we've done, and recruited a type. I knew what I wanted and I've gone out and got that. Now it's to get them playing attractive football and as a unit."

"We want to get the processes right that will eventually then lead to the positive results and that is the aim. I'm really happy with how things are going so far, and then we will see the results on the pitch as those processes start taking hold."

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