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By Tony Walsh

Squad settling in

Paulton Rovers have their first pre season friendly on Wednesday 10 July at Ashton & Backwell kick off 7-30 pm then on Saturday 13 July they travel to Bridgend the home of Welsh Premier League side Penybont kick off 2-00 p.m.

Then on Friday 19th July the first home game sees a strong Bristol Rovers U23's side come to Winterfield Road kick off 7.30 p.m.

Former captain Dale Evans, who had agreed to sign for another season decide to seek pasture knew and join Larkhall Athletic sighting several issues one of which was money.

Manager John Rendell has seen a number of players from last season commit to Rovers through the summer but have since moved on (joys of the semi pro circuit these days)!

Ben Withey, Liam Monelle and Adam Forster opted to play at a higher level.
Trey Anderson had issues with the travelling and moved to a club closer to home.
Dale Evans was for financial reasons.

Last season we under achieved and it was clear that individuals didn’t have the hunger and desire to perform regularly at required levels, hence the lowly finish.

So far, the pre-season programme has been tough and the lads have really settled in well and enjoying the sessions. With such a turnaround of personnel, we are ultra-keen for the lads to bond and get to know each-other and the sessions and matches we have planned will help quickly gel the group together.

Our Sports Therapist Jack Benden has been working on the lads fitness levels and has noticed an immediate impact in most. Player/Coach Kye Mountford and assistant manager Paul Tovey have also put the lads through their paces, giving the sessions a good blend with football related fitness along with the fitness aspect.

It’s not an enjoyable time of year for players but it’s imperative they buy into the session plan and also do their own bits away from the club.

New signings Joe Perry, Craig Allen, Braeden Symes, Brad Abrahams, Ben Bament and Ed Butcher have all settled into the club really well along with the lads retained from last season including the young prospects stepping up from the thriving youth set up. I envisage one or two further signings to be added to the group before the season kicks off on the 17 August to strengthen key areas.

The league fixtures are due to be announced at 10-00 a.m. on Friday 12 July with the FA Cup draw awaited.

Updated 10:55 - 11 Jul 2019 by Tony Walsh

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