Newark Town manager plans precise pre-season fixtures as he prepares for Central Midlands League test
Luke Parsons has set his Newark Town side a tough task in pre-season as the Blues face seven sides from higher divisions.
Town will again play in the Central Midlands League North Division, which features the addition of two new clubs — St Joseph’s Rockware of Works and Boynton Sports.
Parsons again expected the likes of Retford United, Collingham and Dinnington Town to cause problems for his side and said he had planned accordingly.
“In pre-season we have tried to be crafty with our fixtures,” he said.
“Obviously we wanted to play a few teams from a higher level and we wanted a local derby to try and replicate that Collingham game. That is why Southwell City is on the list.
“We wanted to play a rough side who will compete physically how Retford did last season, and we see Brigg Town as that team.
“And we also wanted a footballing side, so we are playing Armthorpe Welfare away, who we played last pre-season. They were very good on the ball.”
The Blues were interlocked in a title race with Dinnington Town before the season was made null and void during lockdown, and Parsons said he believed he had a stronger squad this time around.
“We have lost George Asplin (pictured) to Lincoln United and Steven Carty is retiring, so we have lost two, but the majority were happy to stay and are pretty much signed on,” he said.
“We have had around ten new lads to have a look at, and we have signed three of them.”
Parsons said he believed his squad will again be a tight-knit group.
“You can bring players in left, right and centre, but if you don’t have team spirit you are missing out because that can sometimes win you games alone,” he said.