Manford Way manager James Imber ‘delighted’ with pre-season

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 July 2017

James Imber (Pic: Manford Way FC)

James Imber (Pic: Manford Way FC)


Manford Way manager James Imber is refusing to get carried away with pre-season results.

Captain Suley Zuhdu in action for Manford Way FC (Pic: Manford Way FC)Captain Suley Zuhdu in action for Manford Way FC (Pic: Manford Way FC)

The boss will not let his young side get carried with recent impressive results saying that he intends to keep his players feet firmly on the ground.

The Hainault-based side has won all three games in their pre-season schedule, but notable performances against Step Five Essex Senior League opposition Waltham Forest and Hullbridge Sports have got people talking how far this crop of players can go on this season.

“I’m delighted with the start we’ve had in pre season, but the most important thing for me is that we get minutes in the bank for fitness purposes and we manage to come through games without sustaining any injuries to the squad,” he said.

“Nothing is won in pre-season and it’s important our end goal is to be as physically and as much mentally prepared as possible ready for the season to start in August.”

The Essex Olympian Premier side will be looking at challenging for honours this season with notable signings of of Reece Tranter returning from Basildon United and retaining captain and Grays Athletic target Suley Zuhdu.

“My biggest job for the summer was retain most of the players that finished the season with me in May.

“We didn’t have a settled squad at the start of last season due to many players moving onto clubs in higher divisions and that showed in results.

“When we eventually did settle down in February, March time we looked like our old selves.

“Thankfully this summer we’ve accomplished keeping all the players I wanted here and we’ve added new players and some familiar faces to make us even stronger.

“There’s still a month to go for the start of our season and a few players I still need to look at in games who have been away on holiday or had work commitments.

“By that time we would have got through looking at close to 30 players in games and obviously we need to shred that down to 18 to give us a competitive squad for the new season.”

Manford Way take on Billericay Town’s under-23s at the James Hornsby School in Laindon this evening.

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