After nearly 64 days Poynton FC finally kick of their 2020/21 season as pre-season comes to an end.
On July 4th the new management team of Jon Hudson and Andy Williams took charge for the first pre-season session and since then the team has taken shape for the new kick off.
“It’s been hectic but I have to say the lads have been magnificent, the majority of the squad have been at most sessions and the effort levels have been better than any season I’ve been involved with” said Hudson.
The 44-year-old takes charge of his first competitive game this weekend when Poynton travel to Northwich to take on Lostock Gralam and he is looking forward to the start of the new season.
“I had three brilliant seasons with the Reserves, each season we may improvements and now as manager I am seeing the benefits on that hard work” he added.
Hudson has promoted eight players from his Reserve team squad last season and in the First team squad contains sixteen players who played for Hudson in the Reserve Team over the past three years.
The pre-season campaign has been frustrating at times with several players leaving. “We’ve lost some good lads in pre-season, it’s been extremely disappointing with some circumstances out of our control but we have to move on.”
Poynton have added several new faces to the squad, former players Adam Rigby and Mikey Rattle have re-joined and two midfielders in former Liverpool junior Jack Melville and Ben Jackson from Whaley Bridge have also signed with the manager hoping to add another in the next few weeks.
“We didn’t need a major overhaul, we wanted to promote and utilise the players at the club. We are close to adding another and we have one more space in the squad that we hope to fill soon. The lads have worked hard and we are all looking forward to getting the season started” said Hudson.
Pre-season saw a mixed bag of results, victory over Stockport Georgians and Mellor FC, draws with Macclesfield Town EDS and Vulcan with defeats in their final two games against Old Alts and Dukinfield Town.
Hudson though was pleased with the overall pre-season campaign. “Results simply don’t matter, the performances, the fitness and the individual player roles are what we work on. We’ve pushed the lads and they’ve worked hard to take on board new ideas and we all now want to start the season.”