Yeovil Town’s players can expect to have an intense start to pre-season when they travel away to Stratford Town for their opening friendly this weekend.

The Glovers travel to the Step 4 club for the opener with manager Darren Sarll saying he expects all his players to play at least an hour.

Talking to BBC Radio Somerset reporter Sheridan Robins at a recent training session, the boss said: “I’m a little bit different to the general stereotype thinking of pre-season, lots of people do (give players) 45, 60, 75, 90 (minutes each).

“But you can see (from our players) our there that none of them need to just do 45 minutes, they’re all pretty fit, so there will be a good hour, maybe 75 minutes in everyone on Saturday.”

The manager added that he wanted the match at Knight’s Lane to be the start of a winning habit for his squad.

He said: “It will be the start of winning again, there will be no fluff in this pre-season, we want to win all our games as comfortably and thoroughly as possible.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

“If you lose all your pre-season games, does that mean you are going down? No. If you win them all, does that mean you are going up? No.

“But I just want to get those good habits ingrained in to this new group, because there are only six or seven that are still here from last year.

The game will be supporters’ first chance to see new signings including goalkeeper Grant Smith, defenders Mark Little and Jordan Barnett, midfielders Lewis Simper and Charlie Wakefield and welcome back Morgan Williams, who has turned out on loan for the club.

Stratford have confirmed the club bar at Knight’s Lane will be open to both home and away supporters with the club hoping to have a Pie & Pint stand open for the match. It will be located inside the ground near the turnstile entrance.

If you are attending the opening friendly match in Shakespeare country, don’t miss our Ciderspace Away Travel Guide on The Bards – here.

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