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Saturday, July 07, 2018

We’ve Got Some Good Versatility This Year Said Beadle

Pete Beadle was pleased with the outcome of today's 5-0 win at Pegasus as his side kicked off their preseason schedule.

It gave him a chance to have a better look at the four trialists that played a part in the game, as well as his new signings.

Beadle said: "We didn't want to pick up any injuries, we wanted a good 45 minutes minimum out of everyone which we've had. Some are ahead of where we want them to be, some are a little bit behind where we thought they'd be, but it's all part and parcel of the first game of the preseason.

"They never let us down here at Pegasus, the pitch it always good. It's been a tough summer as it's been really dry the last few weeks, they've kept it as green as they have done and it's in good nick.

"We've got one or two still unavailable, so that meant we had to be careful how we put them as to not overuse them too much. We changed second half to go three at the back, we looked pretty comfortable and we've got some good versatility this year."

There was only one knock picked up during the game, where Eliot Richards rolled his ankle in a challenge, but it's not thought to be much to worry about.

"Really pleased with the fact that we've only come away with one little niggle and the rest of the lads will be a little bit tight after today, but they'll be ready for Tuesday.

"He just got caught in the challenge and rolled his ankle, precautionary we took him off, I think had it been a league game he would've stayed on. 

"We don't need to take any risks at the moment so we'll see how he settles down, if he's not quite right we'll give him a rest on Tuesday and get him back for training on Thursday."

Calvin Dinsley was the player to don the captain's armband during the first half, but Beadle said that this isn't a sign of what's to come. But as for the trialists, including keeper Marco Radovanovic, they'll play again on Tuesday at Cirencester where a decision will be made on them.

"Calvin's probably one of the more senior ones that's been with us the longest, if you take out that little bit that he left us for. There's nothing in that [decision] at all, all the players respect him but it's just one of those things.

"The test for him [Radovanovic] though was keeping his focus and discipline because obviously he had long periods where he wasn't called into action and then all of a sudden he did. He's done fine, he's extremely lively and bubbly in training. He didn't get much of a test today as in shot-stopping wise, his distribution was pretty good but we'll have another look on Tuesday.

"We'll probably have another look at them on Tuesday and then make a decision on them. If we're not going to keep them then it's unfair to keep them hanging around too long because they need to go and find themselves other clubs if that's the way it's going to go."