March Town boss Ashley Taylor gears up for Holbeach United and King's Lynn Town U23s friendly matches
A double header against two youthful sides will provide great tests for March Town, according to Ashley Taylor.
The Hares boss is gearing his side up for a home friendly clash with Holbeach United this Friday (July 22) before they welcome King’s Lynn Town U23s next Tuesday.
Those are their final preparatory games before they kick off their 2022/23 United Counties League Premier Division South campaign at Bugbrooke St Michaels on July 30 - and Taylor is looking forward to the run-outs.
He will also be aiming to fine-tune his starting eleven after handing opportunities to a number of trialists in recent weeks.
“We will start whittling it down a little bit. In the first four games we’ve been looking at different players and different scenarios,” he said.
“Holbeach have had a good pre-season so far, and got an impressive win against Deeping (Rangers) on Saturday. It should be a good test for us.
“Holbeach are quite a young side, and obviously so are King’s Lynn. They may be quite similar games. Young teams are going to have lots of energy and lots of legs, so we want to make sure we control it how we want to control it.
“We’re looking forward to two good games to go into that opening game with.”
March go into the fixtures off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Mildenhall Town, with Luis Cowie opening the scoring in that game before the hosts struck back to win.
Prior to that, they had defeated Lakenheath thanks to strikes from Sam Murphy and Jack Friend.
Last week, Taylor further bolstered his ranks with the signing of Ryan Lennon from Fenland neighbours Parson Drove.
The forward was a double player of the season winner at Drove last season, and Taylor is delighted to have him on board.
“He was someone we spoke to last season, but he decided to stay loyal to Parson Drove and see the season out - which we respected,” he told the Citizen.
“That was always with the intention of him coming to us pre-season, and he’s done really well.
“He’s an exciting player with good speed, he can carry the ball well and works hard for the team.
“He’s fitted into the group really nicely, so he definitely strengthens our forward line and gives us a bit of a different dynamic to what we’re about.”
Taylor hopes to confirm one or two more new signings by the end of this week.
lMarch Town vs Holbeach Utd - 7.30pm kick-off