SSMFL D2; Sarratt v Buckingham United preview + manager Sean Devine’s thoughts on pre-season

Saturday 7th September 2019
Sarratt v Buckingham United
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
George V Way
WD3 6AU
K.O. 3.00

 

Last season’s league standings:

North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division (11 teams)

Buckingham United 4th

 

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Sarratt 12th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last four games:

Buckingham United:

L 1-2 home v Twyford United 23rd April NBDL

W 3-1 home v Mursley United Development 6th April NBDL

W 0-3 away v Clean Slate Reserves 23rd March NBDL

L 3-4 home v Wing Village 16th March NBDL

Sarratt:

D 2-2 home v The 61 FC (Luton) 31st August SSMFL

D 2-2 away v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 24th August SSMFL

L 2-1 away v Colney Heath 20th August SSMFL LCT

L 2-3 home v Berkhamsted Raiders 17th August SSMFL

 

Sean Devine with cup winning Leighton Town development side

Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with United manager Sean Devine to ask if he’s had much time away from the game since last season finished?

No, I don’t think you ever totally switch off and obviously after joining a new club it was a busy summer with planning for the season ahead

When did you begin your pre-season training, and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?

We went back in early July, numbers were good and commitment was in abundance from all the players at the club including the reserves

How has it been signing on players, and have you lost many that have depleted your plans?

The signing of players has been ok as we did not need to add too many, maybe only needing to add three or four

How have your pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

Results have been decent, and our performances have got better with the more games we have played

Simon King has this week signed for United

Do you still have players yet to sign on, or are you squad ready?

Our squad is more or less there, but you always need to leave the door open just in case players come along that you know will strengthen the squad

First game of the season this Saturday at Sarratt, what are you expecting & have you got much info on your opponents?

We are expecting a tough game from a team that is already looking hard to beat going off their results so far

At this early stage, what are you targets for the first few games?

To get as many points on the board as we can which helps with building confidence for a team new to this level

Finally, are there any games this season you are in particular looking forward to?

All of them, as they will no doubt all be different in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, & for us being our first season in this division

Sports Shots would like to thank Sean for his time this week

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