NEWS&MAIL Hartley Wintney manager Anthony Millerick is very happy with his squad as the Row look to build on their good league form before the Covid-19 lockdown brought last season to a premature halt LES WILLIAMS, SA191103 Content Millerick remains optimistic ahead of season clean slate and he added: “Everyone is feeling optimistic. We know where we’re going and what we’re doing. The standards at training have been high. “We’ve gone through the process of looking at players and I’m only potentially one player short and we’re still looking at one or two triallists. I’m very happy where we are. We have some extremely talented players and sometimes I just look on in admiration. “Now we are refining what we’re doing and thinking of the team, rather than individuals.” There will be one less team in the division next season, so 21, as Blackfield & Langley have opted to move down to the Wessex League. League action is scheduled to start on September 19, while Millerick’s men – who won two and lost two of their five friendlies prior to Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Horsham – have a home FA Cup preliminary round tie against either Hamworthy United or Calne Town on September 12. mism. I’m always a believer that nobody remembers how you started a season but they do remember how you finished. The season was a difficult one with the expectation around it. But for me it was a success. Our main aim is to always be competitive and all bar one game we achieved that.” Looking ahead to the coming weeks he added: “We have retained all the players from last season and although we’ve had to make budget cuts they’ve been as good as gold. They have come back to pre-season looking hungry and we are more advanced than we’ve ever been. Most came back looking fit. “The younger generation did and they always keep themselves ticking over. Some looked like they had enjoyed their extended summer break. “But some of the old-school players, that’s what they do. They get worked hard on day one in pre-season and they work it off that way.” Now, Millerick is looking forward to starting all over again with a 3],” said Millerick. “People, including supporters, look at where we finished in season one and think ‘okay we’ll improve on that and reach the play-offs’. “But in our second season we didn’t have that 20-point cushion that came with the element of surprise. We were solid but we had to battle hard for every point. “We were light in a couple of areas and we’d lose games by the odd goal and the players went through what I call battle fatigue. But we rectified that and it’s why we finished the season well. “I always did say I thought we were one or two players away from a decent side and we just needed to be a bit more dynamic. “We were always capable of putting daylight between us and the clubs at the bottom of the table and we did that. The run we went on was important. That gave everyone involved – the players, management, supporters – a lift and made them feel bright and good about the season. There was a feeling of opti- By CLIVE YOULTON firstname.lastname@example.org @SurreySptClive OPTIMISTIC Hartley Wintney boss Anthony Millerick reckons the club are “more advanced in pre-season than we’ve ever been” as he continues to build momentum ahead of next season’s Southern League Premier South Division campaign. The Row have re-signed versatile Dean Stow from Basingstoke Town as well as much-travelled striker Ben Wright, now 32, who has made Hartley club number 22 on his list after also leaving The Camrose. A couple of other additions have bolstered a squad which was already more than competitive towards the back end of last season when Millerick’s side won four of their last five matches prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, which meant they finished on a high. The club were ranked 16th out of 22 in the shortened term after ending up eighth the season before. “We always knew there would be a second season syndrome [at Step Published by Reach Southern Media Ltd, at Stoke Mill, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1QA. Registered at the Post Office as a newspaper. Printed at Reach Printing Services (Watford) Ltd, St Albans Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD24 7RG PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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