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COACHES’ CORNER: Bren Kelly previews Welwyn Garden City

This edition of Coaches’ Corner sees manager Bren Kelly preview our exciting clash versus Welwyn Garden City on Saturday. He also looks at stamping an identity on the team and the importance of youth.

“After a weekend off last week, the squad are keen to get back into action to try and maintain our positive start to the league campaign.

“Our last league game, albeit a thumping 5-1 win, saw the lads come off the pitch feeling frustrated with their performance, which gives me great pleasure as they feel they were not up to scratch, even after a 5-1 win.

“We are trying to set and reset standards all the time; I think it was our defensive display as a team that left us with some uncertainties with the performance, which created some very good material for us to work on in training to ensure we are working hard to prevent a repeat performance.

“We welcome Welwyn this weekend who, like ourselves, have come up from step five and, I must add, they have come out of the blocks flying.

“Like ourselves, they have raised some eyebrows with the results so far, which makes for a mouth watering contest between us.

“Like a lot of fixtures, both teams are going into the unknown somewhat, but we are confident if we play to our strengths and do the simple things well, we can come away with a positive result.

“My staff and I do feel we have really stamped an identity on the squad and we are constantly looking to improve on things that will complement our identity.

“We aim to provide a brand of football that is effective, aggressive and easy on the eye – whilst we try and achieve this, we must also make sure we have a strong and ruthless backbone to cope with whatever different type of tests we encounter.

“This last week or so, we also had a chance to watch our U18s’ FA Youth Cup game and it was very refreshing to see that Alan and Liam (Under 18s management team) are also trying to play football the right way.

“I was very impressed with some of the performances on display and will certainly be keeping tabs on the youngsters. They can take great pleasure in the fact I have no problem giving youth a chance – just look at Charlie Dowd, Will Shorrock, Cameron Peters and Harry Higginson.

“We are really looking forward to the Welwyn match and, as always, we will leave no stone unturned in tying to get the three points.

“Once again, I want to thank our 12th man – the Sporting faithful – for their support; it is incredible and really gives the lads that extra edge when needed.”

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