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COACHES’ CORNER: Bren Kelly’s pre-season thoughts three games in

Following our 3-2 pre-season defeat to Boldmere St. Michaels, manager Bren Kelly gave his thoughts on the game, our Kidderminster success and his reflections on how pre-season has gone thus far, as he looks ahead to our first home pre-season match vs Wakefield AFC on Thursday evening (7:45 KO).

After Tuesday’s Boldmere loss, Bren commented: “I learned at lot from the game tonight and that’s what pre-season is for but there were a lot of poor performances, which is concerning, so that will be addressed

“It was an opportunity to look and trialists and fringe players and for lads to stake a claim for a place at the club – some took it, some didn’t.”

This game was in stark contrast to the match on Saturday, where a resolute Sporting beat National League North side Kidderminster Harriers, to which Bren referred to it as a ‘great performance’ against what was largely their first team, adding it was ‘really pleasing’.

All five of Sporting’s summer signings have had minutes now, with Matt Coton the last of these to make an appearance, playing against Boldmere. Bren was pleased with what he has seen so far.

“All the new lads have done okay – they’ve come in and they’ve gelled quite well in regards to getting on with the boys because they all know each other from playing at previous clubs together,” he said.

“There’s still a bit of work to do and they need to get to know each others games. We are pleased with how they’ve settled in.”

Sporting’s pre-season is currently three games in, with four remaining – despite this defeat, Bren expressed his optimism.

“It’s been mostly positive – tonight (Boldmere loss) may just be a one off but I can’t take it lightly, I’ve got to look into it and reflect and act on it, which we will but so far, it’s been okay,” he said.

“It’s going well – numbers are really high in training and the bits and pieces we have worked on, for the most time, have been very good.”

Looking ahead at what to expect from Thursday’s night’s opponents, Wakefield AFC, Bren said: “It’s a squad full of lads that have just been released from pro clubs, so they’re going to take time to gel as well, but it’ll be another good chance for us to get minutes into bodies and work on things.”

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