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COACHES’ CORNER: Kev Barry previews Kidlington

Ahead of our opening home league game against Kidlington on Tuesday evening (7:45 KO), first team coach Kev Barry has previewed the fixture. Chairman Mike Burke has also praised our management staff for their work over the summer.

“We host Kidlington FC in our first home game of the Step Four campaign on Tuesday after a very impressive opening away win against a strong AFC Dunstable.

“The manner of the win on Saturday was extremely encouraging from a management point of view as Bren/Andy and myself could see that the lads had taken on board all that had been worked on in pre-season and tried their best to implement where possible.

“Continuing the hard work ethic on the training pitch, combined with structure and discipline will aid us all in maintaining our levels and keep the lads grounded for the tough season ahead.

“Kidlington, on the other hand, had a tough opening day, losing to one of the title favourites Bedford Town.

“However, as we all know in football, you often learn more about your team in defeat than in a win! I am sure that the Kidlington management team will have been working tirelessly since Saturday to prepare their team for the visit to the VG.

“We will need to be on our guard and, again, at our best and approach the game in a disciplined manner as we did in our opening fixture.

“The staff recognise that the lads are a great group with an excellent attitude and we are confident that they will look to entertain and excite the fantastic Bromsgrove fans and give another good account of themselves.

“Going into the game, Bren will have a full squad to choose from, which will also include the return of Jason Cowley.

“It’s worth mentioning that after winning the title last season, one of the key ingredients to success is recruitment.

“It is paramount to add quality to any successful squad and with Will, Harry, Dan, Nathan, Jono and Cameron joining the squad, Brendan and Andy have excelled in this area.

“I am confident that this will keep competition for places high and training sessions at the quality required for this level of football.

“After the weekend, we are in a good place; we need to continue with the hard work to make sure we are still in that window come Wednesday morning!”

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Chairman Mike Burke reflected on the management team’s work over the off-season: “I want to say well done to Brendan and Andy for their hard work the summer; everyone can see the results of all this effort with our exciting squad we have in place.

“But no one sees the time and effort that takes place every day during the close season; with phone calls, negotiations, meetings, persuasion, etc, that eventually brings a group of players together as Bromsgrove Sporting.”

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