MANAGERS OFFICE: AFC Wimbledon
By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)
Gale emphasised the fact that he wants to see what the Hawks have already done in pre-season continue when Neal Ardley’s side come to the Fort but also illuded to the fact that what’s happened so far counts for nothing on August 4th.
“I want to continue what we’ve done in Pre-Season so far including good habits and some good performances.
We’re well aware that Pre-Season counts for nothing when the league season kicks-off and we’re in for a tough test, another good side coming down in AFC Wimbledon and I’m expecting a really tough game.”
And the Hawks assistant manager believes it’s “important” that the Hawks face a stern test before heading to Holker Street in a fortnight.
“I think it’s important. We’re not getting carried away after the Wycombe game. Wycombe are a very good side and they posed us a lot of problems and on the day we dealt with them. We know that Pre-season counts for nothing and that’s why we are not getting carried away with ourselves.”
Pre-season has a purpose, it’s main function to get as well prepared for a new season, a new grind as possible. And Shaun believes that this campaign has more than served its purpose.
“I think it has but we will only know that once the season starts but it has been a good pre-season up until now. We’ve played against some very good sides who have given us some very good tests in all levels. It’s fantastic the likes of Gareth Ainsworth and Neal Ardley will bring teams and play against us and we’re looking forward to it”
Away from tomorrow’s evening clash at Westleigh Park, the Hawks found out this week that their home clash against Aldershot Town in early September has been picked by BT Sport for live television coverage, a piece of news that Shaun relishes and says is big part of the Hawks’ National League dream.
“It’s unbelievable.” He said. “It just shows how far this clubs come. I’ve been here for 18 years and it’s been a dream to get here and to be in this league and to be live on BT Sport is fantastic. It’s great for the club, great for the fans, great for the chairman and great for everyone involved from the tea lady right the way through, it’s fantastic.”
Hawks face AFC Wimbledon tomorrow, not under the prestige of the BT Sport cameras but Westleigh Park under the lights in the Summer is possibly one of the best places to be. Tickets for the game are £10 Adults and £5 Concessions with kick-off at 19:45.