Ross Embleton took charge of the youth team for the first time in the pre-season match at Wimborne, and was delighted with what he saw as the whole squad put in an assured performance to record a 4-0 win.
It was a very controlled performance from the side, and Ross explained that the whole squad had to be properly managed from the start as they threw off the shackles of the rigorous pre-season training.
“It can be difficult having a different team in each half as everyone wants to go out and try and do 90 minutes work. It was a case of ensuring that the boys understood that it was the first game and it was important that they built up slowly to get back in to the routine of playing again. We wanted them to show a good work rate and keep possession of the ball, and I felt they did that.”
The side could have scored far more than the four they did, but what was impressive, was how they crafted the chances and that was a fact not lost on Ross.
“It didn’t matter if they went in or not, it was the quality that was shown that was pleasing. Over the 90 minutes, there was only three or four occasions when you could say that we put it in an area up the pitch and didn’t play through the opposition. That is pleasing to see against a side that made it difficult for us. We still tried to play through them and be intelligent with our movement and passing.”
Overall, it was a very satisfactory start for Ross and he was also pleased to see the performances of the young players who have made the step up from the Under 18 side.
“You can’t get carried away, but we knew what we wanted from the game and we got that. and for me it was good to see the development boys out there because they can give a benchmark to the younger lads. Overall, it was a good night.”