Preparations for the new season begin in earnest tomorrow when Cambridge City open their pre-season friendly programme with a trip to Haverhill Borough.
After reporting back to pre-season training on 26 June, City boss Robbie Nightingale will take his squad to Haverhill for the first match action since the Lilywhites signed off their campaign with a Cambs Invitation Cup victory over Ely City at the end of April. That match came two days after City were relegated from Southern League Premier Division on goal difference.
As the Lilywhites prepare for life in the Evostik South East Division, City boss Robbie Nightingale has spent the closed season strengthening the squad with Ian Miller, Michael King and Mark Coulson all signing as new players. The majority of the squad from last season have also committed to another campaign meaning that City go into the pre-season games in relatively good shape.
Nightingale will send a strong side to Haverhill and will be looking to give all squad members some time on the pitch. Speaking to www.cambridgecityfc.com, the City boss said “A strong side will take to the pitch on Saturday. It will feature the new faces such as Ian Miller, Michael King and Mark Coulson as well as those who were part of the squad from last season and who have committed again. Players from the reserve and youth set-up such as Harry Farrow, James Tee, and Josh Lowe are also likely to be included too”.
With City completing their second week of pre-season training, the Lilywhites boss is pleased how preparations are going so far. “The squad is not the finished article yet and there are key positions to be filled and I continue to talk to many different players. I am hopeful that some new faces could be signed on by the weekend, but we will see what happens”.
Haverhill are preparing for life in the Premier Division of the Thurlow Nunn League after gaining promotion from Division One courtesy of a 3rd place finish. The match against City is the first of their pre-season programme which will also include games against the likes of Woodbridge and Chatteris.
The match is the first of 8 pre-season games that City will play and kick-off is at 3:00pm.
Going to the game:
Haverhill Borough FC
The New Croft
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