Barry Yeo ready to assess Barnstaple Town options in pre-season


BARNSTAPLE Town manager Barry Yeo said he will “look at a few different things” during pre-season.

The newly-promoted Southern League club reported back for training last Tuesday, were put through their paces on Thursday and again two days ago.

Barum, who will play in Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West for the first time in their history, will also do a light session tonight before their friendly schedule kicks off tomorrow.

They welcome Carlsberg South West Peninsula League side Torpoint Athletic to Mill Road and follow that with a home clash against Launceston on Tuesday (both 7.45pm).

“It is all about getting up the match fitness and the only way we get that is by playing games,” said Yeo. “It is important to get out and get a feel for the football.

“There is not a lot to change but we are looking at a few things with new faces and trying new things out – that is what pre-season is all about.

“Three or four games in we will be expecting a little more but getting out on the pitch on Friday to familiarise themselves is good.

“A lot of the lads are playing football anyway, but they will look forward to Friday as there is nothing better than getting out and having some match practice.”

New signing Craig Allan linked up with his team-mates during their first session, while striker James Blake was there this week.

Yeo said fitness was the name of the game as they prepare for the new season.

“We have had the legs working and are working hard on a few things,” he said. “We will then start the games and that’s when you learn more.

“The level we are at the fitness is key, but we pride ourselves on being a fit bunch of lads.

“It is about blowing away the cobwebs and building on other things.”

Barnstaple will host a fans forum on Friday, July 22, at which chairman Jasmine Chesters will inform people about how the club is moving forward.

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