Wednesday May 22, 2013
The Lambs have cut back on the number of pre-season fixtures that they had played prior to the start of last season. The following games have now been arranged but are all subject to change. The opening fixture is a short drive down the A5 to Atherstone Town on Tuesday 8th July for a game kicking off at 7.30pm. On Saturday 13th the team will be playing a West Bromwich Albion Xl away which will be played behind closed doors.
Supporters will then be able to watch the team at the Lamb on Wednesday 17th July Russell Slade will be bringing his Leyton Orient first team to the Lamb, kick off 7.30pm.
On Saturday 20th July we welcome Aston Villa under 21's who are coached by Gordan Cowans and hopefully in attendance will be recently appointed Assistant Developement coach Stiliyan Petrov. The team at the end of last season beat the cream of Europes under 21 sides to be crowned NextGen series European Champions.
A short trip to Rushall Olympic on Tuesday 23rd July is the next game on the schedule, this will be the second season running that the team will travel to Dales Lane and with the Pics just missing out on a play off place in the EvoStick Northern Premier League last season another hard workout can be expected.
Saturday 27th July sees a return to the Lamb as Stoke City will be sending their under 21's for a game kicking off at 3.00pm. The following Saturday sees the final game of the pre -season campaign when the team travel to Lincolnshire to play Barton Rovers Old Boys who play in the North Counties East League. A new ground for the fans and team alike and gives the customary long trip prior to the start of the season.
Its a varied list, Three Premiership club sides, two full Football League sides and three Non League sides who play at different levels.We hope that you will support the lads as they build up for the season. We will be charging £5 for home games for all adults and it will be kids for a quid, Seats will be £2 extra. With three games in a week we will be offering Swindon, Orient and Villa for £12 if purchased in advance which we hope will help fans.
We intend as in previous seasons to produce a programme for the games with Swindon and Orient to be a double issue.