Friday 15th September 2017
With the new season commencing last Friday, FCV Academy manager Grant Brown assessed the start to the campaign as a whole.
Following on from a 3-0 victory over Grantham Town, the competitive action got under way on Saturday, as the Reds were dealt what Brown described as a “tough” test against Kettering Town U21s in the Midlands Football League Cup.
Since then, FCV have started to hit their stride, picking up another two friendly wins, along with a triumph in the National League U19 Alliance Division H against Loughborough Dynamo.
Despite Friday’s loss at home to Milton Keynes College, Brown has been encouraged by what he’s witnessed.
“Getting thrown into an U21’s cup game was tough [against Kettering Town U21s] — we got beat 4-0,” Brown declared. “However, all of the goals were scored in the first-half, and we played better after that.
“It was probably a little bit too much too soon for the boys, with them getting back on their feet with fitness.
“It was a tough start for them, but we came back in on Monday, had a couple of games on Wednesday, where we got a 3-0 win away at Loughborough Dynamo — so that was pleasing.
“We scored three good goals and got a clean sheet, so it’s been quite a satisfying start to the season.”
Additionally, with new faces to help settle in, Brown says he’ll be looking for the more experienced heads within the group to aid that process for this year’s newcomers.
“Fortunately we’ve got a good number of the group back from last year, so they know what we’re about and what’s expected of them,” he explained.
“It’s up to them to help and drive the new boys on, so that they get up to speed quickly with what we want and how we work.
“The lads from last year have got to take the responsibility on, set the standards and keep the standards going on, for the new ones to aspire to and push onto.”
Brown stated the learning process is a constant one, given the busy schedule which is on the agenda for FCV.
Brown revealed: “We’ve been a little bit limited without the amount of time we’ve spent on the training ground, because we’ve had a lot of games in a short space of time.
“That’s so we can give the group game time and get the work into them on the pitch. They’re learning as they go, which is not a bad way of doing it.”
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