Horrocks reflects on pre-season

Horrocks reflects on pre-season

We caught up with manager Sean Horrocks to discuss pre-season so far, the loss to Whinney Hill and the upcoming games against strong opposition.

On pre-season, Sean is his usual upbeat-self: “I think it has been a decent pre-season with some excellent performances, bar the last one.”

But when it comes to Tuesday’s defeat at Whinney Hill, it’s clear to see the gaffer had been thinking about it, long and hard.

“It was a very disheartening Tuesday night,” he said.

“I think we’ve given an excellent account of ourselves and played well in every other game so far and it was frustrating to see the levels and heads drop.

“That said, both the players and the management team have moved on from Tuesday. We’ve had time to reflect and set the group a few goals to make sure we don’t see the same disappointing performance once again.”

However, there are big games against Padiham, Chorley Under-21s and Stockport Town around the corner and Sean is delighted.

“I must say that I’m excited about the next three preseason games as they are massive for AFC,” he said.

“Generally, to get these kinds of games is an enormous coup for us and a big chance for the squad to test themselves against better opposition. I think it shows how much work we’ve done both on and off the pitch to attract this level of opponents.

“I’m looking for the players to showcase what they’re about against a higher standard of opposition, teams that would be way above what we’ll face in the league. Still, with that said, I think it’s essential we keep progressing both on and off the pitch, make new goals and aspire to advance the club every year.”

With the Lancashire Amateur League kicking off soon, Sean is setting his sights high.

“We have added some real quality to the squad throughout the pre-season,” he said.

“I believe a part of our problem is the fact we haven’t had a week where we have had everyone available due to work and holidays the players had pre-planned. With the league starting in a few weeks, that will all be dying down now and we will be aiming high.

“I think we have the quality and potential in this squad to be around the top of our division, if not to win it. It’s something I said to the players and the board, and something I’ll be focusing our work on.”