Date: 16th July 2014 at 10:17pm
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Manager Mark Yates was pretty pleased at full time in the game against Bristol Rovers for a number of reasons.

As we move further through our pre season preparations for the coming campaign, Yates explained to the Official Site that at full time he was a pretty happy man for a number of different reasons.

‘It was a really good workout in a competitive game. Bristol Rovers shouldn’t be in the position that they are in and they will do all they can to get out of that league. Talking to Darrell Clarke before the game we knew he was going to use 14 of the experienced players that he has got and we were going to do the same.’

Yates goes on to say that following the Evesham result with more of our younger boys on display, he’d had a good chat with them all and explained that they all needed to work hard on certain things on the training pitch before getting another chance, and that was what they did with Ian Hutton and Shaun North in the earlier sessions on Tuesday saying.

‘We need to concentrate on the 13 or 14 that we have in and around it but their time will come and sooner than they think. We just want to put in a bit of ground work with them.’

Of course, despite Rover’s relegation, they are a step up from Evesham so going with more experience in this match is no surprise really in any event.

Overall the gaffer described himself as pleased but admitted we had picked up a couple of knocks that ‘we could’ve done without’ but thankfully they aren’t serious and sensible training and a bit of rest should see them all ok within a couple of days.

‘There are some important players playing 90 minutes for us already. Byron Harrison was outstanding. He got better and better. I was probably taking him off after 70 minutes so I gave him a little look and I got the thumbs up to leave him on. He got his rewards, it was a great finish and he could have had a few more.’

Yates goes on to say that it’s still the stage of putting the building blocks into place for the season, and whilst nothing is certain yet in terms of how we might do in 2014-15, he couldn’t be more pleased with the attitude and character of the team and their efforts so far to improve in training, and in the games so far, some of the passages of play have been very pleasing in his mind.

‘We are trying but there is more to come in terms of fitness and goal threat They worked really hard yesterday and they worked their socks off so there was always going to be a little fatigue today but it’s what we want because we want them blowing and they were really good today.’

The gaffer ends by saying that Steve Elliott overstretched so he was just precautionary, but he seemed fine after the game and Terry Gornell is nursing a sore ankle which came up a bit, but again it’s nothing too serious.