Garstang FC staff and squad are happy to be back active
Garstang FC boss Richard Cookney admitted his players have enjoyed being back in each other’s company.
The Riversiders’ squad has reunited following the easing of lockdown restrictions a fortnight ago.
They are due to play AFC Blackpool on matchday one of the Prestwich Heys Invitational Cup this weekend, having drawn 1-1 in a friendly with Runcorn Town last Saturday.
With the season put on hiatus in December before being formally curtailed last month, the squad won’t be pushed too hard in the next few weeks.
Cookney said: “We’ve only had the one training session but we had games against our reserve side and Runcorn.
“Speaking to the lads, we haven’t tried to jump straight back into it.
“Some teams are doing that but we felt it was pointless going gung-ho, doing lots of training, playing matches and then having six weeks off.
“We looked at it a different way and felt it was an opportunity to get the lads back together, enjoying themselves and having a laugh.”
In common with his fellow managers, Cookney has been using the last few weeks to put plans in place for next season.
An application to play in next season’s FA Cup has been submitted, while friendlies are being finalised ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
“As a manager, that’s when you’re at your busiest,” Cookney said.
“Pre-season, you’re looking at things like cutting the squad back by letting some players go, trying to get the players in that you want, planning friendlies before the season.
“We’ve got two friendlies arranged already against Lancaster City and Longridge Town, so that isn’t a bad start.
“Everyone waits for the league or the FA Vase fixtures to be announced but I’ve got my fingers crossed we’ll be in the FA Cup.
“Even if we don’t get in it, then at least we’ve tried – but can you imagine what it’d be like for the town of Garstang to be in the FA Cup?”
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