Updated: Apr 4
The Linnets played their first game of football since the 12th December 2020 after the country was put into it's third national lockdown.
They took on Broadstone FC in a post lockdown friendly who ply their trade in the Dorset Senior League. Paul Turner and his side have only had one training session since the restrictions for organised football were lifted so it was an ideal game for everyone in the squad to get minutes under their belt and to dust off the cobwebs.
The Linnets came away with a 4-0 victory and a clean sheet to add to what was a solid performance after such a long time without being together as a squad. (Goals from Luke Stone, Chris Long and a brace from Conor Jevon)
We spoke to Linnets manager Paul Turner after the game to get his views on how he thought the game went and what it's like to be back.
Q: Paul how nice was it to be back out on the pitch with the lads after four months away from football due to the Coronavirus?
A: It was fantastic to see the lads back together, we created a new squad this season, now we are working hard to build a team.
Q: Some up your views on how you thought the game went?
A: We were short of match fitness and cohesion but there were sparks of individual excellence which we need to build upon
Q: Conor Jevon had a brace today despite it being a friendly how good was it to see Conor not just on the scoresheet but also getting minutes into his legs after an injury hit season?
A: Our strikers had a positive spark in them today. In our opinion we have the best and most talented strike force in the league. It was a delight to see the work rate off the ball. However we need to convert more of the chances we create.
Its a real powerhouse of the team.
Q: Was it important to get a friendly as soon as you could after only having one training session since the restrictions lifted?
A: We need to prepare ourselves for upcoming games, so its crucial to get as much match fitness as possible.
Q: Back to training this week but with the Hampshire Invitation Cup on the horizon and a tasty group for the Linnets with local derbies against Ringwood Town and Brockenhurst FC, do you think it will be as competitive as the regular season or do you expect to see teams rotate a lot of players?
A: Everyone will want to prove how good they are. We anticipate this cup to be super competitive and all the teams entered will want to do well.
We were fantastic in the FA Vase this season. Teams will have to be at their very best to beat us. We are most definitely up for the challenge.
Post match comments from Linnets Manager Paul Turner. 03/04/21