WAKES fans will have their first chance to see the players likely to feature in the forthcoming 2012-13 season when Bourne take on Stamford in the Wilf Notley Cup at the Abbey Lawn on Tuesday.
And with Bourne and Stamford having agreed a player partnership next season, many of Stamford’s starting 11 could also finish up wearing the claret of Bourne next season.
Wakes boss Darren Munton and Daniels manager Graham Drury agreed earlier this summer that Stamford’s fringe players could be taken on loan at the Abbey Lawn, while Wakes players will have the opportunity to train with the higher league side and make the step up if the show potential.
Munton has also been busy scouting for players to strengthen a squad that ended a disappointing 2011-12 season third from bottom in the United Counties League First Division.
Michael Feely, Tom Caldicott and Seb Archer-Fern, who all played for Cottesmore in the Leicestershire Senior League’s top flight last season, are among the players who have been training with Bourne. Munton is also keen to secure the services of young goalkeeper Alex Brown from the Rutland side.
“Dan Jarman has been training with Stamford so I may have to look for a new keeper,” said Munton, who also has to find a new goalscorer after last season’s joint top-scorer Jason Kilbride moved away from the area.
“It will probably be anther tough season,” warned the Bourne boss.
“There are some good sides like Oadby joining the league but we have a few games coming up to prepare us for the start of the season.
“We need to build up fitness and look at players in different positions and try out formations.
“Training has been a little hit and miss because some players are away but otherwise it has been fine.”
The friendlies come thick and first after Tuesday’s game against Stamford, with Hykeham visiting next Saturday and Peterborough Northern Star a week later.
Bourne then have further games lined up against Peterborough Sports (July 30), Blackstones (away, August 1), Heckington (August 4), Whittlesey (August 7), Cottesmore (away, August 11) and Boston Youth (August 14) but Munton is keen to make a good start when the Daniels visit.
“It’s for the Wilf Notley Cup so there is pride at stake; and I don’t think Graham will necessarily bring his strongest side.
“He will probably field players who may not feature in his first team plans.”
Training at Bourne is on Thursdays at 7pm at The Abbey Lawn.