Thurlow Nunn preview: Halstead look to keep large squad happy

HALSTEAD Town manager Jimmy Holder came back from holiday at the weekend and is in a positive frame of mind as the club kicks off with two home Thurlow Nunn League First Division matches, against Fakenham Town on Saturday, and then Ipswich wanderers on Tuesday.

Pre-season has gone well at Rosemary Lane, with assistant manager Andrew Charles and reserve-team boss Mark Hoskin looking after the team while Holder has been away.

“With each game we have improved,” said Holder, “so hopefully we can get the season off to a good start with a win against Fakenham.”

He currently has 19 players in contention for a first team spot. “It’s a good problem, but we can’t keep all of those players happy all of the time. I hope the players who are peripheral will be patient and their time will come.”

The large squad benefits the reserves, who are likely to be much stronger than last year. “The reserves are also looking very healthy. We’ll put the younger players in there to give them some experience.”

In the Essex Senior Cup first round Halstead are at home to Eton Monor, with the winners of the tie facing a trip to Great Wakering Rovers.