BREWERS Manager Dino Maamria was impressed with his side’s first half performance as they gained more vital minutes in the tank against Brackley Town.
First-half goals from Mark Helm were cancelled out by two goals in the opening first five minutes of the second by Alfie Bates. The Brewers made eight changes in the second half and despite the result Maamria was happy with the match and in particular, the first 45 minutes.
“It was a really good first-half despite the fact that the back three hadn’t played together before. We rested Sam Hughes and John Brayford but I thought overall our attacking play in the first-half was excellent.
“In the second half we were as poor as we were good in the first. We made changes after 60 minutes and you always change the flow of a game with changes and I think we lost our way in the second half. The main thing for me was getting all of the players as many minutes as possible.
“Overall it was a good workout for the lads. Helmy came out with two very good goals. We played with the right intensity and aggression. It was unfortunate that after the second half changes that we lost our momentum and we gave them two really poor goals.”
Despite the result, Maamria is impressed with how the squad is shaping up ahead of the season opener away at Bloomfield Road on August 5th.
‘We’ve been working really hard on the training ground for the last three weeks. The team looks good in possession and defensively we’ve been trying to build on that too. We’ve got a couple of signings coming in and hopefully we’ll have our back line sorted and then we start working with them to improve as we conceded two easily preventable goals.
“We’re delighted to get Tom Hamer and Jasper Moon too. They’ll be big players for us going forwards, especially with Sam Hughes and John Brayford and the players we’ve already got here.