On the eve of Colne’s first game in the Evo-Stik, boss Steven Cunningham has admitted that his excitement is uncontrollable.
A summer of negotiations, signings and contract renewals has invigorated Cunningham, and with just a matter of days to go before the 2016-17 season kicks off, he has stated that Saturday cannot come quick enough.
With Glossop North End first up, Cunningham believes his side have the perfect opportunity to lay down a marker.
Furthermore win, lose or draw on Saturday, he has explained why a good performance is crucial, as ‘the league isn’t won or lost in August.’
“It’s starting to feel very real now, and we are really excited as a club. We’ve worked hard for two years to get here, and I can’t wait now.
“Glossop North End will be very tough and we couldn’t have asked for a bigger game or a better test if I’m honest.”
Having averaged crowds of 200 last season, Cunningham has urged the Red Army to go the extra mile this season.
Hopeful that the town of Colne will get behind his team, the Reds manager continued by stressing the importance of packed terraces at the XLCR Stadium.
“The crowd is really important. If we are going to progress as a football club we need the town to back us.
“We’ve Got Burnley supporters who are now in the top flight and with the Clarets not playing every Saturday at 3pm, I’m hoping they get on board.”
Cunningham added; “We need people to support us and hopefully we can match great support with team performances as my squad will aim to do the town proud.”
Despite losing Simon Nangle, Chris Anderson, Joe Garvin and Spencer Jordan through injury in recent weeks, Cunningham believes his squad will be able to cope with playing three games a week.
Having recruited Chris Lynch, the boss believes preparation for Saturday has been perfect, as he plans to showcase the Reds attacking style of play on the eighth tier.
“Preparation has been fantastic and I have to thank the coaches for getting everybody ready, as I couldn’t have done it without them.
“The players I’ve brought in have been great and our team spirit at the moment is better than anything I’ve ever witnessed.”
Cunningham finished by saying; “Attacking teams is the only way I know and that won’t change.
“We’ve got a style of football that we are known for and we get a lot of plaudits for it.
“It’s really important that in our first five to six games we put in some good performances and show the league that we aren’t just here to make up the numbers!”
Article: James Burch