Isthmian North: Barking manager Glen Golby pleased to start at home against Waltham Abbey
PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 July 2017
Blues know they will begin league season at Mayesbrook Park after fixtures were released last week
Barking joint-manager Glen Golby says he is pleased to start the Isthmian North season at home, regardless of who the opposition is.
When the fixtures were released last Thursday, it was revealed that the Blues will begin at Mayesbrook Park on August 12, when they host Waltham Abbey.
The Abbots have flirted with relegation in recent seasons and finished just one point above the bottom three last term
It seems then that Barking may have been handed a great opening day fixture, and while Golby was happy to start at home, he admits he is unconcerned by the opposition.
“It is nice to be at home first, and it doesn’t really matter who it is against as we have to play every team twice,” said Golby.
“Waltham Abbey have been a steady side in recent seasons, so it will be a good chance for us to see where we are.
“The first month in general should give us a chance to see where we need to improve, but a lot of the teams in this league will have changed their squads over the summer.”
Owing to a restructuring of the divisions in time for the 2018/19 season, the upcoming campaign will only see one team relegated from the Isthmian North.
And Golby admits that easy the pressure a little on Barking as they prepare for their first season back in the Isthmian Leagues.
“It is nice to go into the season knowing only one team will be relegated, and the aim for us is to avoid finishing bottom,” he added.
“That will be seen as a successful season because it has taken us so long to get back into the Isthmian League, but all teams will be looking to avoid finishing bottom.”
For now, though, Golby and Barking’s focus is on their pre-season schedule, with the Blues joint-manager happy with how things are going so far.
“We are slowly taking shape and we’re at a stage now where we looking to cut numbers down to a more managable squad,” he said.
“That means myself, Justin Gardner and Steve Willis will be having a few chats over the next few days.”
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