Bakers to test themselves this summer

PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 May 2015

May & Baker celebrate after winning the Essex President's Shield to complete a league and cup double (pic: Rob Stanbridge).

May & Baker celebrate after winning the Essex President's Shield to complete a league and cup double (pic: Rob Stanbridge).


Andy Yarrow already planning pre-season games against strong opposition

May & Baker captain Andy Yarrow has outlined his plans for pre-season ahead of the clubs first season in the London Three North East.

The Essex One champions are looking to play various strong opponents during the summer to give them the best preparation for the upcoming season.

Fixtures for the London Three North East were announced at the weekend but Bakers are still unwinding after a tough season which saw them earn promotion.

They finished with the double after adding the Essex President’s Shield to the league title and Yarrow revealed they are keen to continue testing themselves ahead of the first match of the new campaign on September 19.

“We are looking at facing Camberley in pre-season, who knocked us out of the semi-finals of the National Vase,” said Bakers captain.

“They are interested in coming down and another I would like to do is Romford & Gidea Park after they were relegated from London One North.

“It would be great to get that experience and maybe face a Barking 15 as well, that would be really good.

“We want to face all teams that are from higher leagues, except Camberley but they beat us in the cup so that will be a good match. This is a really great opportunity to challenge ourselves in pre-season.”

Bakers Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place next week and then specific dates will be in place for pre-season.

They will also look at which players will be recruited by the club during the summer after that and the planning for the London Three North East will really start.

Yarrow added: “The only conversation I have had with people is that nobody is leaving us but once we have sat down we can look at recruiting more players as well.

“Our AGM is the first week of June so we will elect captains and confirm our coaching set-up then.

“I guess our pre-season will start around the 15th to the 20th of June, somewhere around that date. We will definitely be playing a lot of friendlies against higher league opposition.”

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