FC Halifax Town was not able to match Port Vale on the score sheet, but Jordan Preston and the rest of the team put in a valiant performance to unfortunately losing 3-2 against the League 2 side.
Speaking to Shaymen TV, Preston was happy with how the home side performed. He believes it’s just the stepping stone that the side need to continue to build on what they have been working on so far.
“It’s another progression from where we’ve been coming from and what we’ve been doing in training and I think there were a lot of positives to take out of today’s game”.
Pre-season is all about playing time and the former Gateshead attacker states that he feels he is nearly at full fitness and ready for Braintree on the 4th of August.
“I think I’ve had a 45, a 60 and a 75 (minutes). I’m probably now just a 90-minute match away from being ready for the start of the season”.
Preston says he is retaining that match sharpness and states he would love to get more goals as well as returning to full fitness.
“I think I’m getting there fitness wise. I’m getting that little bit sharper and starting to see more of the ball. I just want to maybe add a few more chances or maybe goals to my game, but yeah I feel like I’m starting to get there now”.
In the interview, the 22-year-old admits that this pre-season training has been very tough under Jamie Fullarton and the rest of the management team.
“Training has been tough. I’d say it’s probably been the toughest pre-season I’ve ever had. It’s been tough. But with the football, I’ve learnt a lot about myself and overall I’ve definitely benefited from it”.
“It’s all hard, but it’s all beneficial. We’ve done a lot of hard runs, but we have done some running with the ball as well. A lot of it has been learning about football, while we are doing the running, so it’s been good in that aspect”.
Speaking ahead of the Coalville Town game on Saturday Preston understands that it will be a difficult game for himself and the rest of the team as the Southern League Premier Central side will be a different test for The Shaymen.
“It will be another tough game. They may be like Brighouse, and they were tough opponents for the first 50/60 minutes, but obviously, we had the fitness edge on them after that. So, I am expecting another tough game”.
Having played two Football League sides now, Preston told Shaymen TV that the variety of tests the team has had in these pre-season fixtures will help the side over the course of the season.
“We gave really good accounts of ourselves against Bolton and Port Vale and for stages of the games, we have matched them. If we can match teams like that and there are going to be game out there which are a bit more nitty-gritty, like the Brighouse game. So, it’s just getting us ready for all things that are going to come at us next season”.
Finally, Preston told us how well the side has gelled together and how the young squad Fullarton has put together just want to help each other be the best they can.
“It’s a good set of lads, everyone gets on well and we all settled in well together. I think we’re all just driving, we are a pretty young team and we all just want the same thing and that’s to do as well as we can this year”.
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV right now.
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