Date: 12th July 2014 at 5:46pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has described the game against Totnes and Dartington as an invaluable opportunity and a great run out for the squad.

Coming out as four two winners in the game, Hargreaves left out a number of senior players, using the opportunity to blood some youngsters and have a better look at some trialists.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game and having had assessed things, Hargreaves explained.

‘It was a great workout for the squad, especially the younger players and the trialists. In particular, Levi Ives did well and so did Sam Chaney when he came on. The new lads looked bright and sharp, and they have all come back really fit, so I’m expecting them to do well in pre season. It’s a time of year I hated as a player because there are no points available. As a manager, it’s invaluable because you can really look at what you’ve got. You can assess trialists and look at young lads. I am being a bit more old school than I have done in the last two years, which means it will be hard work. Football is a running game and you have to be fit.’

Speaking more specifically about some of the players he left out, Hargreaves went on to say that Dale Tonge has a problem with his calf, and it was the same for Tom Cruise. The centre halves he considered too risky to play at this stage, and Karl Hawley was missing because he’s not yet passed for contact training following his broken arm, but he’s hoping to welcome him back after his next x-ray.