“It’s not my favourite time of year” says Loveridge after Frampton win at Chalford in pre-season friendly

Frampton United manager Josh Loveridge admitted the pre-season preparation for his side has been difficult, but believes his squad has done themselves justice in pre-season so far.

The Gloucestershire County League side have played the likes of Western League side Roman Glass and Shortwood United of the Hellenic before playing Chalford on Tuesday night and Loveridge says he is happy with how things have gone so far.

“It’s [pre-season] not my favourite time of year admittedly as from a planning point of view it’s very difficult because things are constantly changing and things can happen very quickly.

We’ve lost a couple of players who’ve opted to try themselves at a higher level and we’ve added where needed and the new lads have fitted in well.

In terms of the fixtures, I’m happy with what we’ve got out of each one. We competed well against Roman Glass from the Western Premier League and beat a very good Shortwood side too. We’ve had a good mix in terms of quality of opposition,” Loveridge added.

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Frampton have had to adapt off the pitch, by installing one-way systems and fencing at their ground to make sure that the club are able to comply with government and FA guidelines during the re-start of football since the suspension back in March and Loveridge says he is grateful for the way the club have handled the situation.

“The club have worked really hard to put certain measures into place and the people behind the scenes deserve a huge amount of credit,” said Loveridge.

“We’ve put new barriers up and installed a one way system to make our ground as Covid friendly as possible. Ultimately without these measures being put into place we wouldn’t have been able to play so we are all very grateful.

Frampton go into the 2020/21 season looking to continue where they left off in the last campaign – ending the season top at the time of suspension – and Loveridge admits that whilst his side still have areas to improve on, he remains excited for the new season.

“I’m happy with where we are at the moment but as I say things can change very quickly. There are always areas that need working on and you can always improve and that’s the same for everyone and we are no different.

We’ve worked hard in training and in games and we will continue to keep working on our strengths and weaknesses.

The last few months have been rubbish for everybody, so to be able to get back to doing something we love is really exciting. Like I say there’s still plenty of work to do in the next three weeks before Henbury, but we are looking forward to it!” Loveridge added.

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