Jamie Leacock 'ready to go' as Thatcham prepare for new Isthmian League season this weekend
Thatcham Town manager Jamie Leacock is going into the new Isthmian League South Central full of confidence after an impressive pre-season.
The Kingfishers ended their preparation with a 2-0 away with at North Leigh, which was their third friendly victory of the summer.
Town now turn their attentions to Northwood on Saturday as they welcome their league opponents to the Stacatruc Stadium for the first game of the season.
“It has been a good pre-season and we ended it well with a good win over at North Leigh and we’re ready to go and see what we can do,” said Leacock.
“During pre-season you wouldn’t normally pay much attention to your league opponents, but due to some of our games were off and it gave me the chance to watch them.
“They will be similar to us because they’ll have a young side as they have a new manager and it should make for a good game.”
In their preparation, Leacock has tried to make his squad more compact and he believes it is starting to pay off.
“We look like a team,” he said. “I have spoken to my players about how I want strong individuals in my team, but we have to have specific patterns of play.
“We have roles for each player and they have all bought into that and when you look at some of our pre-season performances, you can see an identity building.
“We scored some great goals and we have looked quite solid and that is because the boys are buying into what we want them to do.
“It probably took us six weeks before we seen that, but we have had a better pre-season this time around.”
Leacock has retained players from last season and also brought in new players too, including Chris Rackley and Shane Cooper-Clark – both were part of the 2018 FA Vase winning squad.
Speaking about the squad, he said: “We want young and hungry players, but also we need some experience.
“With experience you need the right characters. People that know the club and know how we do things is important.
“Shane and Chris fit that bill and I know them both well. Shane is a legend here, he showed interest in wanting to come back and we know he can score goals.”