FOOTBALL LEAGUE PAIR SET TO VISIT KIMBERLEY - Saltash United ready to test themselves against Argyle and Boro

FOOTBALL LEAGUE PAIR SET TO VISIT KIMBERLEY - Saltash United ready to test themselves against Argyle and Boro

Ryan Lowe (centre) will pit his Plymouth Argyle squad against Saltash United this evening (Wednesday) PICTURE: DAVE CRAWFORD/PPAUK

14th July 2021

By Gareth Davies

Saltash United boss Dane Bunney says that his players are relishing the challenge of facing two Football League clubs over the next seven days.

Firstly, Bunney’s side will face local rivals Plymouth Argyle at Kimberley this evening (Wednesday) with the match now kicking off at 7.30 pm. Argyle were scheduled to play both Saltash and Tavistock at the same time but the match against the Lambs will now take place at Langsford Park this coming Saturday (July 24).

Next Monday, it will be a Championship club that visits Kimberley with Neil Warnock making his traditional sojourn to Cornwall, with the Yorkshireman now in charge of Middlesbrough.

Previewing the Argyle match first, Bunney told the Voice: “It is always good fun playing against Argyle and I am sure it will be a good run out for the lads. “

“It will be a different kind of football because it will be one of those games where we don’t see much of the ball in theory. It gives us an opportunity to work on how we approach games where we know we are not going to have the ball so much in terms of shape and positional play.

“The big one for the game will be getting minutes into the lads after playing at the weekend for the first time. “Ryan [Lowe] is getting his players up to speed too and he’s at the other end of the scale because he is going to have the majority of the ball.

He will have to get his players ready for the start of new season, so he won’t want too many of his starting 11 for the opening day just sitting on the bench.

“I know they have other friendlies against professional outfits to come and Ryan will just be looking to build things up, just like we are.”

Looking further forward to the Middlesbrough match, Bunney added: “It will be another nice experience and another challenge for our off the ball work. Equally, what we do when we’ve got the ball will be key. We might have to wait long periods to get the ball back, but overall, two great experiences for my players and two good games to play in.”

“All roads lead to July 31 and that is what these games are for.” Sandwiched between the matches against Argyle and Boro, the Ashes will host a Manchester United legends side with Bunney revealing that putting on a game of this magnitude demonstrates the standing in which his club are held in local football circles.

“It is a festival of football and it’s not been easy,” Bunney remarked. “We haven’t got a huge number of volunteers, nor are we experienced at hosting games with sizeable crowds. In terms of the football, its fantastic because we go from playing behind closed doors, to be putting on big events. It is a reflection of where Saltash are in terms of stature in the non-league football community.”

Away from the rigours of pre-season games, Saltash were also handed their fate in next season’s FA Cup with Bunney’s side travelling to near neighbours Millbrook in the extrapreliminary round on August 7.

The winners will then face Willand Rovers away from home with Bunney dismissing the notion from some quarters that Saltash will be favourites for their Millbrook clash.

“We had a local rival last year in Parkway and Millbrook will be equally as difficult,” he said. “It is a tricky place to go to and they are a good team. We will go down there trying to recreate the spirit of last season in the FA Cup which excited everybody at the time. “

“We won’t consider ourselves as favourites for the game because we have been knocked out of the Walter Parsons Cup and lost a friendly to them in recent times. We will approach the game like we have something to prove.”