05:00PM, Thursday 04 August 2022
Photo: Grace Scott
Assistant boss Ryan Peters says Maidenhead United aren’t going into the new National League season simply to make up the numbers and revealed they're determined to try and push on from last season's 17th placed finish.
After a mixed pre-season which saw them defeat Brentford's B team, perform creditably well against Reading, but also lose to National League South sides Hungerford Town and Farnborough, United kick off their campaign at Notts County on Saturday.
They'll head into the new season with a squad that's been relatively 'unscathed' by injuries, but without last season's top scorer, Josh Kelly, who's moved to Solihull Moors.
Peters said: “We haven’t read too much into the results at all.
“There have been some pre-seasons where we’ve won every single game and had a poor start in the league, and there have been some where we’ve lost every game and had a great start in the league.
“For us, pre-season is just about making sure the boys get enough minutes in the tank so that they are fully fuelled ready for the first game of the season.
“We have got through pre-season pretty much unscathed with regards to injuries too which is what we wanted.
“The start of the season isn’t going to be easy. We’ve got some tough opponents, but we relish those matches.
“We have been keeping an eye on Notts County and they were difficult last year, but they look even more challenging this year.
“They are going to be a force to be reckoned with but like I said before, we relish those games. We love going to the big clubs because it’s a good chance for us to prove to them, and ourselves, just how good we are in this league.
“We’re not just a team to make up the numbers this season, we are going out there to get as many points as we can.”
Peters says that Alan Devonshire is happy with the squad he's got at his disposal, however, the manager revealed last week that they had some ‘irons in the fire’ with regards to making a signing or two.
And if it appears they’re lacking a cutting edge in their early season matches, they could well be tempted to delve into the transfer market.
“Every year we have lost an important goal scorer or one of our best players, it’s the nature of the beast unfortunately,” said Peters.
“But we know when one boy leaves, and good luck to the boy, we will bring someone else in that is going to be able to fill the gap,” said Peters.
“At the moment, the gaffer is very, very happy with his squad and we all still believe there are enough goals in the team. But, of course, if there is a player available, we believe can help and benefit us then we will bring them in.
“There is no transfer window of such, and we can bring boys in as we see fit this season.
“I don’t know if you remember but the year before last, we brought in Rohan Ince a fair way into the season, and he ended up being a terrific addition.
“We will do the same if needs be but as I said before, the gaffer is happy, more than happy with who he’s got right now.
“He wants to give them a chance to impress.”