Pre-Match: Hucknall Town

The second of tomorrow’s double-header comes at the ground Northern Premier League Division One Southside Hucknall Town – barely seven miles away from Meadow Lane.

I spoke with Anthony Coleman for some quick thoughts from the view of Hucknall Town about the past 12 months at Watnall Road where Notts County will continue their preparations for 2011/12.

What have the last 12 months been like you as a Hucknall Town fan?

Difficult to say the least. The club have suffered from some much-publicised financial problems and were relegated from the Evostick Premier on the last day of the season.

How are expectations of the season ahead of you?

Given the financial problems I think most supporters have realistic expectations of the season ahead. The club have managed to retain the bulk of last seasons squad who are all well equipped for the job, and the management will ensure they give nothing less than 100%.

Which of your players should Notts be wary of in their friendly game?

Grant Ryan showed a lot of promise towards the end of last season. Anthony Griffith Junior can be tricky on his day and Martin Ball won Managers and Players Player of the Year.

And then, who’s the weakest link? Anyone you think might struggle through the afternoon?

It would be unfair to say! I’m sure there will be many new faces on display so i’ll reserve judgement but I just hope the game is a competitive one.

Similarly, how much do you know about Notts? Who would you consider the danger men and who are you not too concerned about?

Stuart Nelson used to play for Hucknall so it would be nice to see him back at Watnall Road. It would be great for the Hucknall public to see Lee Hughes turn out.

Finally, a prediction for the afternoon?

A sunny day, a decent crowd and a 2-2 draw would be nice!

You can catch Anthony at the Hucknall Town FC website or via Twitter,and then back here sometime in the next few days for his post-match thoughts!

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