John Coleman is looking forward to another test for his team tonight as they take on Nelson in the second of back-to-back away friendlies with non-league opposition.
The Stanley boss was pleased with the performance last night as his men won 3-0 at AFC Darwen and is now calling on those not utilised at the Anchor Ground to do the same.
The Admirals, like last night’s opponents, are preparing for the season in the Northwest Counties Premier Division and Coley plans to treat this game in the same way.
“It was quite a strong side against Darwen and it’ll be another strong side at Nelson,” he said. “It’s likely to be all first team players. It’ll give the lads who didn’t play at Darwen the chance to get another 90 minutes under their belt.
“These games are always good and because Jimmy and I have been on the other side of these games as the non-league side we appreciate what our opponents are trying to do and trying to achieve. We have to approach the games in the right way. At Darwen we did, we need to do the same at Nelson.”
Meanwhile, the manager confirmed that he will soon make decisions on the trialists currently training and playing with the team.
The likes of former Motherwell defender Adam Cummins and St Kitts and Nevis international winger Jason St Juste have appeared in the first few friendlies but decisions will be made sooner rather than later on their futures.
“We have to be fair to the lads on trial and not keep them too long,” explained Coleman. “We’ll be speaking to everyone by the weekend.”
Kick off at Nelson FC’s Victoria Park is 7:45pm this evening. Admission is £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and students and accompanied under 12’s are free.