As part of our ongoing campaign to ‘Get Behind the Eagles’ we get a behind-the-scenes look at how the club prepares for their first team fixtures.
With exclusive access to a training session and their physio room the T&C highlights the important technical work the manager and his backroom staff undertake with Bedford Town’s first team squad - this week preparing them for this Saturday’s 3pm Southern League Central clash with Egham Town at the Eyrie.
Eagles boss Craig Adams said: “The training pitches are set up for the lads to work for the outcomes we are looking for, issues which have affected us in previous games for us to improve or sharpen up on. We start off with a nice short sharp warm-up with lots of ball work. We get the boys into an environment where the mood is bubbly before we get them into technical work. For example during tonight’s session we worked on defensive techiques, how to defend crosses, individually and collectively.
“Once we’ve done the hard work we have a vote for the ‘worst trainer’ who has to wear the shirt for the next session as punishment.I get home at 11pm once I’ve spoken to the lads and briefed them on what I expect us to do in our next game. It’s a long day but the joys are hopefully showing the results of what we’ve worked on in training on matchday.”
Club captain Daniel Burke said: “We want to finish as high as we can. We get a good crowd here. I’d ask them to keep supporting us so we can deliver a few more wins for them.”
Striker Scott Cross, who was receiving treatment from the club physio on soft tissue damage to his ankle said: “I can’t train tonight but our physio is working hard on me. We train twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday.” Judging by the merciless one-liners coming from his teammates who walk past Scott as he lies on the treatment table it’s safe to say he was the prime target of some good-natured ribbing from his pals on the night we visited. Part-time footballer Scott ignores the comments with a smile explaining: “I play football for the love of the game and to win, and I enjoy the banter with the lads.”
Their hard work and team-spirit are an indication the Eagles firmly believe they can turn their season around. As their passionate football manager Adams says: “We are a work in progress, we graft in training and in games. We’re trying our best and we’ll do everything we can to do well.”