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Adams pleased with Stalybridge test

5 July 2022

Manager Derek Adams says getting the minutes into the legs of 17 players was what Tuesday night’s game against Stalybridge Celtic was all about.

The Shrimps came from a goal down to win 2-1 with goals from Dylan Connolly and Arthur Gnahoua turning the game on its head late on, and Adams has paid tribute to their non-league opposition. 

“We got 17 players a game and that was what it was all about, we worked really hard at the running track and on the pitch as well, so it was good for the side to get into competitive action,” he said. 

“It was good for them, as the opposition in Stalybridge Celtic worked hard, they changed a lot of players throughout the 90 minutes and it was a really good work out for us. 

“It was a really difficult surface for us but that is always the case when there hasn’t been a lot of rain, but it was great for the players to be back on the grass, they have worked extremely hard since they came back in on June 22.” 

New players such as Donald Love, Max Melbourne, Farrend Rawson, Connor Ripley and Caleb Watts had their first run outs for the side, and Adams was pleased with their displays at Bower Fold. 

“It is difficult for any player when they are at a new club, they don’t understand the players they are playing with but they all acquitted themselves well and I thought that they looked the part, they will do well for us," added Adams. 

“We have done well [in the transfer window] so far, we have still got a bit to do to get the new signings through the door, we have offers on the tables for a number of players. 

“We are waiting on a number of clubs to come back to us whether we can take players either on loan or on permanent and we have been doing that a number of days and weeks now, we are at that stage where we need to get that sorted now."

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