Phil Babb has stressed the importance of Hayes & Yeading’s players getting used to their new Maidenhead home before the big kick-off.
Hayes & Yeading will be playing most of their pre-season warm-up fixtures away from home, starting on July 19 at Fleet Town, but have arranged one match at York Road.
They will take on St Neot’s Town in Berkshire on August 2 and manager Babb believes it would prove an essential exercise.
“It will be important,” Babb said.
“There’s a couple of things the players need to do and the first thing is to work out their timings. We need them to work out how long it takes them to get there because we don’t want them turning up late.
“Secondly, they need to familiarise themselves with their surroundings so they know where they are going and what they are doing. That’s why having at least one game there will be important. I’ve not been down there yet this season but I’ve no doubt it’ll be a good surface.”
Hayes & Yeading will play six pre-season fixtures in all and Babb’s philiosophy is to ease the players back into the game rather than pushing them too hard.
“Pre-season friendlies are what they are,” continued the former Liverpool defender.
“Some managers want to play up to 10 games. I’ve never been a fan of that and I look at our conditioning last year and we only played six or seven friendlies last year - so we’ll do the same this year.
“All managers have different ideas and I don’t mind who we play because it’s not about the opposition for me, it’s about our preparation for the new season.”
On Saturday, August 12, they will travel to St Albans City, who were promoted from the Southern Premier, where United would be playing their football this season if not reprieved from relegation.