WEALDSTONE boss Gordon Bartlett won't mind being the centre of attention at his testimonial match with Watford on Saturday - but only after 4:45pm.
Many of Bartlett's friends from 25 years of management in the non-league game are expected at the game at Grosvenor Vale to celebrate the Stones boss's 14 years and 955 games with the club.
But to Bartlett, the game is first and foremost about preparing his side for the new season. He said: "We certainly don't want to make it all into a big thing about me. It'll be nice to see some old faces and have a reminisce and a drink with them in the bar afterwards, but predominantly this is part of our preparation for the Ryman League in a month's time. The result isn't important but the performance will be."
Bartlett will use the game to field some of the half dozen new faces he is running the rule over prior to finalising his squad for the new campaign, while others might get their opportunity in Tuesday's other big friendly with Leeds.