‘Every other team is getting to play four or five pre-seasons, we just get the one, but we will take anything at the moment,’ said Reynolds ahead of two matches in one day for his 30-plus mix of Raiders and Vikings men at Westcombe Park today.
It promises to be a hard test for Reynolds’ men, who may be a division ahead of opposition they know well from their climb up the ranks but who are coming on strong themselves having won promotion.
Reynolds, who saw their August Siam Cup clash with Jersey lost to Covid, admitted getting the game off the ground has not been easy.
‘It has been a hard slog to get this sorted, but it is much needed with the season coming up on the fourth [of September].
‘It has been a long time [since we played]. The boys are excited, we [the coaches] are excited and one of the hardest things this week has been to tell them not to get too excited, but that’s difficult because the boys are really keen to get stuck in.’
The Raiders head coach said it was ‘all about getting minutes under the belt for the guys’.
‘We can work as hard as we need to at training, but it does not always replicate what happens in a game. So this weekend is all about getting the maximum minutes we can.
‘Minimum game time [per player] will be around the 60min. mark, or maybe 40 minutes.
‘If we can get that out of them and then we hit it out again on the 28th at an inter-club game, we hope that will be enough to take us into the season. But we play the cards we get dealt.’