Joint boss Baldwin backs Wick to brush off 16-0 pre-season friendly defeat

Wick joint boss Lee Baldwin. Picture by Stephen Goodger
Wick joint boss Lee Baldwin. Picture by Stephen Goodger

Wick Football Club joint boss Lee Baldwin has every confidence a crushing 16-0 pre-season friendly defeat at the hands of Chichester City will quickly be forgotten.

Baldwin’s Southern Combination League Division 1 side were dealt a harsh lesson by division-higher SCFL Premier Division Chi.

Wick trailed 5-0 at the break in Saturday’s friendly at Crabtree Park then conceded a further 11 times as they were on the wrong end of a thumping.

Earlier in pre-season, Wick recorded an impressive 3-2 triumph over City’s league rivals East Preston and Baldwin is not overly concerned by the 16-0 defeat.

He said: “I’ve been inundated with banter texts but it was a brilliant run out. They completely passed us off the park.

“We were dead on our feet. People forget pre-season is all about fitness.

“We had six players missing and drafted in some under-18s They were able to bring on six or seven at half time. They brought on a Romanian who scored eight goals in 35 minutes!”

Wick’s heavy defeat was not the biggest of the weekend - let alone pre-season - as Premier League Everton dismantled Austrian minnows ATV Irding 22-0 in new manager Marco Silva’s first game in charge.

Joint boss Baldwin, who will work along side former Littlehampton Town manager Ady Baker, has lost Ryan Barratt and Ash Hawkes - to Pagham and Arundel respectively - but has strengthened his squad over the past few weeks.

Defender Danny Hand has signed as has Tyler Hope, while Lee Bradshaw has agreed on a return to Crabtree Park.

Joint manager Baldwin revealed his business is not done there though as he targets another two or three additions to add to the squad. He added: “We’ve set up a tough pre-season against sides from higher leagues for harder tests. We’re testing a new shape, seeing how it looks.”

Wick will be looking to bounce back as they welcome Wessex League Premier Division side Horndean to Crabtree Park (7.30pm).

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