United manager Gary Johnson was in positive mood as he reflected on the release of the 2019/20 fixtures.
“Over the years I’ve learned just to accept what comes out. Of course we were pretty sure that we’d end up with my old club, Yeovil, over Christmas and New Year, that’s not far to travel at that time. You look at the first game of the season, we went there in the cup at Boreham Wood, and I thought we played well. We’ve got them at home and I always like home games to start.”
Johnson was also quick to note a mammoth away trip for United on the final day of the season.
“You look at the away game, and that’s a long old trip. If we can win the league before the last away game, then we can send up the youth team and all go on holiday!” remarked Johnson, jokingly.
“There are certain teams you look at, like Woking, but they all come round at some stage, and I’m always excited when they come out. I always look at the first few games, there’s always a difficult game in all the groups of games, so we don’t know who the strong ones are going to be yet. We just have to take it as it comes, and take it one at a time.
“Once you’ve got the fixtures, then you start thinking ‘Right, we’ve got to get ready’. I’m looking forward to Boreham Wood, that’s the one we’re now setting our sights on, and obviously the Tuesday after when we go to Solihull Moors, because they did very well. They’ll both be very good tests for us.
“There’s eight games in August, you’ve nearly done a quarter of the season. I always say, it’s very important, August, and we’ve got to make sure we’re challenging.”