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Sykes Ready To Renew Old Acquaintances

Alex Sykes, joint manager of Calor League Division One South & West club Shortwood United, is looking forward to renewing some old acquaintances when his team face Forest Green Rovers in pre-season action tonight.

A one-time record appearance maker for Rovers in the Football Conference, Sykes (pictured) is newly installed as joint boss at Meadowbank, working alongside former Rovers boss John Evans.

Looking forward to catching up with some friendly faces tonight, Sykes hopes that the clash (7.30pm) can help to foster a strong relationship between the two clubs.

"It's always a nice thing when I get to play against Forest Green and it always brings back memories of a great time for me," Sykes said.

"It will also be good to catch up with Dave (Hockaday) and Scott (Bartlett) and some of the players who I know quite well.

"It will be great to catch up with them and it would be nice to have a few at the ground to show what the team on the other side of the hill is all about too.

"We would love it if when Forest Green are away and we are at home for some of their fans to come along and support us."

Sykes is also hoping a strong relationship between the two clubs will see Shortwood used as first call for any of the Rovers young guns should Hockaday decide to send them out on loan.

Young winger Saul Williams spent time at Sykes' former club Bishop's Cleeve last season and the Wood joint boss believes that move was a win-win for all parties.

"The more of a link we can have between the clubs the better. Dave was very happy with what we were able to do with Saul Williams at Cleeve last year, the way I looked after him," Sykes said.

"Hopefully that trust as well as the close proximity of the two clubs can help foster a good relationship.

"If there are lads that are staying around Stroud and training full-time but not in the first team then we can be a good place for them to come and get some games for a month or two."

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