Wendron United manager Michael O’Neill previews the Newquay game

Wendron United manager Michael O’Neill believes his side are in a “very good place” heading into the new South West Peninsula League West season.

Dron was the only absentee from the first round of matches but will play his first game on Wednesday August 10 when he travels to Mount Wise Stadium to face Newquay AFC.

Newquay, also known as the Peppermints, shared the curtain-raising points with a 1-1 draw against Bude at the weekend.

Asked if he had an eye on other results while his side weren’t playing, Wendron boss O’Neill replied: “Yeah I did. I think both first few weeks are going to be funny in terms of different teams finding their feet and what kind of momentum the opposition have gotten from pre-season.

“I don’t think you can read much into it, but three points on day one are the same as at the end of the season. I was keeping an eye on them but wasn’t too worried.”

“We’re definitely ready for that, the team looks solid. We don’t have any additional injuries, we have a few missing players but nothing that I don’t think as a team that we won’t be able to to manage.

“I also have total confidence in the guys coming in. We’re really well placed, I’m really looking forward to it.”

The pre-season was a successful one for Dron, who lost just one of his six matches in the build-up to the campaign with a 5-1 loss to expected West League top-flighter Mousehole. Besides that heavy defeat, four wins and a draw set Dron up for the season ahead with wins over Porthleven, Plymouth Argyle Development, Royal Navy U23 and Mousehole Development. While they shared the honors at Ivybridge.

Underlane has also been a hub of activity on the transfer front, with four new acquisitions to come with Ryan Reeve and Russell May both joining from recently folded Penryn Athletic, while Jacob Cleverly has left Penzance and Cam Quirke will join in September on a double-base signing with United Services Portsmouth who play at tier five.

Previewing their season opener on the North Coast, Mike O’Neill expects Newquay to be an exciting side this campaign, he said: “Pre-season results are hard to come by. read.

“But based on our previous experiences against them and knowing the players they have in their squad, they will still be an exciting team this year.

“We won’t take anything for granted, we had a great game there last year and that was the start of our run and our push to the top of the league.

“I will look to use that as an inspiration to get us on the right lap from the first game.

We certainly won’t take anything from their pre-season results or their Matchday 1 result against Bude for granted. We will be ready and prepared for them.”

Kick off in Newquay is 7.30am at Mount Wise Stadium TR7 2BU

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