MELKSHAM Town boss Keiran Baggs hopes to see plenty of supporters at the INFiLED Arena on Saturday as the club welcome Swindon Town.

The game will kick off at 11:30am on Saturday, due to England’s World Cup clash with Sweden taking place in the afternoon.

The game also signifies the first pre-season friendly for Melksham and Baggs is hoping to see plenty of people at the Southern League side for both the friendly and the England game, which will be shown big screens within the stadium.

“I’m looking forward to seeing where we are and what we need to do before the start of the season,” said Baggs.

“I’m not going to look too much into the performances against the likes of Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers and Chippenham Town because the levels are very far apart.

“Fitness levels, sharpness off the ball, how we communicate and how the new signings fit in are all things I’ll be keeping an eye on.

“It’s exciting for the Melksham fans to see the Swindon Town players play, but also it is a good chance to see our signings in action on Saturday.

“It’ll be a brilliant day for everyone. You get to see Swindon Town which is a professional football club.

“I think both clubs have done everything that they can to appease the England fans so people can go upstairs and hopefully see the boys do the business over Sweden.”

Baggs revealed his players have now been in pre-season training for a week and says 80 per cent of the players are at a decent level.

The Melksham boss says he has spoken to those who are slightly off the standard and says the club cannot afford to carry players in their squad this year, as they prepare for Southern League football.

“I think around 80 per cent of the squad have come back looking sharp and hungry to show me they want to be playing week in week out.

“There are a couple of people who need to do a bit more and they know who they are. They have six weeks to get themselves ready for selection and if they’re not ready, we can’t afford to be carrying anyone.

“Fitness levels are going to be really important this year and that is one thing every player is going to be able to look after themselves.”