Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tipton St John held their final training session on Wednesday night prior to launching their Fresha League Division One campaign at East Budleigh tomorrow (Saturday).
Dave Strawbridge has a busy first week of the new season as his team also make the short trip to Sidbury United for a local derby next Wednesday (August 28) before playing their first home game a week tomorrow (August 31) with the visit of Alphington.
Strawbridge is confident about the new season, which he hopes will be a lot better than the last campaign.
He said: “We disappointed last year, but many things went against us. I am looking at this season as being the start of the re-building process at the club. This pre-season there’s been an extra yard in the players it seems and there’s a confidence around the club that wasn’t there last term. We have kept the bulk of last years squad but added two or three and I believe that will make us both stronger and more competitive. We also have a number of promising youngsters who have had a year’s experience and they will be better for that. I think one or two of the younger lads will make names for themselves this season.”
Neil Gooding will skipper the side this year.
Strawbridge also revealed just why the pre-season build-up has gone so well.
The Tipton boss said: “We have had Chris Webster running the sessions and he has been a breath of fresh air. He has certainly given us some great ideas that I am looking forward to being put into practice this season.”
He continued: “We have played some very good opposition in the pre-season period and done well against the likes of Beer Albion and Seaton Town, neither of whom gave us a run around and that’s all good for the confidence.”