With the season opener only a few days away its nice to dream, but id prefer to be pragmatic about what the next nine months hold for the Saints.
We will always look to progress and make improvements on last seasons achievements on and off the pitch, but to what extent? With the restructure of the leagues and seeing Bracknell, Thatcham and Highworth get promoted, the Hellenic premier is wide open this season.
The smart money is on Wantage to lead the pack, but keep a close eye out for Roger Herridges Binfield FC.
After a tough physical Pre season for our players, and the hours spent planning, preparing and recruiting from the new coaching team we’re very much looking forward to and prepared to get this current season underway.
With the inevitable departures and arrival of new players, weve seen enough during the pre season games to know we will be a very competitive squad this term. The ambition and aim is to break into the top end of the table, to be more resolute defending, clinical in front of goal and to create an environment rivalled by only the best teams at this level and above.
Jumping on the coat tails of what Kev and the first team achieved last season should benefit us and gives a great platform to work from.
We’ve added some experienced players to the current squad and fed in two of last seasons under 18’s, who look very comfortable at this level.
Having experience players around them to guide and mentor is as important as the work on the training ground, to help make that transition more seamless.
As a team we will never lose sight that we sit at the top of the academy structure and give those that have the right aptitude, commitment and ability to filter through to senior football at the best level we can possibly offer. We’ve worked closely with Kev Squirrel’s current u18’s squad during pre season and will continue to do so, ensuring each lad is given the best opportunity to see and feel the levels that are required of them.
With the main FA Competitions just around the corner it would be great to have a run in either or both FA Cup competitions - the fist of which starts just next week, when we play our fist ever home FA Cup tie (albeit home in only name as it is to be played at Court Place Farm, Oxford).
The buzz the team get from playing in the FA cup cant be underestimated. Our loss in the preliminary round last season highlights this. After missing a golden opportunity to score in the first minute or so, we were undone by a counter attack and were 1-0 down within the first 3 minutes. This turned out to be the first goal in the seasons FA cup and their player was invited to walk the match ball onto the pitch at the FA cup final at Wembley. Thats the narrow margins football operates in at every level.
We’d love to see as many people as possible to come and support the team during the season. There should be a game every Saturday at Brackley this season and hopefully we can mirror the achievements of the first team in our own league