July 22, 2018

HELLENIC LEAGUE: Shrivy boss McNally targets positive start

Shrivenham boss Michael McNally is looking for a positive start when his side kick-off their Hellenic Division One West campaign on Saturday, writes Josh Bird.

The Barrington Park side face a tough opening assignment with a trip to Clanfield 85.

And McNally knows that an opening-day three points won’t be easy to come by but still wants his side to get off to a fast start.

“It’s going to be a tough game, I think they (Clanfield) are one of the favourites to go well this year,” he said.

“I thought they were one of the hardest teams to play against last year.

“They beat us home and away so we know it’s going to be a very tough game.

“If we play to our capabilities and everyone works for each other, I’m confident we can go there and get a positive result.”

McNally has also been satisfied with how pre-season has gone despite a mix of results in their six scheduled friendlies.

“I’d say out of the six friendlies, it has only been 45 minutes where we haven’t done great,” he said.

“Other than that we have competed well and there have been more positives than negatives.”

Many of the faces from last seasons squad have returned including youngsters Fraser Little, Tyler Johnson and James Rainer.

And with the addition of some more experienced players such as Danny Hale from Fairford, McNally hopes they will prosper and iron out their problems with consistency from last season as he targets a top four finish.

“Hopefully with another year in adults football they will benefit and come on more this season,” he said.

“We’ve also added Danny Hale, an experienced centre forward and Josh Fowler to add to our firepower so I’m pleased about that.

“We did lack consistency (last season), I thought on our day we were as good as anybody in the league.

“As long as the lads start to believe a bit more and realise what I want out of each game, I think we’ll be fine.

“I’d like to finish in and around the top four if possible, like probably all the other teams.

“If we do get off to a good start and the penny drops for a lot of the young lads, then you never know.”

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