BUCKINGHAM Athletic manager Damien Wiffin has set his side the target of finishing inside the top 10 in SSML Division One.
Having started the season well, Athletic have since struggled to maintain their early season form but Wiffin is happy with the progress made following some recent good form.
He said: “We started the season really promisingly. We got 10 points from our first four games and we began strongly but we’ve since had a blip.
“We have regrouped. The target before the start of the season was top half and we are bang in the middle so we’re on course for that.
“We went out of the County Cup a bit tamely, we lost to a team in the league below us which was disappointing. We’re still in the Challenge Cup but that’s a difficult cup to win with all three leagues in it.
“All in all, it’s been a good season so far. The squad has progressed and come on.”
While Wiffin is aiming to build a squad that can win promotion to the Premier Division, off the field the club are in a healthy situation to maintain a top SSML club.
Wiffin added: “We’re in a great position off the field. The infrastructure is all there with the changing rooms in place. We’re building for the future.
“My ultimate aim is to get the club to the Premier Division. We’ve brought in a lot of quality youth players, I think I’ve used seven youth players this season.
“The target this season is to now finish top 10 and go as high as we can because in the last few years we’ve been struggling near relegation.
“There are a lot of young, promising players at the club – we finished a game a few weeks ago with two 16-year-olds and an 18-year-old on the pitch.”
This weekend Athletic will be desperate to get back in action when they visit Chesham United Reserves tomorrow after recent poor weather has seen several matches postponed.
Wiffin added: “It’s extremely frustrating because the fixture list is becoming congested. The hardest part is keeping people together and motivated.”