Buckingham Town manager Neil Griffiths is optimistic ahead of the new season following his team’s impressive start to pre-season.
The Robins won their opening friendly 3-1 against Grendon Rangers before beating Mursley United 2-0, with goals from Pat Diamond and Domenic Schembre, and Stony Stratford 5-1.
Griffiths, who took over in January, said: “This has been the best pre-season I’ve had as a manager, things are heading in the right direction.
“Gary Flinn, Ben Hill, Andy Whyte, Grant Smith, Mike Griffiths, Deb Griffiths and Darren Seaton have all worked their socks off over the last few weeks with pre-season to make it the success it has been so far.
“We have had numbers in the area of 25 to 30 at training, the quality from that quantity has been exceptional.
“My concern is how we retain them all as every player will have something to offer the football club, we need to build a squad mentality where it isn’t purely on being in that starting 11 but knowing you’re a part of an ambitious club and that your role is important no matter what it may be.
“We’ve added new faces, which are: Patrick Scholte, Matt Fessey, Jordan Simons, Chris Pendry, Ryan Walker, Adam Pryke, Jack Leadbitter, Nick Mentiply, Sirghie Ovidiu, Fuad Ahmed, Akin Iluyemi, Myles Braham, Dean Torto, Tariq Kotey, Chezney Johnson, Aaron Murrell and Dom Schembre.
“These players massively compliment what was here from last season as we have retained Dan Lydiatt, Pat Diamond, Alfie Mace, Carl Knox, Joe O’Regan, Ben Shepherd, Ieuen Riley and Dom Marsala.”
Despite this, Griffiths is aware of the challenges facing his team ahead of the new season following last year’s disappointing campaign.
He added: “As good as all the optimism and promise is, we would be foolish to think the season ahead will be plain sailing.
“As a collective we will have plenty to contend with in the coming 10 months. There is plenty of hard work ahead but it will be enjoyable.
“We want to be challenging at the right end of the table and to make Buckingham Town FC the place where players want to play their football.”
Buckingham entertain Old Bradwell United today at 3pm before hosting Kempston Rovers on Tuesday.