Ashton & Backwell all set for the new season

PUBLISHED: 17:36 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 01 August 2017

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Ashton & Backwell United start the new season with a home fixture against Welton Rovers (3pm) at the Lancer Scott Stadium.

Ashton & Backwell United kick off the new season in the Toolstation Western League this Saturday, at the Lancer Scott Stadium versus Welton Rovers (3pm).

United begin with a new management team of former Chippenham Town player Paul Waring and Richard Ford, who played for Nottingham Forest, Torquay and Forest Green.

Waring said: “Both Rich and myself were heavily involved in last year’s campaign so the players will have continuity in ‘the messages’ that we have been trying to implement with discipline being a major talking point.

“All of the regular squad that got us to seventh place finish last year have been retained except for George Saunders who is currently travelling the globe.

“We have recruited a couple of old faces back to the club in Harry Walker and Connor Biggins and introduced a quality striker in Ross Higginson, along with young players Liam Villis, Regan Sollars and Taylor Walker, who we expect to have bright futures in the game, all are capable of playing at the higher echelons of non-league football.

“We feel that we have a strong enough squad to cope with the rigours of what tends to be an unrelenting Western League season and we fully expect everybody to play their part.

“We have had a busy pre-season programme of training and friendlies, including last week’s wake-up call in the 3-1 defeat to Nailsea United.

“The players have shown great commitment and attitude to the new season, right from the first training session, and have given some decent performances that has pleasantly surprised us, so we go into this coming season with cautious optimism.

“Our aim is to bring entertaining attacking football for you all to enjoy. We go into game against Welton with a near full-strength squad to pick from, bar the suspended Aaron Allen, Jake Flower, Regan Sollers (both injured) and Aaron Read (holiday).”

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