The Ryman Football League
Published 17th August 2012
Ray was speaking on the eve of the new season which sees his team face a tough-looking trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday.
Hastings have flirted with relegation in all but one season since they made the step up to the Premier and Ray is desperate to see that change.
“We want to push on. We don’t want to be struggling at the bottom, we should be challenging in the top half of the league,” he said.
Hastings have secured the services of the majority of last season’s squad and added the likes of full-back Elliott Cox, former Brighton youth skipper Tom Vickers and pacey forward Dee Okojie, as well as Rye United duo Jono Richardson and Liam Upton. Anthony Storey, who played a couple of pre-season games, has not been retained.
“Whether it’s home or away Hampton is going to be tough,” Ray went on. “They’ve come down from Conference South and they’ve still got a good squad.
“We are going to play the way we always play. We are going to be attacking, bright and look to get at them early. I’m not going to change the way we play to suit other teams.”