Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League
Published 3rd August 2012
Centre half Chris Brock, who the Hornets signed last week from Walsham-le-Willows, pulled up in a 5-0 win over Needham Market apprentices on Tuesday with a hamstring complaint.
Manager Dale Vince will have fewer options at his disposal to replace Brock this campaign after Debenham dropped their reserve side, but he hopes a healthy dose of squad rotation can have them challenging for promotion.
Vince said: “I know it’s going to be incredibly hard to keep people happy, but it should give us a good chance to freshen things up.
“It should spur us on if we can have rotation because everyone is playing on merit.”
As well as picking up Brock, Vince has raided Walsham this summer to sign Lewis Kemp and also secured deals for former Melton St Audrys duo James Bradbrook and Daniel Hemmings-Smith.
Ross White has also returned from travelling to join the Hornets, and showed his potential with an excellent goal in Debenham’s 5-0 win over Needham Market Apprentices on Tuesday.
James Heathcote and Jack Seccombe also bagged doubles, following up a 5-3 success over Suffolk & Ipswich League side Stanton from Saturday.
Heathcote was also on target in that, with strike partner Nathan Vincent and an unfortunate Stanton defender finding the back of the net twice apiece.
And with a goal bonanza to end pre-season, Vince is looking forward to his side opening their Thurlow Nunn First Division campaign against March Town United at Maitlands tomorrow.
“March will be a tough team again,” said Vince.
“They proved it last season by finishing above us.
“I’m looking for a really positive performance from the boys and in all the pre-season games we have played, we have shown we’ve got reason to be positive.”
Although no direct expectations have been set by Vince, he would like to emulate last campaign’s promoted duo of Godmanchester Rovers and Thetford Town by getting off to a flying start.
“We obviously want to win as many games as we can,” said the Hornets’ chief. “As long as you are winning games you are breeding confidence and if we could build a good run it would build a good feeling at the club.”