The Ryman Football League
Published 31st May 2012
.....Ryman League Division One North football next year.
Following their all-conquering Essex Senior League campaign last year, Witham have had their place in Ryman Division One North confirmed after the constitution of the league was finally revealed on Friday.
But far from getting carried away with the joy of their promotion, Town boss Kimble knows the hard work is only just starting and he is preparing a comprehensive pre-season programme for his players this summer. Games against Blue Square Bet Premier neighbours Braintree Town, npower League One side Colchester United, Essex Senior Cup winners Canvey Island and Ryman League Premier Division new boys Leiston are among a testing set of summer fixtures ahead of Witham’s own league start on August 18TH.
Kimble said he has managed to renew the contracts of Danny Lopez, Billy Hunt and Lewis Godbold after their successful seasons last year and he has also confirmed with the other members of his squad that they will be involved again next time around.
He said: “I’m glad that I’ve managed to get the three on contract to re-sign and I have spoken to all the other lads in the squad, who have all said they are happy to come back.
“I wanted to keep the squad together after what we achieved last year and I believe they’re good enough to compete in the Ryman League.
“But I do think I need a couple of extra more experienced players to add even more strength and I’m looking at players who have played at that level and will give us more depth in the right areas.
“We aren’t that far away and I know we will compete, but they will know from when they come back to training on July 3rd that they have to hit the ground running.
“We can’t have anyone slacking at the back and they have to show me right from the start how much they want it.”
With that in mind, Kimble said he will employ a fitness coach over the summer to make sure his players are sharp enough for the step up.
He has also appointed former Maldon & Tiptree joint-manager Brad King to work with Johnny Ray as joint-assistant boss next season.
“Brad will bring some more experience to the coaching team as he has managed in the Ryman League before,” added Kimble.
“It’s a lot of work for just Johnny and me and we needed a third person.”