— Pete Murden (@pete_murden) August 1, 2017
Hemsworth Miners Welfare boss Wayne Benn believes his side can improve due to the transfers they have made.
Last season Hemsworth finished the campaign 9th in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier with 65 points. Benn is hopeful they can build on that with the additions they have made.
“I’m feeling very optimistic about the season ahead. Like most people at this time of year I’m happy to be back with the lads. We have worked hard in pre-season and can’t wait for the season to get started.
“The lads reported back in good shape and their attitudes towards the hard work has been really pleasing.
“After a reasonable 1st season in NCEL Premier I feel that the experience of last season will stand us in good stead. Our players are a year older and a year wiser and that should bring about a natural improvement both individually and collectively.
“We have established ourselves at higher level relatively well and the aim now is to continue the progress that we have shown over the last three seasons.”
Benn says the Toolstation Northern Counties East League will be as competitive as ever.
“I think the league this season will be as competitive as ever. Cleethorpes won the league quite comfortably last season and I could be wrong but I don’t see any team running away with it this time. There are quite a few sides who will think they have a good chance of promotion.
“Some sides are spending big money. In fact there seems to be quite a few sides in both divisions throwing money around. Fair play to them but the good thing about football is that it’s not always the teams that have the most money who are successful.”
While Benn will not set out a target in public, he believes improvements can be made.
“I have a very talented squad of players that will only improve and I expect is to do very well.
Hemsworth start their season in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round away to Runcorn Linnets on Saturday.