The North West Counties Football League
Published 6th August 2011
The Bucks begin their season by welcoming Stone Dominoes to the Delta Taxis Stadium – part of a hectic opening month which will see them play eight fixtures in little more than three weeks.
O’Brien’s side finished last season in sixth place, a full thirty points adrift of champions New Mills, and have been busy in the summer, using no fewer than twenty-six players in their seven pre-season friendly matches.
Boss O’Brien says spirits are high at the club, and admits he expects to see his side challenging at the top end of the table.
“We are looking forward to getting started,” he said.
“It has been a busy month after what felt like an age away, but we have done well.
“We had three tough games against Vauxhall Motors, Burscough and Marine, and had two draws and a narrow defeat (to Vauxhall). We worked hard and only conceded twice in open play, so we did really well. We have big expectations this season – I can’t hide that.
“We probably knew in the last couple of seasons that we wouldn’t be winning the league, but with the squad we are assembling this season I think we have the potential to challenge.”
O’Brien’s squad will have a new look to it this season. Out have gone a number of old faces, including striker Darren Byers, who has joined Marine, but the Bootle boss says he has been impressed by a quartet of new signings. We have brought in some great lads,” he revealed.
“Jamie O’Brien has come in from Liverpool County Premier League champions Waterloo Dock and done well. Lee Thompson has come in, and has played at a very good level with Warrington and the likes.
“Then we have a young lad Tom Foley who has come from Maghull, where he scored for fun last season, and Liam Rushden, who has been in and around the Marine side for the last few seasons. They are all good players, and give us a good mix of experience and youth.”