The Chips Are Up And In New Territory – But “We Can Compete” Stresses Boss Collier

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Mark Collier insists his Evo-Stik Southern League record-breakers Chippenham Town aren’t just going to be making up the numbers, as they begin preparations to enter the unknown of the National League South.

The Chips amassed an unprecedented 103 points last season, including a 23-game unbeaten run, which was more than enough to see them lift the title.

Chippenham began pre-season training last night ahead of their debut campaign in the National League South.

 

And former Swindon Supermarines boss Collier has decided to keep faith in his squad from last season, re-signing 16 players.

“It’s not me being friendly and thinking ‘I’ll give them a go because they did so well’. I genuinely think they can compete,” Collier told Pitchero Non-League.

“I haven’t just given the majority of the squad the opportunity to play in the National League South, I think they can match-up at that level.

“Obviously, time will tell and I’m sure there will be some fallouts and there will be some additions as we go. At this moment in time, if the league was to start tomorrow, then we’d be comfortable with the squad we’ve got, with the two or three additions that we’ve made.

“We’re going into the relatively unknown, however, I don’t think we’ll be over-awed by it and I really want the entire club to embrace the challenge that we face.”

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