Shaun Cunnington wants his Halesowen Town side to hit the ground running when they kick-off their….
…Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West campaign.
The Yeltz have been handed a huge boost ahead of their trip to Paulton Rovers by the news Aaron Lescott has agreed to sign.
The experienced full-back, who played thirty-four times for Walsall last season, put pen-to-paper on a deal Tuesday night.
His arrival caps off an encouraging pre-season for Cunnington’s men, though the manager says they must be at their best for the trip to Paulton.
He said: “I’ve managed to get a bit of information on them. They seem to be a decent outfit.
“We will certainly have to go down there and be at our best.
“It’s going to be a tough season for us in this division, make no mistake. There is a lot of travelling and at some games there is going to be very little away support.
“But I’m a firm believe you have to go into every season thinking you can challenge and we will aim to be in the mix.
“We are at the early stages of rebuilding a side but to get someone of Aaron Lescott’s experience and ability is a real boost and testimony to the direction the club is now heading.”
That direction is definitely now up and with current discussions centred around players and tactics, it’s often difficult to believe it was only three months ago the club’s very existence was in serious question.
Under new owner Steve Lynch, supporters and volunteers have begun the task of rebuilding the club’s shattered reputation while Cunnington – who performed a minor miracle last term in helping the club complete the campaign – has had the chance to build a squad free from the constant uncertainty which clouded the previous regime.
Almost inevitably, there will be more scrutiny focused on the pitch this year but Cunnington says the pressure stays the same.
He added: “I always feel it does not matter what level you manage at, or what the situation is, there is always great pressure.
“It’s pressure I will always put myself under anyway because I like to win football matches.
“What has happened over the summer has made all the hard work at the end of last season worthwhile and there is still an awful lot of hard work going on. It’s up to everyone to help move the club forward.”