You have to try and better yourself, says Sittingbourne boss Nick Davis
SITTINGBOURNE manager Nick Davis says he is delighted with the calibre and the character that he has brought in to the club this summer.
The Brickies completed their Isthmian League Division One South campaign in 15th place last season, banking 62 points from their 46 league outings, which was a personal best for eight years.
Sittingbourne's squad for the new season, ahead of their trip to Chipstead tomorrow on the opening day of the Bostik South season.
Photo: Jace Media
Sittingbourne kick-off their new Bostik South Division campaign with a trip to Chipstead tomorrow.
The Surrey side finished their campaign in the bottom five last season, collecting 41 points, 10 clear of relegated Chatham Town.
Davis revealed that he has had to build a new squad from scratch having lost a high number of players since the end of last season.
“It’s been a re-build for me as I lost 16 players in the off-season so Tony (Cornwell) and I have had to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch,” said Davis.
“It probably would have been easier to have walked away, if I’m honest, but we would have left the club in a bad place and I quite like a challenge. In one sense it’s been fun building again and asking myself the question ‘can I do it?’
“My aim is still the same and that is to surpass last season’s league position and points. It’s not going to be easy as I think this league will be tougher, but that’s the aim.
“You have to try and better yourself. Last season was decent as we got as many points at the club had achieved since 2009.
“On paper, I have a stronger squad now but that counts for nothing!
“Chipstead are stronger than last year and have scored bundles of goals in pre-season. If we turn up like we did against Grays last week, we will win the game.
“I have signed 17 players this year and I’m delighted with the calibre and character I have brought to the club.”
Sittingbourne’s first home game of the new League season sees Herne Bay visit Woodstock Park next Tuesday, 15 August (19:45).
The Bay are managed by John Embery and Jermaine Darlington, who left Sittingbourne at the end of last season, taking a number of players with them to Winch’s Field.
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Chipstead v Sittingbourne
Bostik South Division
Saturday 12th August 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at High Road, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SF