KICK-OFF: Start the crucial test for Devizes

DEVIZES Town joint-boss Justin Webster believes if his side can come through the opening month of the new campaign in good nick, they will have every chance of finishing comfortably in the top half of the Toolstation League First Division.

Webster and Darran Walters led their team to an 11th-placed finish last season and the Nursteed Road chiefs have set their sights on the top six this time around.

Devizes have lost Dan Sloan and Luke Enderby to former side Pewsey Vale, with Gareth Davies also joining Highworth Town, but Webster and Walters have moved to bring in midfielder Dan Lardner from Wootton Bassett Town and former Larkhall Athletic defender Ryan Trowbridge.

Ex-Cricklade Town striker Jack Allan has also come in, along with youngsters Ryan Rawlins, Gareth Jones and Jonny Coppack.

“We finished 11th last year and it could have been higher if we hadn’t had a points deduction,” said Webster. “We’re not going to go out there saying that we’re looking to go up or anything like that, so I think the top six would be a good aim.

“We’ve got quite a young squad this year but we have managed to retain pretty much everyone from last season, so we’re happy with the team that we’ve got.

“Pre-season has gone well but as always, you do have a few problems with people being unavailable, due to people being on holiday and things like that.

“It’s going to be a really tough first month of the season because the season starts with games pretty much every Saturday and Tuesday.

“We still might be struggling with a few people away for certain games. Hopefully we can get through it and set ourselves up for a good season.”



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