Hemsworth Miners Welfare joint manager Luke Danville claims there is “no pressure” going into the new Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season and the focus is on rebuilding.
The additional backstory to Hemsworth’s campaign is the departure of a large majority of last season’s squad. Danville and Luke Potter have had to bring numerous new players to Fitzwilliam, including quality in the likes of Jack Wilson, Tom Cadzow, Ben Walker and Brett Souter, to replace those who have left.
“The same as everyone else, (the aim is) to finish as high as we can,” Danville told Non League Yorkshire.
“There’s personal targets that has been set by the squad and the management and there’s targets the club want to achieve.
“To be fair to the club, that is literally to finish as high as we possibly can. There’s no pressure on promotion, there’s no pressure whatsoever.
“With the impact of the players from last year leaving, it is a case of ‘get us back up and running’.
“I’m sure as soon as our squad takes shape, everyone will make their own assessment as to where we are going to finish.
“As a manager I’m not to stick my neck out.”
Danville also warned that there will be “surprise packages” in the Division this year.
“I’d imagine everyone wants to win promotion, but realistically going forward there is your massive favourites and I’m sure everyone knows who there are,” he said.
“On paper that is because I’m sure, with no disrespect to them, no-one would have predicted Staveley would be where they were last season.
“I don’t think anyone would have tipped them to flatten the league like they did. There’s surprise packages every year. I would have said Staveley would have been challenging, but I wouldn’t have put them as far away as they were.
“It depends how well a team’s new signings click. A striker could have a worldie season and that can propel a team up the league.
“You also need to get off to a quick start in this league because if you have a slow start you fall away. With how strong the league is, it is a long way back if you lose points early doors.”
Hemsworth’s First Five Fixtures
September 19th – Armthorpe Welfare (H) – FA Vase
September 22nd – Staveley Miners Welfare (H)
September 26th – Knaresborough Town (H)
October 3rd – AFC Mansfield (A)
October 6th – Thackley (A)
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