Clay Cross Town kick off new season full of confidence

Confident Clay Cross Town kick off a new season and a new challenge this Saturday, determined to make an impact.

Monday, 1st August 2016, 2:42 pm
Updated Monday, 1st August 2016, 3:44 pm
VIEW FOM THE SKY -- an aerial shot of the picturesque setting at Clay Cross Town's Mill Lane ground.

Under geographical changes in the Central Midlands League, Clay Cross have been switched from the South Division to the North Division. And after suffering only one defeat in their pre-season preparations, they believe they have assembled a squad that “will be a force to be reckoned with” in their fresh surroundings.

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“There are exciting times ahead,” said secretary Dave ‘Nobby’ Clark. “Home attendances are rising nicely, and the supporters are buzzing in anticipation of the season. Managed again by Ant Lynam and Andy Thornton, we will be firing on five fronts with the opportunity to enjoy success in four cups, as well as the North Division. One of those cups will see The Millers proudly play their first-ever game in the FA Vase when we host Leicester Road on Saturday, September 10.”

Clay Cross, who finished 12th of 18 in the South Division last season, start the 2016/17 campaign with a home match against Bilsthorpe at Mill Lane (kick-off 3 pm). This will be followed by a trip to Rotherham outfit Phoenix on August 13.

Off the field, The Millers also have cause for celebration because Lee Watson has won the Derbyshire FA Groundsman of the Year award for the second successive season. Again, he has been nominated for the national accolade, and next week, he will travel to St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre, to see if he has been successful.