Shoulders targeting top-six league finish

Mile Oak Football Club boss Ben Shoulders
Mile Oak Football Club boss Ben Shoulders
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Ben Shoulders is hopeful his maiden season in first-team management will be a success at Mile Oak.

After serving a stint with Worthing United’s reserves, he is now the man tasked with leading Oak in their Southern Combination League Division 1 charge this season.

Shoulders has added ten of last term’s United team to his new side, while also bringing in Lee Early.

Despite this being his first season in senior football, the 27-year-old is hopeful Oak can finish in the top six.

He said: “I know it’s not going to be an easy task taking over from Anthony Whittington but I want to do well.

“Pre-season has gone better than I was expecting and I’m targeting a top-six finish.

“All of the players have integrated really well and I think it’s going to be a good campaign.

“It’s something fresh for myself and the players, which I hope will be good.”

Shoulders’ reign starts out with an extra-preliminary round FA Cup home clash with Combined Counties League Premier Division side Guildford City on Saturday.

Oak are the lowest-ranked team in the competition but Shoulders is hopeful his side can spring a surprise to set them on their way this season.

He added: “We are the lowest-ranked team in the competition but we want to cause an upset.

“It’s at home, we won’t know a lot about each other, so it’s all about who performs.”

In: Jamie McKenzie, Craig Stevens, Enzo Benn, Joe Benn, John Buggy, Ben Symes, Adam Khan, Ben May, Callum Clarke, Will Fuller (all Worthing United Reserves), Lee Early (Steyning Town). Out: Fergus Davies (Peacehaven), Adam Dine (Saltdean United).

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