Southwick set sights on promotion

John Kilgarriff

John Kilgarriff

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SOUTHWICK Football Club manager John Kilgarriff has targeted promotion from County League Division 3 this season.

It proved to be a difficult campaign last time out for the Wickers as they finished ninth in the table but Kilgarriff is hoping for a better finish this time out.

He said: “We have looked really good throughout pre-season.

“We look to be a lot stronger than last season and, hopefully, if we don’t win the division, we can get in the top three.

“We are a footballing side, which in this division sometimes can be difficult as most of the sides are physical but, hopefully, our football can shine through.

“I just can’t wait to get started now and see what we can do this season.”

It has been a busy summer for Southwick as they have brought in six players.

It has also been equally as busy off the pitch, with new grass seed being placed, as well as new seats in the stand and a new kit.

Wickers’ manager feels the club is moving in the right direction and said: “A lot of work has gone on over the summer, we have a new kit coming and had some seats installed at our ground.

“I have been looking to do things at the club all summer, as soon as I finish my day at work, I am straight down to the club to see what can be done to improve the side and our ground.

“I feel it is important to be really involved as it shows the players that I am not just looking to assemble a squad and just play games. But that we are looking to improve and really push to get into Division 2 next season.

“We have got some really good players at the club and, hopefully, we can have a good year.

“Our aim is to start the season well and pick up three points on Saturday.”

Southwick begin their Division 3 campaign with a home match against Ifield on Saturday.

Players in: Ben May, Dean Smith, Jamie McKenzie (all Shoreham), Shane Moses, Elliott Finney (both Lancing), Marcus Strevens (Billingshurst), Neil Harris (Worthing United).

Players out: Lewis Finney, Neil Munday (Lancing).

Last season: 9th in Division 3.