Freer focused on task ahead as Robins prepare for new campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:34 18 August 2010

exsp football - Budleigh Salterton  AFC

exsp football - Budleigh Salterton AFC

Copyright: I Hitchcock

Budleigh are all set for another season of South West Peninsula League, Eastern Division football which gets under way this coming weekend (Saturday August 15).

THE summer has passed very smoothly at Greenway Lane and Budleigh are ready for a new season.

The Peninsula League, Eastern Division, outfit are once again to be managed by Alex Freer, who has been able to recruit a couple of players with championship winning experience.

Karl Rickard and Ben Woolley, who were both part of last season’s successful Royal Marines AFC team, have made the switch from Endurance Park and Mike Hancock has been recruited from Axminster Town.

Adding extra quality to an impressive looking squad is Mark Lever, who has an excellent youth football pedigree and the Robins have also been boosted by the improved availability this coming term from Tim Bradshaw.

Scott Howarth has returned to Greenway Lane after a spell in Australia and Ben Ashford has made the switch from neighbouring Exmouth Town.

All of last season’s squad have been retained, with the exception of goalkeeper Chris Wright who is now at Zamaretto League Tiverton Town. Brad Evans, who performed so well last season in the Club’s reserves and stepped up when Wright needed covering, has deserved the opportunity to make the number one jersey his own.

Boss Freer is heading into his fourth season with the Robins, having begun his life at Greenway Lane as the Reserve team boss.

Peter White will once again act as assistant to Freer with Noel Pond doing the most valuable job of club linesman. Adam Clark is the player/coach, with James Turner club captain.

As for the expectations at the club, Freer says: “ I want the team to continue to enjoy playing the game, individually and collectively. I’d happily settle for bettering last season’s ninth placed finish and, of course, put some silverware in the Greenway Lane trophy cabinet.”

There have been some subtle changes in the Robins Reserves during the summer, with former Otterton boss Richard Tapp has been brought in to assist bosses Wayne Rowsell and Luke Kelsall and the Reserves are also very fortunate to have a regular linesman in Joe Howarth.

As far as pre-season has gone, the players have benefitted greatly form sessions with Torquay United legend Kevin Hill and there has been the welcome sight of former Budleigh boss Andy Bennett helping with the pre-season work load alongside Adam Clark.

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