ALRESFORD Town manager Richard Luffman is hoping his side can enjoy another successful season this year.
The Magpies begin their Wessex League campaign with a trip to AFC Portchester next Tuesday night (August 1, kick-off 7.45pm).
“We’ve had a good pre-season with a lot of fitness work and we’re looking forward to it,” said Luffman.
“We’ve had three sessions a week and the pre-season results have not been what they should be, but that fitness will help us on August 1.
“Portchester is a tough start for us and with Graham Rix and Ian Saunders together there – you mix those two together and they will be a good side.
“Last year we drew 1-1 at Portchester in November and then went on a fantastic winning run in the league.”
The Arlebury Park outfit impressed last season, finishing in fifth place in the Wessex League Premier Division with 77 points, and Luffman hopes the Magpies can improve on that this season.
“We are hoping to improve on fifth place,” said Luffman.
“It is a tough league though and we need to see where we are come October, November, December, and if we are in striking distance of the top four.
“Last year we started slowly and we can’t afford to do that again if we want to improve on last year.
“Some of these players have been with us from the Hampshire League.
“We have some young players who are turning into men, and we are making them better footballers.”