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TERRAS: Chairman Nigel Biddlecombe backing Terras to progress
NIGEL Biddlecombe is backing the Terras to kick on again this season but is refusing to set any targets.
The Weymouth chairman oversaw a much-improved campaign in 2012-13 and is keen for the progress to continue, not just on the pitch but off it as well.
Biddlecombe told Echosport: “The main thing I want to see this season is continued improvement.
“Last season was a vast improvement on previous years and if we get off to a good start and show a bit more consistency then I see no reason why we cannot do even better.
“I am not going to talk about promotion or play-offs but I do feel we can improve on ninth place, particularly with the experience we have now right throughout the team.”
The Terras have added the likes of Jason Matthews, Michael and Nathan Walker, Luke Burbidge and Stewart Yetton to their ranks this summer and Biddlecombe is confident they will make a big difference.
He added: “We have a lot more senior players around the place now and they will no doubt help the youngsters, and that alone should make us more consistent as a side.
“The players we have brought in are not quiet and retiring either. They are big characters with big voices and I think that will be a huge positive too.
“One of the biggest problems we had last season was that there was not enough talking on the pitch and that would sometimes cause our heads to drop but these new voices should keep the team going.
“All in all I am very excited and if we can hit the ground running who knows where it could take us.”
Going on to comment on his other aspirations for the season, Biddlecombe continued: “I would definitely like to see an improvement in terms of our disciplinary record.
“Last season we received an awful lot of bookings, far too many of which were for dissent, and I am not just talking about the first team either but the reserves too.
“Speaking of the reserves, I would like to see them push on as well. Jake Richmond is doing a great job there and hopefully some of the players he has at his disposal this year can push for contention in the first-team squad as well.
“As for off-the-pitch matters, I would love to see us perform well enough and consistently enough to draw in regular crowds of 600, 700 or even 800.
“Unfortunately the fixture list hasn’t been too kind to us this year with our games on August Bank Holiday and New Year’s Day both being away, but we have still got terrific matches at other times and hopefully the fans will come out in force and get behind us.
“There have been differences of opinions at the club recently and there always probably will be, and the way we deal with that does need to improve, but we are moving in the right direction and we want people to get behind that.”
As well as battles in the boardroom, another concern for fans during the off-season has been the club’s financial position.
With no pre-season friendlies having taken place at the Bob Lucas Stadium this summer due to work on the pitch and the Wessex Fantasy Football initiative having folded, it is difficult to see how the Terras are making ends meet.
When quizzed about the situation, Biddlecombe said: “We are doing nicely commercially and through season tickets and sponsorship, and that is keeping our heads above water, but it is very difficult.
“We knew this could happen but we wanted to get the pitch right and the people that have been working on it have done that.
“With most contracts running from August 17, the club’s wage bill has also been very minimal, which has also helped.”
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