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FOOTBALL: Upwey boss Steve Reynolds happy with favourites tag
Manager Steve Reynolds knows his side go into the new campaign, which starts tomorrow for Upwey at home to Gillingham Town Reserves (3pm), as one of the favourites – a tag he is happy to accept.
The Redlands-based outfit had to settle for the runners-up spot in May as Mere Town stormed to the title, but with them not around this time the race for the championship should be a much closer affair.
Despite Sean Stewart and Phil Anderson missing the Gillingham clash through suspension, Reynolds says he and his men are raring to go in their quest for glory.
“We’ve been runners-up twice in recent seasons so it’s about time we went one better,” said the Upwey boss.
“Nobody could compete with Mere Town last season and they were a professional outfit.
“Gillingham are going to be up there, Witchampton are a tough side and Westland traditionally have a decent squad, so it’s going to be tough, like it always is.”
After dropping down from the Dorset Premier League, Chickerell United kick-off their season tomorrow against Blandford United Reserves at The Stalls (3pm).
New boss Steve Coward is without a couple of first-teamers but does have the returning Elliot Stone at his disposal.
“The top three is our target and we’re not looking too bad for Saturday,” said Coward. “Pre-season went really well and there are high hopes for this year.”
Portland United Reserves do not have a game this weekend.
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