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CHICKENS: Chickerell United back to familiar surroundings
CHICKERELL United returned to their spiritual home this summer and head into the new season with the aim of becoming a true community club once again.
The financial implications of playing their home games at Weymouth College proved too much for the Chickens and the decision was made to go back to the Stalls, the base for the club’s other sides.
Leaving the facilities at Cranford Avenue meant Chickerell had to take the hit of dropping from the Dorset Premier League into the Dorset Senior League.
But that, according to new boss Steve Coward, is a relatively small price to pay considering the benefits of bringing the club’s teams together again.
“This year is all about developing our under-18s and youth side and trying to get them playing senior football,” said Coward, who previously managed Port-land United Reserves.
“For the last couple of years the first team has been based outside the village so now we have come back into the community we are hoping more people will come down to the club and give us their support.
“As far as my team is concerned, we have got hopes of doing well in this league but whether we can go straight back into the Dorset Premier League is another issue.
“We want to finish in the top three and with the players we’ve got, I can see no reason why we can’t do that.”
Upwey & Broadwey were the best of the rest in the Dorset Senior League last term, finishing the campaign second behind champions Mere Town, and Steve Reynolds’ men will want to go one better this time around.
With Chris Hicks and Simon Austin now in charge, Portland United Reserves are going to be aiming for a big improvement after just surviving relegation in May.
The Dorset Senior League gets under way on September 7 with Chickerell hosting Blandford United Reserves, Upwey away to Gillingham Town Reserves and Portland at home against West-land Sports.
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