Bucks beef up squad ahead of new season

LONG Buckby boss Glenn Botterill is enjoying a busy summer in the transfer market as he looks to boost his squad ahead of the new season.

The Station Road outfit managed to finish fourth in the UCL Premier Division last season despite competing with a wafer thin squad.

And now Botterill is hoping to climb even higher in the league after bringing in seven new faces.

Amongst the Bucks’ new signings are strikers Russell Dunkley, Rob Foster and Matt Blanford. Midfielders Josh Davies and Richie Allen have also been added to the ranks, along with defenders Mark Hewitt and Dan Chilton.

The only outgoing player is Dan Holman, who’s moved to Blue Square Bet North team Histon on a full-time contract.

Botterill said: “Last season we had a small squad and some weeks we were down to the bare bones with injuries and suspensions.

“But this year we’ve also got a new reserve side and I think that will help a lot as people will always be playing football.

“I’m more than happy with the players we’ve brought in, it’s just about getting minutes on the pitch now, that’s the main thing.”

The Bucks have so far won three of their four pre-season outings, and Botterill is pleased with the progress his team is making

He added: “To be fair to the players they’ve all looked after themselves over the summer and come back looking really sharp. We’ve trained really well so far and had some good results in the friendlies.

“We are just concentrating on getting match fit now and if we finish higher than last season then it will be decent, that’s what we are looking at.

“We just want to win as many games as possible and see where that leaves us at the end of the season.

“If we were starting the season on Saturday I’d be really pleased with the squad we’ve got, but having said that I’m always on the look out for new players.

Speaking about Dan Holman’s transfer away from Station Road, Botterill added: “Dan goes with our blessing and left us on good terms.

“He had two or three options and asked for my advice before going to Histon. He’s playing there full time now and we wish him all the best.”

Meanwhile former Republic of Ireland international Mark Kinsella is continuing to bolster his Daventry Town squad for the new Southern League Central season.

Defenders Aaron Parkinson, Martin Hutchcox, Jason Lee, Callum Burgess and Aaron Stringfellow have again signed on the dotted line alongside midfield ball winner Tom Fountain and veteran striker Howard Forinton.

Former club captain Adam Confue is also considering staying on at Communications Park after playing weekend friendlies for both Banbury United and Daventry Town, who beat step six minnows Hoddesdon 12-0 on Sunday.

Up coming friendlies will see the Town entertain Enfield Town on Saturday after the Tuesday encounter with S and L Corby. Trips to Cogenhoe and Arlesey follow on from that.

And the Red Insure Cup draw has handed the Town a stiff home tie against Barwell, who have returned to the Southern League Premier Division after gaining promotion through the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

That fixture will take place on October 31.