Kinsella in firm pledge to strengthen his squad

Mark Kinsella
Mark Kinsella

MANAGER Mark Kinsella readily concedes that Daventry Town will have to strengthen their squad considerably by the start of his second season in charge at Communications Park in order to mount a serious promotion challenge.

The need to find a frontrunning partner for a revitalised Tom Berwick is among the priorities but could prove to be a headache as Russell Dunkley is talking in telephone numbers about a return to the Town.

Flushed by UCL success at Long Buckby he may stay put at Station Road or move further afield.

This would leave Daventry to turn their attentions towards Stratford Town striker Mykel Beckley who has Southern League experience at both Aylesbury and Romulus.

Meanwhile Kinsella (pictured) and his new assistant Darran Foster also intend to recruit from higher leagues as a place in the Central Division play-offs is a minimum requirement set by club chairman Iain Humphrey.

An excellent 2-1 win at Beaconsfield in the final match of the season left the Town on 50 points, only 19 short of the play-offs cut off point.

“Let’s face it there are plenty of games we could have won with better finishing particularly in the early stages of games,” said Kinsella.

“My first season at this level has been a steep learning curve!

“Thrown in at the deep end I inherited only six players and with more than 40 players used during the campaign our turnover has been far too great.

“Take out champions St Neots and possibly Slough Town and there is not a great deal of difference between the standards set by the other 20 clubs.

“Hopefully that will be the case again next season although Combined Counties League champions Guildford City could be useful.

“The make-up of the Central Division though is open to interpretation.”

He added: “Despite our finishing only 16th I have enjoyed the season and hopefully learned a great deal which can be put to good use at a future date.

“I want to improve the team and also improve my own persona as a manager.

“A new challenge will present itself in August when Andy Reece and I will be joined by assistant manager Darran Foster and chief scout Neil Champelovier after we said goodbye to club coach Chris Marsh.

“Marked improvement is called for all round and hopefully we will have assembled a squad capable of challenging for Southern League honours in 12 months time.

“I look forward to renewing old acquaintancies after the summer break.”

n Kinsella is not a betting man but several weeks ago he tipped Roy Hodgson (then 5-1) to beat Harry Redknapp to the England manager’s job.