Lower Breck manager Gary Moore is looking to get off to a good start in the North West Counties Premier Division.
The Breck suffered a dismal second half of the season which saw them finish just outside the relegation zone.
During the off-season, Moore and his coaching staff went back to the drawing board and re-evaluated their situation and ambitions.
With additions on the pitch and on the backroom staff, the feel-good factor and excitement appears to have returned to Anfield Sports as Lower Breck get their Counties campaign underway with a trip to FC Isle of Man.
“We had to change a few things to get on that path, we came back and said it had to be positive moving forward and it’s been that,” Moore told Off The Park.
“We can’t fault anything at the moment, the lads are working their socks off, pre-season has gone well, it’s all good as it stands.
“On the back of last season they had to change, we actively sought for new coaches, there were discussions did we want to continue as a management team and we thought yeah let’s see what we can bring in player-wise and the attitude of them.
“We brought in Andy Culshaw, been a breath of fresh air, brought in a goalkeeper coach who’s obviously sharpened Josh up as well, that’s something he’s wanted for a long time, stuff like that really and when it feeds into the players the sessions are good, the feel-good factors back, it’s great.
“It’s all positivity especially when you’re winning games. We haven’t set the world alight in pre-season until Bootle but the lads can feel it, they can see it. We’ve got a very big squad but everyone’s fighting each others corners and long may it continue, it’s give us the desire to want to go again.
“I can’t fault anyone, it’s been the best pre-season we’ve had, the lads are looking fitter and we’ve taken that into the games, it’s good, the lads have been a breath of fresh air.
“You want to challenge, you want to challenge on every front, if you don’t want to challenge you’ve got no ambition then. It’s going to be one of those old cliche’s, take each game as it comes, we start with the Isle of Man away, it’s a tough place to start any campaign but you’re going there either a bunch of lads who are buzzing, anything can happen on the opening day.
“You’ve got to go each game as it comes, it’s a busy period August I don’t think it stops into September, October the league have an objective of getting 50 percent of games squeezed in which has been passed down to them, it’s going to be tough. We think we’ve got a group of lads, fingers crossed we can keep this group of lads together for the whole season, it’s going to be tough but we’ll give it a good go.”