Prescot Cables manager Craig Davies has outlined his ambitions to be successful with the Pesky Bulls this season.
Tuesday sees the Cables return to Valerie Park, an occasion Davies expects to be “rocking” which sees competitive football in Knowsley for the first time since December.
They get their campaign under way with a trip to Market Drayton on Saturday having undergone a culture change to the ranks.
After a stop-start season which ended in curtailment, Davies is delighted to get back to some purpose having missed out on competitive football for over six months.
Despite some defeats in pre-season, the Cables manager says he is delighted with the togetherness within his squad.
“It is cliché, pre-season is mainly about building a base of fitness our last competitive game was Christmas last year so you can imagine how they’re feeling without having regular training and games.
“You don’t get too concerned over the form, you have trialists, lads coming back and changes, obviously you want to win and no one goes out to lose.
“I think last week the atmosphere in the dressing room was great and if that’s how we’re going to carry on into the season I’ll be delighted, there was real sort of togetherness and toughness. The lads are looking forward to it, we haven’t looked into results too much.
“It’s been good to get going for real.
“I’m ambitious my staff are ambitious, there’s obviously a bit of a culture change at Cables with some big names going, not through footballing decision, we want to hit the squad our own way.
“You’ve seen players go who you’d maybe raise an eyebrow at we’ve always said we’ll do it our way and have a core.
“First and foremost we want to bring success back to Prescot, I’ve always said I want to bring the next promotion or another senior cup run or FA Cup similar to Marine last season and bring it back to the community because I’m from Prescot originally and it’s a massive club within the north west.
“There’s some expectation, not from the hierarchy, they don’t have a plan but we’re all ambitious and want to be successful with Prescot.
We’ve got more than enough to get a win, I know they drew with Newcastle Town last time out but not underestimate the challenge it’s great to be going away. We’ll play as we have done, we want to create load sof chances, which we do and it’ll be nice to keep a clean sheet but it’s hard at this level. I think going into the first one you want to hit the ground running and get off to a flyer, but we won’t look any further than Market Drayton.”
Cables’ starting fixtures are far from guaranteed points, especially on paper, with clashes against rivals Warrington Rylands and Marine two of their opening five.
But he is excited to see the Pesky Bulls out in force in their first home match against Clitheroe.
Davies said: “We know what we’ve got and we know what we’re good at. It sets you up nicely [winning on the opening day], on paper we haven’t been given the nicest of starting league games.
“You’ve got Market Drayton, who will be a tough team, Clitheroe who again are going to be right up there always, Rylands, Trafford and Marine in the first five league games.
“You’ve got to pick up three points as best as you can because the competitiveness of the league is the best I’ve seen it for a long time.
“So if we can get off to a flyer that will set us up nicely for the Clitheroe game and being at home on a Tuesday I’m sure our ground will be rocking.”
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