YM boss Buckland is expecting a fiercely-competitive season

Sam Smith has re-joined Loxwood and been replaced by Elliott Flack
Sam Smith has re-joined Loxwood and been replaced by Elliott Flack
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Horsham YMCA boss Peter Buckland is expecting a fiercely-competitive season in County League Division 1.

YM will be hoping to build on a fantastic 2013-14 campaign where they were crowned RUR Charity Cup winners, secured a fourth-place finish and also battled through to the semi-finals of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.

But manager Peter Buckland, who begins his third season in charge at Gorings Mead, knows that things won’t be easy for his side.

He said: “I think this year’s league is the toughest format for a long time, and whoever wins it will have done very well indeed.

“I am very excited about the upcoming campaign. Last season was a milestone in the club’s recent history and will be a hard act to follow, but we are one hundred percent as a unit and will be looking to sustain last season’s success.

“The players are being made aware that as a result of last season we shall be seen as a scalp, and teams will be coming to Gorings Mead hell bent on an upset. We must rise to this and deal with it.”

Former player and coach, Dean Potter, has taken on the assistant manger role at Gorings Mead, while they have also retained the majority of last season’s squad.

Only goalkeeper Sam Smith has left the club and Kevin Burgess has retired, but they have recaptured the services of three former players in goalkeeper Elliott Flack, defender Joe Ransome and forward Chris Williams.

Full story in this week’s County Times.