Swans looking to tread water after upheaval

Storrington boss Nigel Dyer is bracing himself for a relegation battle this season after a turbulent pre-season.

Compounding the problems goalkeeper Gary Elliott will be out for some time with a broken leg, although Swans have picked up experienced midfielder Aaron Meehan, who has returned to the club.

Storrington have also lost their Reserve manager and nearly the entire squad along with him, making the forthcoming season a tough one for the club.

Dyer said: “It is going to be a re-building season for us with us hopefully staying out of a relegation battle.”

Swans begin their season this Saturday, and it could hardly be a tougher test, away at one of the Division 2 favourites Eastbourne Utd AFC.

Loxwood also kick start their new season this Saturday by hosting Mile Oak at Plaistow Road, while Broadbridge Heath are at home to Seaford Town.

Horsham YMCA travel to Raynes Park Vale in the FA Cup, knowing victory will set up a mouth-watering tie against Horsham in the next round.

County League new boys Billingshurst FC don’t begin their season until the following Saturday, August 18, when they are away to Uckfield Town.

Manager Mark Betts has largely kept faith in the squad which won the West Sussex Football League last season, and expects the squad to make a real mark.

“The team were good enough to win the Premier League (last season) and we fully trust the same side to make a good showing in County League Division 3,” Betts said.

“A lot of them have County League experience so it won’t be new, but there’s a real buzz about our first season at this level. We want this football club to push on and be there are there abouts at the end.”

Strikers Paul Elliott and Darren Annis have been in good pre-season form with goals in the 5-3 defeat to Loxwood and the 2-1 win over Steyning.