Manager's Message

Here we are at the start of a new season, and one that is full of optimism for the club on the whole. There has been a management change this summer with assistant manager Andy Mitchell stepping down to player/coach to concentrate more on playing and game time it created an opportunity for us to bring back a club legend in Matty Peters who has come in as my new assistant manager and will share the role with player/assistant Gary Chapman. This has worked very well so far and I am delighted to have both of these alongside me in the dressing room. James Millard continues his great work as our physio as well and makes up the remainder of our first team management team. This is my fourth year at the club and is certainly the one where there are the most changes in personnel both in and out, but I feel that we currently have the strongest squad at Wincanton since I took over and we go into the new season brimming with confidence and belief at the ability we have at our disposal. Over the summer we have seen a few leave the club but we have had many more incoming transfers and our squad on Saturday included 9 players out of the 16 man team who were not at the club last season, including 6 in the starting 11! Last year we relied heavily on the goals of our leading goal scorer Marcus Cook, he had a great season, scoring 16 goals in the process but unfortunately suffered a reoccurring knee injury on the first day of pre season and looks set to be out of action for a little while, everybody at the club wishes Marcus all the best as he is a top player and a great lad to go with it and know he will be back scoring goals before too long. This season we are hoping the goals are going to be much more spread around and Saturday demonstrated this could be the case as new strikers Luke Woodland and Toby Cole scored a goal each to get a first day win at Radstock. Radstock is always a tough place to go and we knew we were going to have to work hard for a win. The game started off a little nervously from our perspective which I guess is to be expected with so many debuts and players trying to gel together. In quite a nervous encounter  there were very few clear chances, until Toby and Luke combined for Luke to hit a fine shot down low and open the scoring a minute before the half time break. This was a fantastic time to score and should have allowed us to kick on after the interval however within 2 minutes it was 1-1, we didn’t defend a long throw very well and the ball came off somebody’s head to go past Liam Norris and make it all level. Toby won the game for us with a fantastic individual volley which looped over the goalkeepers head and ensured we could hold on for all 3 points. It was a great start with a new look Wincanton side, at times we have played some top football during pre season, but we still have lots to work on and we will improve as a unit over the coming weeks. This Tuesday we face our first home tie of the season and another tricky test at home to Welton Rovers 7.30pm kick off at Moor Lane, this is quickly followed by rivals Chard Town F.C. on Saturday away, any support you can give for both games would be hugely appreciated, let’s see what Tuesday brings.....


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