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Advance is new mantra for Pickering Town
ONLY an improvement on last year’s league and cup heroics will satisfy Pickering Town assistant manager Steve Brown.
The Pikes recovered from a terrible start to finish fifth in the Northern Counties East League premier division and they also won the North Riding Senior Cup for the first time in their 125 year history.
Bolstered by the return of goalkeeper Arran Reid, from Scarborough Athletic, along with former skipper Tom Adams and Robbie Hawkes to last term’s squad, the Pikes’ pre-season programme still concluded with a 3-1 defeat against Whitby Town in midweek.
Liam Shepherd’s 11th-minute goal gave the Pikes a lead they kept until six minutes from the end, but former York City striker Craig Farrell netted a brace and Nathan Evans also scored as the home side capitulated.
Faced with a visit to Worksop Parramore tomorrow, the first of seven straight road trips for the Mill Lane-based outfit, Brown said he wants to improve on the successes of last season – and warned a repeat of the slow start 12 months ago would not be tolerated.
“There are not too many easy trips in our league and that seems even more the case this time,” he said.
“We’ve got a tough start but that’s the way it is. Everyone has to play each other twice and we certainly want to get off to a better start than was the case last year.
“Six weeks in and we had no chance of finishing any higher than we did and that can’t happen this year. We are fully focused and prepared for the task ahead.
“We were fifth last year and won a cup. We are always looking for improvement. That’s what football is about.
“We’ve got a good bunch of loyal, hardcore supporters and it would be nice, for them, if we could achieve.”
Brown’s biggest concern has been the side’s tendency during pre-season to leak soft goals and he has ordered his men to tighten up at the back.
He added: “No-one has scored a good goal against us in pre-season that I can recall.
“The first thing you want to be is difficult to beat. It seems to be a little too easy for the opposition to score against us. That’s my biggest concern.”
Tadcaster Albion will be glad to get into gear with a trip to Winterton Rangers in the NCEL premier division.
The Brewers rounded off pre-season with a 1-0 home defeat to York Minster Engineering League outfit Dunnington and it’s been an eventual couple of weeks for the Ings Lane club with chairman Rob Northfield and treasurer James Hamilton announcing their intentions to step down.
But on the pitch they have been boosted by the return of striker Carl Stewart to bolster their goalscoring ranks.
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