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‘We can regain league title’ – Old Malton St Mary’s boss
8:40am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
OLD Malton St Mary’s player-manager Darren Dunning believes his side can regain the York Minster Engineering League premier division title, writes Jack Amor.
Dunning’s team won the championship two years ago but last season the Ryedale side came third, behind Dunnington and Copmanthorpe.
The 2013/14 premier division season begins on Saturday, and ahead of his third year in charge Dunning said: “Our main goal is to win the league, which is something we can do.
“Our squad is raring to go and we have the ability to regain the title.”
A hat-trick of York FA Saturday Senior Cup successes is another target.
Added Dunning: “We have entered a total of four competitions this year – the league, the League Cup, the York FA Senior Cup and the Cowley Cup. We aim to advance as far as we can in these.”
Former York City midfielder Dunning has made two signings over the summer, taking a pair of players away from neighbours, including top marksman Marcus Godsell.
He said: “We signed Marcus and Connor Shipley from our rivals Malton & Norton.
“I think these two will be a valuable addition to our team.
“We have not lost any players over the summer either.”
Dunning opted to reduce the amount of pre-season matches his team played this summer.
He said: “Last year, we had too many games before the season started, which resulted in more injuries.
“In preparation for this season, we have played fewer games and this has had a direct result on our players.
With just one injury, our squad is nearly completely fit and ready for Saturday.”
Jon Newton, a key player in Old Malton’s squad, is the one who will miss the start of the campaign through injury.
Dunning said: “Jon is our star striker and hopefully he will be back before he misses too much of the season. Thankfully, this is the only injury in the whole team.”
St Mary’s travel to newly-promoted Aviva on Saturday at the University of York sports centre, kick-off 2.30pm. Fellow Ryedale side Terrington Glory are not in action this weekend. They play their opening top-flight fixture on Saturday, August 24.
The other divisions kick off on September 14, although there are midweek cup matches beforehand, starting next week.
• KIRKBYMOORSIDE are to hold a special event on Sunday, September 1, to honour Michael Hodgson, who recently retired as secretary after completing 40 years in the role.
There will be a game between players old and new, a bar, and barbecue, all starting at 1pm.
All players past and present, as well as supporters, are most welcome to attend. For further information, phone Edward Strickland on 01751 431204 or email email@example.com
The Moorsiders, after enduring a difficult year in the Wearside League, have joined the York Minster Engineering League this season, starting out in division four.
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