Preparations ‘going well’

Ally Pickering, New Mills AFC manager
Ally Pickering, New Mills AFC manager
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THE EVO-STIK First Division South may be unchartered waters for New Mills AFC, but manager Ally Pickering is adamant his side will not be in there just to make up the numbers next season.

Pickering is due to commence pre-season training next week, with the Millers still reeling from the decision to place the Church Lane club in the First Division South - not First Division North - following their promotion as last season’s North West Counties League Premier Division Champions.

But despite the controversial ruling, and the departure of a few players, the manager is far from downhearted.

“Our preparations seem to be going well,” he said “We have lost a couple of players, which I suppose is understandable considering the situation we have been put in, but we are also bringing in a couple of players to replace them.

“It’s a new situation, what we will be going into. None of the teams will know anything about us, the same way we won’t know much about them.

“We’ve got some great games coming up and we need to make sure we work hard in pre-season. We are not going in there (Division One South) just to make the numbers up. We will be going for it.”

Mossley have announced the signing of defenders Mark Innes and Nick Swirad, striker Harry Noon and youth team graduate midfielder Andy Bailey.