GNE chief looks towards a bright future

GNE chairman Dave Atkinson has praised the work of manager Chris Willcock (pictured).
GNE chairman Dave Atkinson has praised the work of manager Chris Willcock (pictured).

Glossop North End chairman Dave Atkinson says the club are well-primed to follow up last season’s exploits.

2013-14 saw the Hillmen enjoy a successful campaign as they finished third in the North West Counties Premier, partly thanks to a 22-match unbeaten run that propelled them up the table.

The side also enjoyed a terrific run in the Derbyshire Senior Cup, eventually going down to Ilkeston in the final.

Now, three games and three wins into the new campaign, Atkinson says the club can build on last season’s achievements.

He said: “We want to do better than last season and obviously it would be nice to do better than third.

“We’ve worked hard as a club, on and off the field, to get to the stage that we’re at now.

“Some clubs are hanging on by a shoestring and are just making ends meet.

“They’re just about getting by, but if there was a financial problem then it would probably take them out.

“We’re a little bit different because we’re sustainable.”

Atkinson says that the positivity around the club is as good as he has ever known it, and he says that is down to manager Chris Willcock.

He says Willcock’s way of working has been a blueprint for success.

He said: “Chris is very professional and is confident in what he does.

“He tells the lads straight and pulls no punches.

“He has a strict training regime and the lads put in the miles, but throughout pre-season you can see the fitness levels being boosted.

“Hopefully as the season goes on we can take a lot of points in the last 20 minutes of games, purely because of the fitness.

“It’s probably the best squad we’ve had, in terms of attacking goalscorers, since I’ve been involved with the club.

“We’ve got the likes of Tom Bailey, Aaron Moxam and Sam Hind - I’ve never known for us to have four or five goalscorers.”

Atkinson says that the club will continue to take cup competitions seriously, despite the league being their main priority.

He added: “We always take the cups seriously, especially the FA Vase and Derbyshire Senior Cup.

“We want to be knocking on the door and winning a cup, if possible.

“It would be nice to have one of them on display at our AGM at the end of the season!”