Soule targets stability for Millers

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New Mills manager Roy Soule is hoping for a less turbulent season after the troubles of 2013-14.

Soule’s first full campaign in charge saw the team finish 16th in Evo-Stik First Division North.

However that failed to tell the whole story, as the club went on a 15-match winless streak midway through the season.

The club also experienced a host of postponements throughout the year and saw over 50 players pull on the shirt over the 42 league games.

Ahead of the opening day clash at home to Burscough on August 16, Soule is now looking forward to more stability at Church Lane.

He said: “From November onwards last season we had chances where we should have taken points and ended the losing run, but we just couldn’t buy a win.

“Towards the end of the season we did curb that.

“Hopefully that (losing streak) won’t be a continuous event and we will learn our lessons and carry on doing what we did towards the end.”

Soule’s side has enjoyed a beneficial pre-season which has included a variety of tests, from hosting League Two Accrington Stanley to travelling to Wales to play National League outfit Brymbo FC.

He says that he has a rough idea of the outline of his squad, though there are still holes to fill.

He said: “Pre-season is about trying things out, having a look at different formations and seeing what suits the players.

“I’m always looking at new players.

“Last season was a complete build and we were constantly running repairs. We used 55 players over the season.

“This year we’re now supplementing the squad rather than creating a new one.

“I’ve already got a squad of around 20 and there’s a few more to have a look at.

“Hopefully it will be a strong and settled squad that we start with.”

Soule, set to celebrate his second anniversary in charge in October, is hoping the revamped Church Lane surface will aid his squad in 2014-15.

The pitch has undergone extensive remedial work in a bid to stave off future postponements.

Soule added: “Lots of work has been done on the field, so I have to thank the volunteers that have helped with that.

“I think when it gets a little more rain on it, then it will be a quality field.

“Hopefully it will give us a good surface to play on because we are a footballing team that plays in the right way.”