BAD­SHOT LEA

Aldershot News & Mail - - FOOTBALL -

WILY Trevor Nor­ris has been around the block a bit – but admits he’s en­dured one of his tough­est sum­mers to date as looks to steady the good ship Bad­shot Lea for another sea­son.

The for­mer Fleet, Cam­ber­ley and Sand­hurst chief says he has been frus­trated by com­pe­ti­tion for play­ers’ sig­na­tures from lo­cal ri­vals, but be­lieves he has fi­nally pieced to­gether a squad that can bet­ter their 15th place fin­ish of last year.

“It’s been frus­trat­ing at times,” Nor­ris said. “There’s so many clubs in the area around about the same level and not enough loy­alty among play­ers.

“I’ve found it very dif­fi­cult this summer and I hon­estly don’t know what hand I’ve been dealt yet. That said, I’m happy with the play­ers that I’ve brought in and I’m con­fi­dent we can do well.

“We will def­i­nitely fin­ish higher than last sea­son but whether we’ve got enough to com­pete at the top end of the ta­ble, I just don’t know yet.”

Striker Brad Smith, top scorer at Cam­ber­ley last sea­son, re­turns to the Bag­gies for a third spell and is joined by fel­low re­turnees Josh Pear­son and goal­keeper Matt Watson. Ex-Alder­shot youth trio Calum Nimmo, Michael Sti­mak and Ben Hutch­ings are also on board.

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