It’s fair to say that we start the 2017/18 season in a much stronger position than in recent years both on and off the pitch. Last season was primarily about survival and putting in place the framework to move the club forward and this was achieved.
This season our aim is to continue with our club transformation strategy but we start with a settled squad; a stronger financial position and a positive outlook and atmosphere around Lodge Road.
On the pitch Polly and his management team continue to do a great job. Whilst he was able to retain the majority of our squad from last season he has also strengthened in key areas. It’s great to see the likes of Brad Abrahams and Mitch Tippins back at the club as well as new faces such as Ben Brooks, and the squad spirit and camaraderie remains strong. We have had a good pre-season building upon the form we showed in the last 10 matches of last season, and our target for this year is to finish in the top half of the table. Whilst it was disappointing that John Rendell decided to move to Paulton, Polly brought in Nigel Hawkins as his first team coach a familiar face for the youngsters in the squad.
Off the pitch we have now cleared all our outstanding debts and continue to look at ways to increase revenue for the club. We are delighted that Orchard Computer Services have chosen to maintain their links with the club as our main sponsors for the third year running, as well as the continued support from Picksons Group. We are also pleased to announce our stadium sponsors for this season will be Universal Components and a number of new local businesses are now supporting the club.
Our alignment with Bristol Rovers will also be maintained this season with their Development teams using Lodge Road to play their home games.
We are aware that the club would not survive without you the supporters and also all the volunteers who help out – Thank you for your continued support and loyalty.
Let’s all enjoy this new season and get behind Polly and the team.
Updated 14:28 - 13 Aug 2017 by Sebastian Parker