We’ve got as good a chance as anyone, says Westfield boss

Westfield midfielder Jason Ward is suspended for the visit from Montpelier Villa today. Picture by Justin Lycett
Westfield midfielder Jason Ward is suspended for the visit from Montpelier Villa today. Picture by Justin Lycett

Westfield Football Club has ‘as good a chance as anyone’ on the eve of the new season, according to manager Mark Stapley.

The Westies will kick-off their 2018/19 Southern Combination League Division Two campaign with a home game against Montpelier Villa today (Saturday).

Stapley said: “I don’t know much about players in this league, but I think we’ve got as good a chance as anyone. We’ve brought in quite a few young lads and there’s a bit more energy in there.”

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Young forward Terry Robinson has joined Westfield after a prolific pre-season with Bexhill United. Ryan Harffey, a teenage midfielder, has also made the switch from The Polegrove.

Central defender Alex Trickett has come on board, full-back Jamie Bell has come back to the club after a season out and Westfield have signed an attacking player from Tunbridge Wells on a dual registration basis.

Creative midfielder Allan McMinigal has moved to Bexhill to play at a higher level, with Stapley admitting ‘I think we did well to keep hold of him last year’.

Westfield finished eighth last season - one place and six points above today’s opponents - and Stapley is keen to make a far stronger start this time around.

Westfield, who have had some tough pre-season friendlies against higher level opposition, will be without the suspended Jason Ward today and Jack Stapley - who was joint manager last season and is now chairman - may well be playing cricket instead. Kick-off at The Parish Field is 3pm.

New to the division this season is a 10-minute sin-bin rule for players guilty of dissent, which Stapley admits ‘could be interesting’.

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