Season opener @ Ladysmead
The lads will be looking to make a good impression in the opening game of the season this Saturday against Bishops Stortford, below is the latest outlook from the press
Martyn Rogers has called on Tiverton Town to focus on their own game ahead of their opening match of the season.
Newly-promoted Tivvy go into their first game at Southern League Premier Division level against Bishops Stortford, who played in the National League South last season before being relegated.
Rogers admits it will be tough against a side who were two levels higher than them last season but, with Stortford based 171 miles away in Hertfordshire, the Yellows boss believes it is the perfect opportunity for his side to focus on their own game.
He said: “It’s strange how football can go – they were two leagues above us but it makes for an interesting game.
“I’ve had one or two people give me a call about them but, to be fair, they’re a bit in the dark about what they’re going to play – we’re not overly sure so I’ve been trying to make one or two calls to a few people I know up that end.
“It’s like I always say, though, it’s what we do that counts and if we get our game right then I’ll be quite happy.”
Rogers believes he will learn a lot about his squad in the opening stages of the season with matches against the likes of Hereford and Gosport Borough coming in the first few weeks of the new campaign.
With Levi Landricombe set to return to full fitness following knee surgery, Rogers admits he has some thinking to do about his squad, particularly which strikers to play.
He said: “The first five or six games are going to be a big test for everybody, we’ll be finding out the level of football we need to be at and hopefully the boys will step up to the plate.
“Hopefully we’ll have no injuries and we can go in with a fully-fit side.
“Levi Landricombe was due to play some part in Monday night’s friendly against Cullompton, which was a big plus, and that will put him in line for Saturday.
“So I’ve got a big call to make as to who we start in the game.”
“For those that came at the end of last season, with the Taunton Town play-off semi-final and the Salisbury play-off final, they should have been quite happy with what they saw, so I’d like to think we can get a good crowd in for people to get behind us.”
Rogers added: “It’s a great headache to have – we’ve got four strikers who are all decent, with Levi, Owen Howe, Tom Bath and new signing Jordan Rogers, and it’s nice to have that when you’re going into the start of the new season.”
A new level will bring fans from far and wide across the south of England, with Tivvy set to play host to the likes of King’s Lynn and Farnborough this season.
The club are looking for any potential new sponsors and have encouraged those interested to get in touch through their website.
Rogers is also hopeful of seeing more fans from Tivvy through the turnstiles as they mark their return to a higher level of football, just three divisions below the EFL.
He said: “I’d like to think we can get a decent crowd in.