FOOTBALL: Wendron boss Paul Murray expects side to be targeted

FOOTBALL: Wendron boss Paul Murray expects side to be targeted

FOOTBALL: Wendron boss Paul Murray expects side to be targeted

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PAUL Murray believes his Wendron side have a lot more to give after a successful season last time round – but feels things will be tougher for them in 2014/15.

The club’s second place finish in the Combination League was their highest ever and was combined with good cup runs, including reaching the quarter finals of the Cornwall County Cup.

Looking ahead to the season, which starts with a visit to St Ives on Saturday August 9, the Dron boss said the natural next step for his side is to aim for a trophy win.

However, he added other teams will be viewing them differently this season, so proceedings will not be easy.

Murray said: “This season is going to be a massive challenge for us.

“It was different last year because we didn’t have the expectation or pressure on us which will have this season. We had a new team and it was a case of seeing how the new guys got on and it ended up going really well.

“Silverware is the next thing we need to aim for and myself and the players feel we have a lot more to give as we were a bit disappointed not to win any trophies, even though it was a proud achievement to perform like we did.

“But our opponents will now be seeing us as one of the favourites, so they will want a scalp against us so they will be working harder against us, particularly in the first 20 minutes.”

The mood around the camp is positive according to Murray as the squad get ready for the season’s start.

Most of last year’s team have stayed at the club, with the only exception being Kirk Davies who has joined Helston.

New faces have arrived though to Underlane in the form of defenders Justin Miles, who has played for Truro City and Perranporth, and ex-St Agnes skipper John Rowe.

“We had a few of the players approached during the summer by other teams,” Murray said.

“But other than Kirk, the guys have agreed to stay with us, which is really pleasing to see.

“We have also made a couple of good additions to our squad.

“It might be my biased opinion, but I thought we were the best footballing side last season and it didn’t matter who we were against, we played from the back.

“We may have to develop so we can handle teams who play in a more direct fashion against out.

“But we’ll be looking to stick with our style.”

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