PORTHLEVEN’S young side are chomping at the bit to play competitive football again according to their boss Dennis Annear.
The Fishermen begin their 2014/15 South West Peninsula League West campaign against Bude Town at Gala Parc on Saturday.
In both of the last two seasons, Port has finished in 11th place in the division.
Annear said he is hopeful the team can progress further this time round and knows the side are raring to go.
“The mood within the team is very good at the minute,” he said.
“We have managed to keep our players from last season with a couple of new guys added on top of this and our pre-season games have gone well, so we feel confident.
“After last season finished, we had about six or seven weeks off and now the lads are chomping at the bit to play again, which is all you want to do when you’re young.
“We did peter out a bit towards the end of last season, which was disappointing, but when you look back a lot of guys who are 17 or 18 had to sit exams or driving tests so they had a lot on their hands.
“Overall 11th wasn’t a bad place to finish and now the side have had a full season of adult football behind them and will be stronger and wiser this time, so we should try to finish higher.”
Their opponents on Saturday finished two places below the Fishermen last season.
Despite this, Annear is expecting a tough match.
Annear said: “At the start of the season no matter who you play, everyone is top of the league effectively and everyone has got everything to play for.
“I think Bude will be hard to play against on Saturday, but we are ready to go and looking forward to it.”