High hopes as Midland Football League returns

Football is back

Nuneaton Griff joint boss Iain Green is hoping his side can get off to a strong start as the Midland League One campaign starts tomorrow.

The Griff entertain Cadbury Athletic and Green said: “We have big fixtures early doors.

“I remember last season we had Atherstone, Studley and Burbage in our first three games, who were all expected to challenge for the title.

” This time we have Cadbury, Heath Hayes and Rocester in the first week. Out of those sides we took a combined 13 points last year and when you consider we only got 26 in total it shows it’s an important early spell for us.

“So there will be a bit of pressure on us to hit the ground running. We have got to start well and I don’t think we can afford to lose these early games because they were the sort of teams who were mid-table or downwards last year.

“Although things might have changed you always go off last season’s league table to start with and they were all sides we felt we competed against last year.”

Elsewhere, Lichfield City host Kirby Muxloe, Paget Rangers travel to Ashby Ivanhoe and Atherstone Town visit Heath Hayes.

Bolehall Swifts manager Gareth Hathaway is feeling positive about the future as his side kick off their Midland League Two campaign at home to Boldmere Sports on Saturday.

“We have a good core here now and the lads have a good work ethic and know what they need to be doing,” he said.

“They know where we need to be at. It’s a complete rebuild. It’s a completely different squad, different way of playing and looking at things.

“But we are just coming together now and the lads have got a good togetherness. They are all going out together and it feels good.

“We have a group of young lads as well who we have been using in pre-season. They have been doing some good stuff, shining and playing some impressive football. It’s looking good.

“We know it’s going to be hard and we are going to have to dig deep so we are not in the same position as last year.”

Coton Green are also in action this weekend as they visit Alcester Town.

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