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AFC Aldermaston look to improve on last season's showing
AFC ALDERMASTON manager Terry Rooney is hoping his side can improve on last season’s eighth place finish in the Hampshire Premier League this time around, but admits it will not be easy.
Rooney said: “We have lost a few players and it will be a year of transition with a number of younger players coming in.
“I really want us to be a lot stronger in defence as we leaked too many goals last season, and have been impressed with Alex Sylvester, who has moved up from our third team.”
Aldermaston have had a short pre-season, but enjoyed an impressive 2-1 win over Woodley Town as Dan Alliston and Karl Hanks both found the back of the net.
Rooney said: “Considering that was our first outing and it was their fifth game of pre-season, I was very impressed with the performance.”
Aldermaston open their campaign with a tough trip to Paulsgrove on Saturday and then on Tuesday night are at Colden Common.
There first home game will see one of the title favourites, Locks Heath, make the trip to Berkshire.
The Aldermaston boss said: “Paulsgrove is going to be a big test and we have seven games in August so we will certainly have to hit the ground running.”
The club’s first game in September will be a derby clash with Overton United on Wednesday, September 8.
The Aldermaston reserve side will this season play in the Reading League, which Rooney believes will be a big boost to the club.
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