FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck United 'in much better position now'
Pinchbeck United have secured sponsorship for their first-ever season in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League's Premier Division.
The Knights were also boosted by the return of assistant manager Allan Ross - three weeks after his resignation.
Player-boss Ian Dunn believes they are now in a position to challenge in the top half of the table.
He said: "The majority of last season's title-winning squad have agreed to stay and one new player has verbally agreed to join us.
"As a club, we've managed to secure sponsorship for the season with a lot more backing.
"We'll have a committee and the club is in a much better position than it was two or three weeks ago.
"We won't be just making up the numbers to survive in the Premier Division.
"We knew the enormity of the task to compete week in, week out at that level.
"We've been working hard to bring in the right calibre of players for the Premier Division.
"We are a tight-knit group but we need to add a bit of extra quality, just like we did around Christmas when Aaron Eyett came in.
"We will probably need four or five players for the next step.
"We want to compete at the right end of the table.
"What we achieved last season by winning Division One in our first season came a lot quicker than we could have anticipated.
"We shocked ourselves, particularly by the distance between the top and second place.
"Now we've got to kick on again and become a real force. We believe we can do that.
"Myself and Allan work as a pair so I'm really happy that he changed his mind.
"It would have been more difficult for me to carry on without him.
"The structure of the club has changed since he decided to go. We will have more help on matchdays and that was a massive factor in his decision to come back.
"We’ve also added Derrick Nuttell and Ricky Lovelace onto the coaching staff for next season.
"It's vital we add to our management team for us to compete next season.
"Derrick is an excellent coach and will have a big impact on the players while bringing non-League experience to the changing room.
"Ricky will be a great link between the players and coaching staff. He has a lot to offer and will predominantly work with the goalkeepers.
"He still has the ability to play and will be a big asset in the changing room."