Cinderford Town's tough early fixtures will be a good gauge, says manager Paul Michael

By Liam Ryder in Football

CINDERFORD Town boss Paul Michael says his side’s difficult opening fixtures in the Southern League Division One South & West will prove a decent yardstick to measure their progress.

Town host Swindon Supermarine on Saturday in the season’s first showdown before travelling to Evesham United next Wednesday.

And Michael says the two sides his team are up against first will be among the top of the table come the end of the season.

“At the moment, it’s all a little bit unknown,” he said.

“After our first two games against Swindon Supermarine and Evesham we’ll be able to have more of an idea of where we are going to be.

“We absolutely want to make the play-offs and be right up there amongst it but for now we’re just focussing on the Supermarine game and looking forward to getting going on Saturday.”

Michael has added a significant number of new arrivals to the side that finished bottom of of Town’s only ever season in the Southern League Premier Division.

Andy Lewis, Declan Morley-Lyne, Nick Grimes all signed earlier this summer.

And Michael believes many of the new signings can help propel them back to the Causeway club’s highest ever level.

“There are a lot of new faces at the club,” he said.

“We’ve brought in Andy Lewis and Nick Humphries, who’s a left-sided player, from Shortwood United.

“Liam Angel is another one, and he’s a former Newport County player who played for Wales at all age-grade levels.

“Liam can play in midfield or at the back and adds a bit of steel to the team.

“Matt MacDonald has joined us, he’s a centre midfielder who was in the Hereford youth set-up and gets around the pitch better than probably anyone I’ve ever seen.

“What I think we’ve added from last season is that we have a lot more leaders and players with character. There are many who won’t accept second best.”

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