Joint managers set out season’s ambition
We are not worried about any other teams, we want them to worry about us — that’s the aim for joint managers Luke Parsons and Damo Parkinson and their promotion-chasing Newark Town this season.
They say they are asking for nothing but 100% effort from the team for the coming season, which kicks off on Saturday away to Askern, as they aim for a top-table finish in the Central Midlands League North Division.
After finishing pre-season on a high with a 6-0 demolition of Spalding, Parsons praised the team’s new signings, who he said have slotted into the squad straight away.
“It was our best performance of pre-season. It is always good to finish on a high,” he said.
“We fielded our first 11 and then made seven changes at half-time. We have been using a big squad and even after making those changes it didn’t weaken the side. We played with the same intensity.
“We have brought in a few new players from out of town and so far they have fitted in straight away into the team and done excellently with what we have wanted them to do.
With last season’s ninth-place finish behind them, Parsons said the ultimate goal was to win the league this season.
“That’s what we want to achieve and we have got the squad that’s capable of that. If everyone does the hard work we have got the ability and the players to get us out of this league.
“If you want to play, you’ve got to work hard and that’s what we have told the lads.
“Everyone has a bad game every now and then but there are no excuses for being lazy.
“We are feeling confident and the lads have put in the hard work and we will only have ourselves to blame because we know what we’re capable of. It’s up to the lads to focus and reap the success of that.
“On paper, they finished second from bottom last season and we’re targetting winning the league. But we’re not worried about any other team, we want them to worry about us.
“|If the lads put in the hard work and the effort and come back in knackered after the game, we can’t ask for more.”
With Newark Flowserve having such a good start to the season, Parsons is hoping that Town can replicate their success and even challenge them in the league.
“We have seen what they can do and we want to establish ourselves as a step six club and have a rivalry going in the league with them, it would be great for the town,” said Parsons.
“Retford is a smaller town than Newark and their local derby games can pull in crowds of 800 people. If we were to play Flowserve in the league, there’s no reason we can’t pull in a crowd of 1,000.”