Over the summer Alex Lumsden joined Slimbridge from Hellenic Premier side Bishops Cleeve and on Saturday afternoon he sees his new side start their Southern League Division One South campaign at Melksham Town. Lumsden spoke to Severn Sport ahead of the league opener.
The UEFA B Coach joined the Swans ahead of a pre-season that has seen Slimbridge impress throughout, including wins over Weston-super-mare and a valiant draw against Gloucester City and Lumsden was full of praise for his side’s efforts during the pre-season schedule.
“It’s been a really positive pre season,” Lumsden said. “Whilst we have had a number of new faces join we’re really pleased with how everyone is settling in and gelling together. It’s a young side, I think average age is about 22 but there is lots of quality and enthusiasm which is exactly what we need to move forward.
I had a good pre season with Cleeve last year but this one has gone one better. The club and the people behind the scenes are unbelievable, they deserve credit for giving us the resources to help set up for the season properly.”
Lumsden joined the Slimbridge coaching team as Manager Lee Driver-Dickerson added the former Bishops Cleeve coach and Dion Chambers, as the Swans look to turn a few heads in the Southern League this season and Lumsden told us about the feel good factor at the club and how there is a sense that Thornhill Park will see a strong Slimbridge season.
“Drive’s been brilliant. He’s given me the opportunity to coach at this level, come in and help make a difference which I hope I’ll do and look to pick things up along the way. We bounce off each other a lot – along with Dion [Chambers] and it’s important to have similar ideas within a management team so we can help drive the club forward.
We’re not putting expectations on this season. For us it’s about perspective on performance and what we can do to get better week by week. For a little club, with a low budget in the Southern League, we have to find ways to be better on and off the pitch and if we can focus on what we do week by week with enjoyment and belief, we think it will go a long way.
I’m excited for the season because I think we’re going in as underdogs, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re all together in agreeing that as a club we can’t be lingering in the bottom four again and there’s a real determination that this season will be different, from the committee to the players.” Lumsden said.
Slimbridge travel to Melksham Town on Saturday afternoon for their first league game of the season; kick off at 15:00