Addis and English Bicknor ready for County League challenge ahead of 2021/22 season

English Bicknor manager Daryl Addis says he and his side are ready for the challenge of a higher league ahead of the start of the Gloucestershire County League season.

Bicknor were promoted from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League over the summer and begin their campaign against Frampton United at the weekend and Addis admits whilst it’s a hard start, his side are ready for the game.

“I’m really looking forward to it [the season] and can’t wait to get going, I know it will be a tough league and we will need to be ready for a battle every week.

We could not have asked for a harder start than the visit of Frampton United at the weekend, a side who I’m sure will be right in the mix come the end of the season again – but what will be, will be and all of the players, the club and I are all ready for the challenge,” Addis said.

Bicknor, who were promoted to Division One of the GNSL in the summer before the 2019/20 season, have grown over the last couple of seasons both on the pitch through promotions and off the pitch through works done to the ground and club and Addis has once again made changes this summer as the club look to continue their progression.

“We have bought in a new First Team Coach in Ian Logan-Giles to add to our management team. I thought it was time for a fresh voice and new ideas both on and off the pitch to assist us. He is a UEFA C coach so I’m sure he will be a big asset for us.

Players wise we have Craig Edwards who joined us from Broadwell and Dan Morgan from Huntley, so I am very pleased to have signed them as both will be a massive plus for us going forward.

[In terms of both the on the field and off the field work] I am very proud to have played a part in where the club is today. What we have achieved over the past few years is testament to everyone’s hard work, dedication and that goes for both the players on the pitch and the people behind the scenes.

This is only the second team I have managed and to have been able to the take this team up into the County League is a great achievement for me personally,” said Addis.

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Bicknor’s progression has been hindered lately, if social media posts this week are lead to believe, thanks to issues surrounding the English Bicknor Village Hall Committee.

In one passionate post on Facebook from a local resident, it is suggested that the football club are being made to feel like unwanted visitors at their ground on the English Bicknor Playing Fields, with the local residents sticking up for the club and pointing out that the majority of revenue the Village Hall make through bar takings etc are down to the success of the football club.

But Addis has told Severn Sport that this issue hasn’t affected the club’s plans for on field preparations and is hopeful an agreement can be reached to allow the club to continue their expansion of the field.

“No it’s not really affected our preparations over the summer,” said Addis. “We’re as prepared as ever going into a new season and thankfully we have a fantastic team and committee behind the scenes who have been working very hard to allow us to concentrate on the new season.

The committee are working hard to sort out everything out with the Village Hall committee to secure our future and to get the clubhouse expansion completed in time for the new season so that we can all put everything to bed and move forward together, both on and off the pitch!” Addis added.

So what targets does Addis have for the season? The Bicknor boss is looking to be competitive in the new league.

“Obviously being a new team in a new league the main target will be to stay in the County League. I know from experience how difficult it will be as it’s a very strong and physical league with some very good teams.

But the management team are confident that we can hold our own against every team in the division and if we can achieve anything above staying up then it will be a massive achievement for us a football club,” said Addis.

English Bicknor host Frampton United at English Bicknor Playing Fields on Saturday afternoon; kick off 15:00

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