Bedworth United, who
were on the brink of going out of existence last year, somehow survived under new
management and now look forward to consolidating their mid-table position in Dr Martens
Manager Billy Hollywood has been busy in the close season. He has signed five new
players and has laid the foundation for a second team to make it easier for younger
players to step up from the youth team. It was a huge step to go straight into the first
team in the past but now they will make a steady progression. The second team will be
managed by former player Adi Gregory and Fred Harrison will be in the charge of the youth
Hollywood has strengthened 'The Greenbacks' first team squad by signing Paul O'Brien
from Kidderminster Harriers, Tony Lenton (Atherstone United), Martin Crowley and Robbie
Wood from Nuneaton Borough, Simon Print, a local youngster, and Chris Binley who had a
brief spell as a schoolboy with Premiership club Coventry City.
Bedworth start the campaign away to Solihull Borough, who finished third last season,
just missing promotion.
"It will be a tough match to start the new season," says Hollywood. "But
we have a home game on Tuesday, August 25th against Wisbech Town and we hope to start with
a win in front of our own fans."
His ambitions for the new season are low key however.
"I have to be realistic and say that hope we can finish around mid-table
again," he says.
"We surprised people last season by our league position and the fact that we
managed to win some silverware in the cups, but when I took over as manager 12 months ago
the financial situation at the club was so dire that we came within a hairsbreadth of
folding. That is why we are being realistic in our expectations."
Last season Bedworth twice beat Hinckley United in cup finals to win the Daventry Cup
and the Memorial Cup.