Wilkin hopes a changeable summer will prove fruitful

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin
Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin
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Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin knows his new-look side will have to hit the ground running if they are to get off to a better start this time.

Wilkin has rebuilt the squad he inherited from Jon Brady last season as Saints prepare for Saturday’s opening Vanarama National League North clash with Tamworth.

We hope the business we’ve done in the summer will prove to be profitable

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

Following Saturday’s opener at St James Park, Saints travel to Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday. It’s a tough start and Wilkin has yet to secure an experienced keeper but he expects to have the situation resolved this week.

Wilkin said: “We’ve made a lot of signings and there have been plenty of changes here so we need things to settle down quickly. We hope the business we’ve done in the summer will prove to be profitable.

“The pre-season games have all gone well, except for the one at Banbury where I made too many changes to the starting line-up, but we have to take that form into Saturday’s game. We’ve scored a lot of goals in pre-season, which is encouraging.”

Saints have survived on the final day for the last two campaigns and Wilkin will be doing all he can to make sure that isn’t the case in his first full season in charge.

He said: “It’s a tough start for us. Tamworth have the nucleus of last season’s squad and have made two or three good signings, they are well established at this level.

“Kidderminster will be another tough test and then we go to AFC Fylde, so we know it’s going to be a difficult start for us.”