Wilkin’s way will be best formula to avoid a scrap

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin
Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin

Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin is desperate to avoid another scrap for survival in what will be his first full season in charge.

The Saints boss is starting with his own squad at the National League North outfit and said: “We need to find our feet as early as we can and just make sure that we’re not going to the last game of the season looking for survival.

Our aim is to buck that trend, make us more competitive and see how far we can take the club

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

“There are a lot of high profile clubs in this division this time and clubs with some real stature about them. Everyone starts off with high hopes but we need to be a little bit measured because it’s a group of lads which includes just five from last year who featured regularly.

“It’s almost a completely new side and there’s a lot of work to be done between now and the start of the season. But hopefully we can keep everyone fit and maintain those fitness levels and look to build.

“We don’t want to be going to the end of the season looking over our shoulders and fighting for survival. Those people around the club and around the town deserve better.”

Jack Bowen and Adam Walker joined the club last month with more new faces set to follow in the coming weeks.

Wilkin added: “The spine and the backbone of the side is there but clearly we still need to make some additions.

“We’ve got 12 on the books at the moment and there are certain areas that I need to fill. We can get a measure of players in pre-season games and make more informed decisions than perhaps you would if you were training.

“The club has a lot of positives about it but the first team performances and results haven’t been where we’d like them to be over the last couple of seasons. Our aim is to buck that trend, make us more competitive and see how far we can take the club.”