Bulls are well prepared for the next step says Kerr

Ian Isham is taking over as captain of Banbury Bulls
Ian Isham is taking over as captain of Banbury Bulls

Head coach James Kerr says his Banbury Bulls side have nothing to fear as they step up to a new challenge on Saturday.

Last season’s Midland Two West South champions have switched leagues to the South West Division One and make the short trip to Witney for Saturday’s opener. Bulls played in the South West Division for several years before moving to the Midlands section.

It’s going to be a new challenge for us but one we’re confident we can meet

Head coach James Kerr

Kerr said: “It was always going to be a big step going from level seven to six, staying in the Midlands Division or the South West Division. But we wanted to match up with clubs we have met in the cup in recent years and take them on.

“It’s going to be a new challenge for us but one we’re confident we can meet. We had a very successful campaign last season, doing the league and cup double, and our pre-season games have gone well against good opposition this time.”

Ian Isham takes over from Ed Phillips as captain, who is stepping down after six years at the helm and Kerr said: “I’ve only ever known Ed [Phillips] as captain in my time at Banbury. It has been a successful partnership.

“But Ian Isham has a lot of experience and has captained High Wycombe in the past.”