Some Might Shay wrote:
None of them have strengthened to the extent we have. Glennon, Futcher, O,Brien, Worthington, Seddon...................show me another side who have got proven Football League players like that, and not just the odd one, five or six of them. Of course nothing is given away on paper but we have a hell of a chance!
Agreed we've made some good signings but it doesn't mean this season will be a cake walk. A lot of these players are dropping down from full to part time and it is a different ball game, some will thrive others may struggle. You don't neccesarily need football league players to achieve your goals in the Conference players that have been there and done it at that level before (granted the likes of Seddon and Worsley do have BSN promotions under their belts) The season we won the Evo-Stik North should have been a formailty with the points we gained and a squad made up of players mainly from BSN level, but it only takes one side to find a scoring gem and a bit of team ethic like Lancaster to nearly spoil the party and push you all the way. In the BSN this season Guiseley, Altrincham and Stalybridge and Worcester have all got stronger squads and all will all fancy their chances. Chetser are a bit of an unknown quantity but you can almost guarantee that if they are within a shout of 1st place at the turn of the year, their fanbase will provide both the lure and the money to entice a decent standard of league player on loan to give them a boost. I'm not saying we don't have a chance, but at the moment that's all it is, a chance.
Pretty fair comments there. In the three years we've been going we have had a new squad every year. The last two have seen big changes in personnel. Although Young mentioned that he wasn't going to tamper to much with the team this year, he has brought in seven new players. Like you pointed out we usually do strengthen well during the season, but this has been on a foundation of a team doing well and riding high, obviously if the teams doing well then the budget increases through turnstile revenue.
We've generally always started well so far, be interesting to see if this team now will do the same. Defence wise we look strong, just missing a goal scorer and we'll be up their no doubt, with what i have seen so far anyway