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Forbes’ Frenford primed for historic season with former park team featuring at highest-ever level

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 August 2018

The Frenford first-team squad face the camera (pic: Frenford FC)

The Frenford first-team squad face the camera (pic: Frenford FC)

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In an article from our ‘Kick-Off’ pullout, Frenford boss David Forbes previews the season ahead in the Thurlow Nunn Division One South

Whatever happens in the Thurlow Nunn Division One South this season, Frenford may well reflect on it as their best season to date.

The Jack Carter Centre club are playing at the highest level in their history this term after winning promotion from the Essex Olympian League Premier Division last season.

The club has certainly come a long way from when they started out playing in a park, and manager David Forbes is delighted to see the hard work of many of those associated with the club pay off.

“So much work has gone in from so many people to keep progressing the club and to finally be a real semi-professional club is testament to many years of hard work,” said Forbes.

With Frenford having spent the summer gearing up for life in a new division, plenty will have changed for the club.

And Forbes revealed that by stepping up to the 10th tier of English football, his plans for the Jack Carter Centre side over the summer were different compared to previous years.

“Pre-season has been very tough in terms of the timescale. Moving up a level means we had to start back end of June, when normally we would be back in middle of July,” he added.

“With the league campaign starting on the first weekend of August, we only had four pre-season friendlies.

“There has also been lots of off-field work going on at the ground to get it ready for this new chapter, so there been no holiday for quite a few of us.”

With Frenford playing at the highest level in their history this term, they may be forgiven for seeking a season of consolidation in the Thurlow Nunn Division One South.

Forbes, though, insists his side are not just in the division to make up the numbers and has stated his belief that his squad have the quality to surprise a few teams in the division over the coming months.

“I am sure the club would say they would like to be in top half, but for me as manager I want us to be challenging for the title,” he said.

“It’s going to be tough with a lot of sides stronger than what we’ve been used to, but I’m always ambitious and having been one of the top sides in the Essex Olympian League, I can’t see any reason why theses players cant push again.”


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