Leek Town boss Neil Baker targets signings ahead of new season



Leek Town manager Neil Baker is looking to add a couple more signings to his squad as he prepares for the 2020/21 campaign.

The manager wasn’t expecting a new face in time for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Sporting Khalsa but would like to strengthen for the league campaign which begins at home to Wisbech Town on September 19.

He’s signed versatile forward Will Saxon, and kept together the squad that was top of the Northern Premier, South East Division, and seemingly heading for promotion before the 2019/20 season was cancelled in March and declared null and void.

But while he believes his players are still hungry for success, he would like to add more competition for places. At least one of his targets will be a defender.

He said: “I think no matter how well you do in the previous season, it is important that you freshen the group up and try to improve on what you’ve got.

“I wanted to bring in three, have brought in one, and feel there is still room for a couple of good players to improve on what we have got.

 “It is unlikely this week but it is something we will be looking to do within the next couple of weeks.”

Baker’s side were a formidable force last season and top of the table with 28 games played.

So, they were deeply unhappy that the season was scrapped rather than settled on points-per-game  average as happened higher up the football pyramid.

He says they can’t take anything for granted this year as they try to build on last season.

He said: “We are hoping to carry on where we left off but I think it will be tougher when you look at the signings clubs have made.

“Particularly at our level, teams have a go and throw a bit of money at it, and when they are out of the cups they normally reduce the wage bill.

“We will be hoping to do well and I think we will. They are a hungry group and hopefully they will want to right what they see as a wrong. That should be motivation in itself.”

In their latest pre-season friendlies, Leek were 2-1 winners at home to Nantwich thanks to goals from Tim Grice and Louis Short, but lost 3-1 at Buxton with Grice again on the scoresheet.

The real action begins on Saturday in the FA Cup Preliminary Round against Midland League Premier side Sporting Khalsa who knocked out Boldmere St Michaels to reach this stage.

Baker added: “We have had them watched twice. They have hit the ground running, won both games, they are very competitive and have some decent players for the level they are playing at.

“This is the first time I can recall playing in the FA Cup before we’ve had a league game. So, that in itself isn’t ideal, but it is what it is.”

Capacity for Saturday’s game is capped at 400 and the club was heading for a sell-out at time of going to press.





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