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Premier progress delights Scadding
ADRIAN Scadding is confident the Bees can push into the top-10 next season after a year of finding their feet back in the top-flight.
The Bridport chairman is delighted with the progress the club has made over the past two campaigns but is keen for the upturn in fortunes to continue.
Scadding, who has now been at the helm for eight years, said: “Last summer the aim was to consolidate our position in the Premier Division and I am delighted that is what we did.
“The step up from Division One to the top-flight is a big one. Teams are a lot more professional and a lot fitter but we held our own over the course of the campaign and hopefully with that experience behind us now we can continue to push on.
“We know we need to try and bring in a couple of strikers but it is still a young squad and all of the lads have shown they are more than capable of playing at this level.
“There is also a great spirit at the club. Trevor Senior has done a really good job and the relationship he has with the players is fantastic.
“If we can keep him here and the majority of the lads together there is no reason why we cannot keep improving year after year.”
When asked to give an update on matters off the field, Scadding went on to add: “Things are good.
“We are just starting our annual sponsorship draw at the moment, which gives businesses the opportunity to have their name on the front of the team’s shirt for an entire season.
“With the current climate the way it is, we are going to have to work even harder on that front this summer and there are also a few things we need to do at the ground.
“With FA inspections on pitches now, clubs have to be ready for the next division up believe it or not, so there is some work to do in that area as well.
“As for attendances, we continue to be second or third highest in the two divisions, which is fantastic and as I said I see no reason why we cannot keep pushing on.
“The next step up is a massive one again but it is not beyond the realms of possibility one day in the future.
“Obviously, it is not going to happen straight away but we have beaten a lot of the teams in this division before and there is no reason why we cannot do it again.
“The aim is to just try and improve year on year and if we can finish in the top-10 next season and then build on from there again it would be fantastic.”
The Bees finished 14th in their first season back in the Premier Division, picking up 34 points from their 34 league games.
n For all the Bees’ 2011/12 results go to Page 61
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