Epping Town Football Club is all set for the 2019-20 season having completed a gruelling pre-season campaign with a 13-1 victory over Buckhurst Hill Reserves last Saturday (August 17).
Some 18 new signings have been recruited to bolster the club which secured the runners-up spot in Essex Olympian League Senior Division Four last season.
Such was the dominance of Epping Town in the division that the club, along with league champions Corinthians, have been granted a ‘double promotion’ and will begin their Essex Olympian League Division Two campaign at Wickford-based Rawreth on Saturday, August 31.
Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: “We have had a busy time recruiting players over the summer as I felt we needed to strengthen the squad pretty much all over, and with the five substitute roll on, roll off rule coming into effect this season, it’s important to have a strong 16-man squad for each game which is something I thought we were lacking last season.”
He added: “It’s been another long pre-season which has given me plenty of time to look at different players and formations that we could use this season.
“We will be aiming to bring some silverware to the club this season, and I would like us to mount a serious challenge on the league. We certainly have the players to make this a reality.
“Hopefully the local community will get behind the team this season and it would be nice to have a packed Stonards Hill on Saturday, September 7, when we face last season’s league winners Corinthians in the cup.”
Among the changes made by the club over the summer, former player Liam Clifton has been promoted to first team coach while among the new signings is midfielder Joey May who joins from Essex Senior League club Redbridge and is being tipped by Billy Cove to be “the best player in our league by miles”.
Epping Town chairman Chris Ottaway is looking forward to the new season, and hopes that progress can be made with Epping Town Council to get a spectator stand at Stonards Hill in the coming months.
Mr Ottaway said: “We have had a very active pre-season with Billy running flat out. If you get back what you put in, we should do very well this season as Billy just hasn’t stopped since the end of the last campaign.
“Now that the new season is upon us and we are really hoping for a great year with more silverware – let’s hope we achieve it.”