NEVILLE POWELL knows he has a lot to live up to after leading Bangor City to Europe in his first campaign in charge.
The Citizens lifted the Welsh Cup under Powell as well as finishing fifth in the league.
Powell says: “Obviously with it being my first season last year, by winning the Welsh Cup we exceeded all expectations.
“We had a pretty slow start last season so we’ll just be looking for an improvement on that this season.
“We finished fifth last season and we know it’s going to be hard trying to get in amongst the top three teams, but we want to try and improve and beat last season, and we want to try and defend the Welsh Cup.
“Obviously it’s a difficult competition to win but we’ve set our standard and we want to try and beat that.”
After such a successful first season at the helm, Powell has been tipped to turn Bangor into title challengers once again.
However, he adds: “It will always be difficult with The New Saints and Llanelli being full-time. Over the season they’ve got the squads to cope with the injuries, the illnesses and the suspensions, and they’re full-time trained whereas we’re only part-time, so to break that mould it’s going to be difficult.
“We’re aware of that and we know what we’re up against, but we’re heading in the right direction and obviously our aim once we get to the new ground is to look at going full-time like those two teams. We just need to improve and get the right quality of young players in and we’ll be happy.
“But if we work hard and improve on last season, you never know – I’d like to think we could be up there challenging at the end of the season.”
KEY PLAYERS: “We’ve lost Ashley Stott who scored 19 goals for last season,” says Powell. “But we’ve got Robbie Talbot who’s got a good record of firing goals at all levels he’s played at. Michael Johnston had a great season last season, and we’ve brought in Chris Sharp and James Brewerton.”
TITLE PREDICTION: Powell says: “Rhyl have strengthened and I think they’re going to be closer than ever to the two full-time teams, but TNS have got the quality and they’ll be determined to win the Championship back from two years ago. “