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Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm previews Bostik Premier season

By Matthew Panting

Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm is optimistic his new-look squad can compete in Bostik Premier this season.

Although big-spending champions Billericay have departed, McKimm believes there are still half a dozen big guns vying to get out of the division.

“The target is to win as many games as possible,” he said. “I don’t set other targets as they normally come back to bite you.

Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm. Picture: Chris Davey
Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm. Picture: Chris Davey

“It’s going to be a more equal league but there’s still a number of sides who have increased their budgets so it’s going to be tough.

“There’s a lot of teams that are throwing a lot of money about.”

Tonbridge’s budget cuts were well documented in recent months with McKimm working on a 16-man squad ahead of the new campaign.

He added: “We’ve got 16 players signed and we’re looking forward to it.

“We’ve got some strong additions that have had other clubs interested in them. They’ve had to buy into what we’re doing here and I’m hoping we can keep injuries and suspensions to a minimum.”

Angels have no injury concerns as they start at Merstham on Saturday before hosting newly-promoted Lewes on Tuesday.

“Merstham play good football and have a good squad while Lewes are a young energetic side who pass the ball well and will have momentum from their promotion,” said McKimm.

“They are going to be two difficult games but nothing is won or lost in the first week of the season. We’re all in it for the long haul rather than the short haul.”

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