FOOTBALL: New boys Wantage ready for journey into unknown

Wantage Town have taken defender Matty Jones on a month's loan from Swindon Town

Wantage Town have taken defender Matty Jones on a month's loan from Swindon Town

First published in Headlines
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Non League Football. Call me on 01865 425488

Wantage Town assistant boss Andy Lyne says consolidation is the aim when they take a trip into unchartered waters, starting with tomorrow’s home baptism against Taunton Town.

Last season, Wantage were promoted to the highest level in the club’s 122-year history after clinching the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division title.

The new boys kick off their season tomorrow when they host Taunton Town.

But Lyne, 61, feels Southern League Division 1 South & West will prove a much tougher proposition.

“We want to build on what we did last season,” said Lyne. “We want to become a reasonable Southern League side.

“We’ve got to be realistic – we’re competing against teams with a far bigger budget than ours.

“It’s about consolidation this season and it would be wrong to say anything other than that.”

While it’s a new adventure for the club, former Witney Town manager Lyne and first-team boss Gary Ackling, who managed Thatcham Town, have been there before.

“It’s not new ground for us, but the players have to adjust to it – it’s a whole new ball game.”

Lyne added: “The biggest problem that Wantage has is that it’s a small club and it is their first significant promotion.

“The chairman (Tony Woodward) has done well to get the position the club is in now.

“But we’re not just there to make up the numbers. We will go in with what we have got player-wise and then fine-tune it.

“We’re both looking forward to the season starting.”

Among their summer recruits are centre-backs Jon Steedman (ex-Oxford City), former North Leigh and Thame keeper Lee Farrow and midfielder Matty Johns.

In addition, Gavin Kidd and Sam Barder have been promoted up from the reserves.

Left back Matty Jones has joined on a month’s loan from League One Swindon Town.

IN: Steedman, Johns (both Swindon Supemarine), Farrow (Thame Utd), Millward (Flackwell Heath), Ricio, Cottrell (both Abingdon Utd), Shaw (Hungerford Town).

OUT: Butler, Rowe, Younie (all Abingdon Utd).

Tomorrow’s squad

Wantage Tn (v Taunton Tn): from Farrow, Tucker, Kidd, Steedman, Millward, Cattell, Jones, Sadler, Riccio, Pedder, Melledew, Deabil, Roberts, Guy, Johns, Lechacz.

Banbury United start their Premier Division campaign at home to Poole Town.

  •  Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest Sport news

FOOTBALL: Berinsfield send Watlington down

Oxford Mail: football generic

4:20pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Berinsfield needed two late goals to see off bottom side Watlington Town 3-1 and keep their North Berks League Division 1 title aspirations alive, writes PHIL ANNETS.

Oxford United's Max Crocombe made to wait for international debut

Oxford Mail:

11:20am Tuesday 31st March 2015

MAX Crocombe has been named on the bench for New Zealand's international friendly against the Korea Republic in Seoul today.

Patrick Hoban happy to reward Oxford United's faith

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

Patrick Hoban thanked boss Michael Appleton and his Oxford United teammates for keeping faith in him after the longest scoring drought of his career came to an end.

Oxford United to face depleted North Leigh outfit in Oxfordshire Senior Cup clash

Oxford Mail: Aaron Woodley put North Leigh 2-0 ahead

8:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

North Leigh manager Mark Gee will have just 12 players to choose from for tonight’s Oxfordshire Senior Cup semi-final against Oxford United at Banbury’s Spencer Stadium (7.45).

MOTORSPORT: Georgina Polden puts bike on show

Oxford Mail: Georgina Polden with her trophy on the podium

8:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

Kidlington teenager Georgina Polden will put her new Moto3 bike on show at an open evening at the Kings Two Wheel Centre in the village tonight (6-8pm).

RACING: Rhapando ends wait for Paul Webber

Oxford Mail: Paul Webber

8:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

Rhapando gave Banbury trainer Paul Webber his first winner for more than three months when scoring at Kempton yesterday.

WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Oxford United made to pay by clinical Durham

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

8:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

OXFORD United Women suffered their first defeat of the season as they were beaten 3-0 at Durham in the FA Women's Super League 2 on Sunday.

RUGBY: Henley Hawks secure promotion in fine style with a dozen tries against Shelford

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Tuesday 31st March 2015

HENLEY Hawks were crowned National League 2 South champions in fine style, after a commanding 66-17 victory over struggling Shelford.

HOCKEY: Hawks end campaign with convincing win

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

OXFORD Hawks ended their South League Premier campaign on a high note with a convincing 4-1 win away to fourth-placed Old Cranleighans.

DARTS: Oxon's title hopes dented by rock bottom Somerset

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 31st March 2015

JON Jukes starred as the men’s A team won, but it was not enough for Oxfordshire as they lost 19-17 away to Somerset.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree