White Horsemen looking to make Premier impact...

WESTBURY United are gearing up to make the step up to the Western League Premier Division following their promotion from Division One last season.

Westbury chairman Greg Coulson is looking forward to the challenge of Premier football, along with all those involved with the White Horsemen.

He said: “I think that the World Cup has done us some favours, packing our clubhouse and bringing in lads who are taking an interest in what we are about at the club. Sponsorship is on the up; Westbury Park Engineering have been a great influence and will be renaming the ground which will be announced soon.

“This has all come off the back of success and has rekindled interest in the club and we hope to give anyone who is genuinely interested in sponsorship as much coverage in return as we can.”

Manager Neil Kirkpatrick added: “We’re gearing up for the step up. The lads are all local and they really get on well together and you can’t buy that. We know and expect that we’ll be the underdogs but we’ll be up for the challenge.”

The club has signed goalkeeper Ed Baldy from Odd Down while Ian Jeffrey and Francios Allen have joined the club from Melksham Town. Midfielder Will Stead has also signed, coming in from Radstock Town. Ryan Baggs, who was injured last season, has returned following back surgery while Joe Kirkpatrick is waiting for a scan concerning a knee injury.

Meanwhile, most of United’s friendlies have been scheduled away from home as the weather has interfered with the returfing of their goalmouths.

They visit Corsham Town on Saturday, July 21 and have trips to Larkhall Athletic and Calne on Saturday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 31 respectively.

One player that will not feature in the warm up games is club skipper Dan Price, who has returned to another love of his – motocross racing.

Kirkpatrick said: “I’m still deciding while I’m putting the squad together who will lead the lads on the pitch next season.”

Westbury have a tough draw in the FA Cup Preliminary Round when, on Saturday, August 11, they travel to Cribbs and then take an even further trip to Cowes Sports in the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday, September 1.

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