STUART Webb is back involved in local soccer after a five-year break to take charge of Leverington Sports this season.
Webb, formerly manager of Wisbech Town Reserves and Emneth, has had a busy summer bringing in at least eight new signings for the Peterborough Premier Division side.
Five of the new players are from Wisbech Town with Aaron McKenna, Craig Ablett, Curtis Knight, Simon Oakley and Nathan Watson, but Webb said: “I did not set out to sign players from Wisbech it is just how it has happened. The only player who was there with me was Aaron and the others have just come along.”
But Webb admits his biggest capture has been Stuart Ablett, who started last season with King’s Lynn and was previously with the Fenmen and Soham Town.
Ablett has played little football in the last two seasons after suffering a shoulder injury and Webb commented: “He is a massive signing for us because on his day Stuart is a very good player. He has come through a couple of games ok and plays with his shoulder strapped up.”
Other signings by Webb have been Wisbech St Mary midfielder Danny Rawthorne and a left back Danny Balls.
Webb has also been impressed with three young lads at the club James Woods, Brad Williams and Dale Palmer.
Steve Thompson will captain the side and Webb said: “It looks a strong division and Pinchbeck will be the team to beat. I will be happy with a place in the top eight and a good cup run.”
Leverington’s first game is on August 20 at home to Coates followed by a visit from Pinchbeck on the following Tuesday night.
Parson Drove have lost their no-nonsense midfielder Wayne Morton to Wisbech St Mary but manager Nick Markillie is feeling fairly upbeat about his side’s prospects for the new season.
He said: “We finished last season in good form and we need to make a bright start this time which is not something we have done in recent seasons.
“Apart from Wayne, we have kept last season’s squad and former Yaxley under 18 player Josh Rust looks a decent new signing.”
Wes Boughen made a big impact when he joined the club in the last half of last season and Markillie is hopeful he will do even better this season.
The club have reintroduced a reserve side this season under Tom Robinson and Markillie added: “This will be a big help and they look to have a decent squad of players too.”