Cawthorn swift to target promotion at Long Sutton

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KEVEN Cawthorn is the new manager at Long Sutton Athletic this coming season and he has already made promotion his target.

Cawthorn is no stranger to success and played for the successful Parson Drove side in the 1970s and also Long Sutton when they were in the old Jewson League.

He has taken over at the Peterborough League Division One side from Paul Preston who will continue as assistant manager.

Cawthorn has already been busy strengthening his squad and feels Simon Lamb, who was with Holbeach United, is a “quality signing”. Central defender Lawrence Branston has joined from Gedney Hill and Keven’s son Matt, a prolific scorer when at the club previously, has returned after spells with Bourne Town and Moulton Harrox.

Most of last season’s squad remains with the exception of Paul Newcombe who has joined Moulton Harrox.

Cawthorn said: “We are certainly not looking to be just making up the numbers. We have done well in the pre-season friendlies and if we can show the right desire and professionalism I think we can challenge for promotion. Certainly that is the aim.”

Long Sutton open the season with a home game against relegated Stamford Bels on Saturday and then face midweek home games against Moulton Harrox Res and Holbeach Res. “We should certainly get a few down here for those games,” added Cawthorn.

League fixtures Saturday

Premier Division: Leverington v Coates, Oakham United v Parson Drove.

Division One: Long Sutton v Stamford Bels.