BOSS Paul Lines says he’d love to prove Wakefield FC’s doubters wrong again this season.
Lines masterminded the Bears’ escape from Evo-Stik Division 1 North relegation last term and the club, who remain amateur following financial problems last season, are among the favourites to struggle again this campaign.
It’s not something that bothers the Wakefield boss ahead of his side’s opening game of the season against Skelmersdale United at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
“I loved it when everyone was tipping us for relegation last season, it really spurred me and the team on,” he said.
“Just watch us. People thought we were dead and buried last season and we went on to prove them wrong, and I’m confident that we’ll do the same this season.
“It’s something I drill in to the players because it spurs them on too.”
The Bears don’t pay a penny to players but Lines believes he’s built a squad ready to push for mid-table this term.
He admits it’ll be a tough ask but is confident his targets can be achieved thanks to a unique team spirit in the squad, and the fact the team will be playing their matches at Wakefield Wildcats’ home base.
“It’s a great pitch down there and we can’t wait to play on it,” he said.
“I like to play football in the right manner and we’ll be doing that, hopefully the pitch will be an advantage for us and I’m sure it’ll help us attract players to the club.”
He continued: “We don’t pay any wages and although that makes it tough hanging on to players and getting them along to training when the lads have to work, it does have some advantages.
“The lads are playing for the love of the game, there are no airs or graces.”
Lines will have Steven Crilly, from Rothwell Athletic, working as his assistant this season.
And although no wholesale changes have been made to the squad, a number of new faces have come in.
Former Ossett Town man Dave Boardman, pictured inset, has joined from Liversedge, while ex-Bradford City man Luke Harrop has signed and Carlton duo Lee Turner and Dave Pickering are also among the new arrivals.
Lines says the door is always open for new players to try out for the team, especially their under-21 side.
For more information contact Lines on 07979 426994.
Ossett Albion host Trafford in their season opener today, while Ossett Town visit Warrington Town, both kick-off at 3pm.
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