Kilmington skipper looking for a good start to the new season

PUBLISHED: 08:08 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:09 07 May 2018

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Kilmington skipper Brett Garner is not afraid to talk up his team's chances in the C Division East.

Garner, whose team will meet 2nd XIs from Sidmouth, Budleigh and Exeter, will also face just one long trip – ironically their opening day fixture – away at Braunton, with the remainder of the section made up of clubs not too far from the East Devon-based side.

Garner feels the club has recruited well with the arrival of Billy Reed and Rob Crabb from Ottery St Mary and Matthew Pyle from Axminster.

The Kilmington skipper says: “We have added real quality to our side and if we can get good availability on a consistent basis then I see no reason why we should not be there or thereabouts in terms of a promotion berth finish.”

He continued: “We don’t play any of the 2nd XI sides until after we have met the other six sides in the section, so we ought to be readily prepared for what are bound to be exciting and different challenges in the last three games of the first half of our season.”

On the all-in format, Garner says: “I am sure teams will quickly settle into the new format and find their level. It’s a real bonus for us to be able to visit three top grounds, and I do not mean that in any disrespectful way to other clubs either in our section or that we have played in recent seasons, but to take Kilmington to the County Ground, Exeter, to the Fortfield, Sidmouth and to Ottermouth, Budleigh Salterton, for league matches will be a real honour.”

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