CAERSWS

Caersws manager Graham Evans is looking to build on last sesons improved league position he gave his opinions to the Huws Gray website

OPINION OF YOUR CLUBS PERFORMANCE LAST SEASON

If you compare it to the previous season when we escaped relegation it was a massive improvement but realistically it’s a mixed feeling. To finish 7th was ‘ok’, but the frustrating part was that had we have won our final league game we’d have secured 4th, which emphasises how tight the league is. The number of long term injuries we sustained obviously had an adverse effect on our consistency and final position but we can’t use that as an excuse as the squad we had should have been good enough to deal with that.  We were knocked out at the first hurdle in both League Cup and Welsh Cup competitions, so overall I would have to assess it that we underachieved.

AMBITIONS FOR NEXT SEASON

Our aim is to simply improve on last season’s league finish. We will also be targeting successful cup runs but to achieve both aims it’s imperative that we improve our home form and be more consistent from week to week, no matter who we are up against. We’re under no illusions that this years Huws Gray Alliance will potentially be the most competitive since its inception and with a virtually new side we need to start well at home to Queens Park this Saturday.

NEW PLAYERS

Luke Sherbon (Aberystwyth), Ross Stephens (Newtown), Craig Whitfield (Haughmond), Steve Blenkinsop (Cefn Druids, loan), Aron Hughes-Jones (TNS, loan), Gavin Samuel (Rhayader), Tom Bethell (Rhayader), Luke Vickers (Kerry).

GROUND YOU LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING AND WHY

This year I’d have to say Rhyl. It has to be up there as one of the best all round stadium set ups in the Welsh pyramid and they’ve got the fan base and atmosphere to match it.

PLAYERS YOU LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING AND WHY

You could name quite a few from each side but I’ll be more focussed on how our new look side will be performing.

WHO DO YOU SEE AS IN CONTENTION FOR THE LEAGUE TITLE

Caernarfon and Airbus will start as favourites for me.

HOW COMPETITIVE DO YOU THINK THE LEAGUE WILL BE NEXT SEASON

It will be very competitive. I’ve mentioned the two who I feel start as favourites but I don’t think it’ll be a two horse race. There’s a whole host of clubs such as Rhyl, Flint, Gresford, Denbigh, Porthmadog and Holywell who will all be up there challenging. Holyhead have recruited well and will be dangerous, Guilsfield are always competitive and have also added some good signings, Ruthin and Penrhyncoch are two hardworking sides full of local players and are a match for anyone on their day. We’ll have early looks at both new teams Queens Park and Llandudno Junction who I’m sure will be eager to impress and will be quietly confident in stepping up.

TEAM WHO COULD SURPRISE A FEW

Everyone is capable of beating each other on their day so nothing would surprise me in this league!

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

There are a number of experienced and highly regarded Welsh Premier players taking the ‘step down’ to the Alliance so it will be interesting to see how they fare.

OPINION OF THE LEAGUE

People underestimate the quality of the league. It’s the most competitive in Wales and doesn’t get the recognition I feel it deserves.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANY CHANGES

An opportunity for the runners up to gain promotion, perhaps via a play-off system with the South Wales league runners up and the 3rd from bottom side in the Welsh Premier League?