Reavell lays down the law to his Debenham LC squad

FOOTBALL - Debenham LC v Lakenheath pre-season friendly. ANL-160730-211547006

FOOTBALL - Debenham LC v Lakenheath pre-season friendly. ANL-160730-211547006

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Stuart Reavell has opted against setting his Debenham LC side a target to reach in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division this season.

Instead, the manager has called on his players to show more commitment than some of them did during 2015-16.

At times, Reavell found it tough to raise a team, while he also made no secret of his disappointment at the negative attitude that had crept into the dressing room.

Now, as Debenham prepare to open up their campaign at home to new boys Holland FC on Saturday (3pm), Reavell is demanding a more positive approach.

“I will not be giving them targets, only to turn up to games,” he said.

“It was hard work last year, but now I want a side that will pull together and be committed.

“Local football is getting smaller and smaller, so the players need to show that they love the game.

“When I played, I barely missed any matches.

“Of course football has changed since then, but it should not have changed that much.”

Reveall has been active throughout the summer, recruiting five new players.

Nathan Birch (Stowmarket), Zhenn Young (Leiston), Lee Wilcox (Ipswich Athletic), Patrick Styles (unattached) and Donovan Cook (Somersham) have all signed on at Friends Meadow.

n Meanwhile, Framlingham Town will begin life within the Thurlow Nunn set-up by hosting King’s Lynn Reserves on Saturday (3pm).

Then, on Tuesday evening, they will take on Debenham in a derby at Badingham Road (7.45pm).

It has been a busy off-season for manager Mel Aldis, who has bolstered his squad in numerous areas.

Sam Taylor has been recruited from Felixstowe & Walton United, while Anthony Johnson has arrived from Wickham Market.

Jake Taylor (Leiston Town), Jon Kerridge (Wickham Market), Chris Hunt (unattached) and Josh Sprague (Leiston Reserves) have also signed on the dotted line.

Aldis will be without Olly Goddard for the first three weeks of the new season, though, as he recovers from a shoulder injury sustained in a friendly against East Bergholt.