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Moore eyes up top six

A top six finish is the challenge that Leon Moore has thrown down to his Debenham LC players this season.

TOP SIX: Leon Moore
TOP SIX: Leon Moore

Moore was appointed Hornets manager in September last year and under his guidance the club finished seventh – their highest position in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division since the promotion-winning campaign of 2008/09.

There have been a number of comings and goings over the summer, with Steve Fenner (Walsham-le-Willows), Jack Severy (Hadleigh), Tanner Call (Bury Town on trial) and James Watling (Ipswich Wanderers) all heading for the exit.

However, having off-setted those departures with the addition of Bradley Austin, Joe Langfield, Ross Henry, Ross Welton, Taylor Hastings, Jake Conway and Kevin Barker, Moore is confident he has built a squad capable of achieving his pre-season target.

“One of the main things I wanted to do was retain as many players from last season as possible, which we have done,” said the boss.

“The average age of the squad now is early 20s and that should allow us to push on, and is the basis of a good future for Debenham.

“We want to improve year on year and so having finished seventh last year we have to be looking at the top six.

“We have not thrown money around and have been patient with players, but I believe we have got the right mix together to challenge for where we want to be.”

Debenham get their campaign under way with back-to-back home games against newly-promoted duo Lakenheath and Harleston.

Lakenheath, who knocked Debenham out of the Suffolk Senior Cup last term, will be their visitors tomorrow (3pm), before Adam Gusterson’s Harleston make the trip on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Neither of those sides have ever played Step 6 football before, but Moore is expecting a far from easy ride.

“It is a very hard start,” he said.

“Lakenheath have signed some good players and they beat us last year.

“Harleston are another good side with some decent players, so there is no chance of us taking either of them lightly just because they have been promoted.

“We need to focus on us. If we play to our levels I am confident we will get something from the two games.”

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