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Harleston Town manager Danny Crow eager to find ways to keep opposition sides guessing during 2023/24 season

Danny Crow is well aware that the threat of the dreaded ‘second season syndrome’ is hanging over his Harleston Town side.

Last term was Harleston’s first ever as a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club and they excelled, finishing third after chalking up 20 victories from their 38 outings.

But now the challenge is to build upon that campaign rather than allowing things to go stale.

Harleston Town manager Danny Crow. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Harleston Town manager Danny Crow. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Crow, who took over 12 months ago, has been busy keeping things fresh on the recruitment front and he also intends to be more flexible from a tactical point of view in a bid to keep opposition teams guessing.

The former Norwich City striker said: “We may have been slightly unknown last season but teams will know our players now and what our strengths are. It’s down to us to change what we do at times and to make sure we aren’t too predictable.

“We want to be adaptable so that we can change the way we play to suit the opposition and also the situation in the game.

“We were really pleased with last season and I don’t think a lot of people outside the club expected us to finish that high. It was a massive achievement but we want to keep on building. There’s the play-offs this year and while a lot of teams will be looking at those, we want to be in and around it as well.”

The list of arrivals at Harleston this summer has been impressive and includes the likes of Liam Jackson, Chris Henderson and Josh Wells.

Both Jackson and Henderson have previously produced the goods at a higher level while defender Wells was once on the books of EFL Championship side Middlesbrough.

And with extra options at his disposal this time around, Crow is confident that it will help to drive the team on.

He added: “We probably didn’t have the squad depth last year and a lot of weeks the team picked itself.

“We’ve tried to build the squad – both in terms of numbers and quality – this summer and we’re happy with the players we’ve got in.

“The new players have added some real competition and when you look at the sides that did well in the league last season they all had decent options coming off the bench.

“Improving the squad will also keep the players that have stayed on their toes. Players know now that if they’re underperforming then there is someone waiting to have their shirt – that’s what all good teams have.

“We had a very good year last year but the aim is to improve on that each season.”

Harleston will start their 2023/24 season tomorrow when Soham Town Rangers will be the visitors to Wilderness Lane (3pm).

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