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May & Baker chairman expects consoldation this season

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 September 2017

Action from May & Bakers clash at East London at the start of the London Three North East season (pic: Tim Edwards).

Action from May & Bakers clash at East London at the start of the London Three North East season (pic: Tim Edwards).

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May & Baker chairman Gary O’Sullivan is expecting a season of consoldation in their Essex League Division One B campaign.

The Dagenham-based club struggled last season and O’Sullivan believes their approach is totally different this time round.

The chairman is excited to have maintained the majority of the squad and to have got a strong pre-season behind them ahead of returning to league action with their opener against Kings Cross Steelers on September 9.

He said: “We just want to consolidate again and make sure we can consistently put a good team out.

“Last year was pretty tough, but this year looks much better.

“I personally think we have a good enough team to compete with everyone in the league.”

O’Sullivan admits he is excited with the way the team is shaping up and is pleased with how their pre-season training has gone over the course of the last month.

“It will be interesting as we have got a good pre-season under our belts and with the squad we have got things are looking exciting,” added O’Sullivan.

“We’re hopeful we can be successful and do well in the league this season.”

The chairman praised the squad ahead of the campaign and even pin-pointed a few players who he believes will be key to their success.

“Connor Wilson, Marc Kingshott and Daniel Dray have been the backbone of the team for the last couple of seasons and will be key once again,” he said.

“Kieran Jenkins is someone we’ve had for a few seasons, but he is really looking the piece now and I think he will have a big season for us.

“Mitch Ryan, our club captain, was our best player last year and will also be key again this season.”

May & Baker are also keen to build the club up with more senior teams and continue to let their junior teams expand.

“We want to consistently put two teams out this season and the five-year plan is to add a third team,” O’Sullivain admitted.

“We have got five different age groups running this year in the minis and plenty of sponsorship coming in.”

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