Kintbury Sights Set On Promotion - 18th July
Kintbury Rangers boss Bobby Wilkinson has added two major signings for season 2008/09 by bringing in former Winchester City FA Vase winner Sean Dyke and ex-Thatcham Town striker Anthony Alleyne.
Wilkinson is set to launch an attacking brand of football on FTL Futbol Hellenic League Division One East with Dyke and Alleyne joining former AFC Newbury striker Shane Small-King at the club and he has set his sights on promotion to the Hellenic Premier League in the near future.
Former Henley boss Wilkinson aims to “turn the club around” with a mix of experienced heads like Dyke, who played in Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win over Hook Norton, helping to bring on the youngsters.
The addition of wide-man Dyke will be a key part of that process and Wilkinson believes he can recapture some of his best form with Rangers. “He did not play last year as he was struggling with injury but he has come back fitter and stronger than ever,” he said.
Along with former Thatcham and AFC Newbury striker Alleyne, Wilkinson has brought in former Henley left-sided player Chris Farrelly and ex-Didcot Town and Henley goalkeeper Jamie Thomas.
The main players to stay on from last season in what Wilkinson calls “a brand new squad” are James Mandry, who will be skipper, Callum Willmoth, Jason Brizell and Steve Rackham. Wilkinson intends to put the emphasis on youth having worked with the youth set-ups at Henley and Didcot but he has a first-team squad of 18 in place with the aim of winning the league next season. And though Rangers have not had the finances to make the promotion step in recent years, Wilkinson believes that it will happen in the near future. “If we are there or thereabouts by Christmas, then I will be pushing for us to go up,” he said. “I think if we win the league then we will go up next year as we have floodlights in place now and Jim Greenwood (chairman) and everyone at the club are working behind the scenes.”