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josh langley Hellnic League Promotion Target For New Management - 16 November

Malmesbury Victoria joint-manager Josh Langley says the aim for this season is to get promoted to the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division despite former boss Kevin Bridgeman stepping down last week.

Langley(pictured left) has been with Malmesbury for most of his career, but a serious injury forced him to stop playing a year ago and now the 21-year-old has turned his attention to helping new joint-manager Andy Wicks achieve promotion from Division One West.

Malmesbury are currently occupying fifth spot in the One West table having secured thirteen points from seven league games played. Eight points behind table toppers Cheltenham Saracens who have also played seven.


“We are 100 per cent going for promotion, there is no doubt about it,” said Langley in the Swindon Advertiser. “On our day, we can beat anyone. The league, for us, is one that we should be winning or at least gaining promotion from.”

Langley and Wicks were re-united after the surprise departure of Bridgeman last week, and the youngster believes the new management team are a recipe for success.

“When Kevin announced he was resigning, he told the club that he wanted me to take over, but due to lack of experience, I went to Andy for help,” said Langley. “He was there with me for the last four of five games of last season and he put a lot of points across with what he wanted to do and they were very similar to me. We both feed off each other, we both agree with what we want to do. Team selection-wise, he lets me get on with it, but when I come to show him the team, he will always have some views he wants to put across. But on a matchday, he is the main man.”

Vic's picked up a 2-1 Floodlit Cup win over Easington Sports in the pair’s first game in charge last Tuesday and are looking forward to their first league game together away at Clanfield on Saturday. That is a match Langley is fully confident his team should take all three points from.

He said: “Clanfield have always been a team that work hard. They will pick up results here and there, but personally, I believe they are a team that we should be beating. They are a team that will work hard for each other, but when they come up against a team that are better than, them they will just try and play for a draw. On Saturday, we should be leaving there with three points.”


Vic's Aim To Build On Start - 21 September

Malmesbury Victoria boss Kevin Bridgeman enters tomorrow’s Uhslport Hellenic League Division One West home clash against Clanfield with the belief that he’s working with the strongest group of players he has ever coached.

The Swindon Advertiser comments the Vic's are unbeaten from their opening four league fixtures and have also made progress to the first round proper of the FA Vase following their second qualifying round win against Virginia Water last weekend.

A win against Clanfield on Saturday could see Malmesbury climb to the summit of the division, depending on the results of rivals Easington Sports and Kidlington. Three wins from their opening four fixtures bodes well for a strong season at the Flying Monk Ground, and Bridgeman admits having senior players Sam Parker and Andy Baker return to the starting 11 has made his job significantly easier.

He said to Shaun Reynolds: “I firmly believe the group of players we have this season is the strongest I have ever worked with. We have carefully targeted the incoming players to improve the squad. Team spirit and belief amongst the group is second to none. I am delighted with the way we have started the season, we’re unbeaten in the league and through to the first round of the FA Vase.”

Malmesbury’s strong start has resulted in Bridgeman making few team changes to his starting 11, but the manager insists those players waiting for their turn have been patient and are yet to complain about their lack of minutes.

It’s a characteristic which Bridgeman believes underlines the work ethic and attitude of his squad. “The players that have been on the fringes have had a superb attitude and I haven’t heard one moan or groan about anyone being on the bench,” added Bridgeman. “I have also had a reshuffle of the backroom staff, and the three lads helping me are all now Malmesbury based. I think this has worked wonders for the players, who are almost all based in the town or within a few miles.”


No Complacency - 24 August

Kevin Bridgeman Malmesbury Victoria manager Hellenic LeagueMalmesbury Victoria manager Kevin Bridgeman has warned his side against complacency ahead of tomorrow’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West clash against Tytherington Rocks.

Although Tytherington are without a league win in 28 fixtures, Bridgeman (pictured) does not want his side to bring about a change in fortune for the south Gloucestershire club, who opened their league campaign with a 2-1 loss against Almondsbury UWE on Saturday.

His slight cause for concern is backed up by Malmesbury entering the unknown this season, following their summer switch from the Toolstation League to the Hellenic League. Bridgeman said in the Swindon Advertiser: “We’re a little bit unknown in this league, because we’ve spent the last few years in the Toolstation League. It’s a bit unknown what we’re going to come up against, but it’s clear that Tytherington aren’t enjoying the best of times at the moment. They (Tytherington) started with a loss, so I’d imagine that their confidence is low. But then we need to be mindful that at some point they will turn a corner and start to pick up points. We don’t want to be the team that signals that start. We won’t be in for an easy ride at all, we’ll have to be on our A-game to pick up the points.”

Malmesbury had to wait longer than most to start their league campaign, having only kicked off a league match for the first time on Monday at Kidlington. A 2-2 draw resulted from that clash, and Bridgeman could already pinpoint plenty of positives within his new-look team.

He said: “We’ve been waiting with baited breath for the league to start, we thought it would start much earlier than this. When we finally got going on Monday at Kidlington, it was good to get back into the groove. We are now really looking forward to the challenge ahead. There are only 26 league games, but we’ve got cup games as well. The boys performed really well in pre-season, but given we’ve added and lost faces our team spirit has been fantastic.”

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