Boston United must up their game in stronger division, says chairman David Newton
DAVID NEWTON says Boston United must up their game in the face of a stronger Blue Square Bet North next season.
The countdown to the new campaign is under way after the Pilgrims' fixture list was released this week.
Jason Lee's side face a tricky trip to Droylsden on the opening day on August 18 before back-to-back home games against Histon and Hinckley.
Newton expects to see the Pilgrims improve on last season's 11th place following a campaign riddled with inconsistency.
"I was disappointed with where we finished last season because I didn't think the league was that strong," said Newton.
"I think it will be stronger this season. I think a lot of people will be looking at Chester after coming up.
"I think Stalybridge and, as usual, Guiseley will be up there. I was surprised that they didn't go up.
"So we will have to up our game this season to be where we want to be, but I don't see any reason why we can't."
With the bulk of the squad in place, Newton says manager Lee is in the market for "two or three" more signings before the big kick-off.
Newton insists the club will not be rushed, but revealed that Lee was closing in on his targets.
"We're happy with the players we've got under contract and the players we've brought in so far," said Newton.
"Most of the squad is in place, but there are two or three important spots to fill and Jason is working on that at the moment.
"Of course we lost Danny Sleath. I totally understand his reasons for leaving (for Nuneaton Town) and we wish him well. That's an important position to fill.
"As pre-season approaches, players are being a lot more realistic with their demands.
"At the end of last season, players were asking for silly money, which we simply could not afford.
"A few got snapped up, but most didn't and now they are having to be more realistic because they will want to get a full pre-season behind them."
The Pilgrims have made a new addition off the pitch with former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Graham Hyde becoming Lee's assistant manager.
"I haven't spoken to Graham much yet, but with their experience, I believe him and Jason will make a good combination," said Newton.
The Pilgrims reserve side have recruited former Gainsborough Trinity goalkeeper Michael Emery.
The 21-year-old joined the Blues from Skegness Town after a keeper crisis at the Northolme.
Emery impressed at Trinity, but has joined United's Lincolnshire League outfit in a question for regular football.
New reserve team manager Martyn Bunce said: "Michael is a highly-rated keeper who has stepped down from Blue Square North to kick on again."
Emery will be joined in the reserve squad by Sam Vince, who has stepped up from the youth team.
"Sam is a real talent and will feature during the course of the season," added Bunce.
"I am delighted to have two talented keepers on board for next season."