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Moors hope to compete with the big spenders

Solihull Moors’ star striker Jake Edwards says he and his team mates are “optimistic” going into the new season - both on and off the pitch.

Solihull Moors’ star striker Jake Edwards says he and his team mates are “optimistic” going into the new season - both on and off the pitch.

The Moors kick off their campaign with a home game against Fleetwood Town tomorrow, a team who have been splashing the cash during the closed season.

It will be a tough opening for the Damson Park outfit, who will be playing one of the big favourites to win the Blue Square North this season.

“We’ve got a few of the best teams early on this season,” said Jake Edwards, who finished top scorer last season.

“So hopefully we can catch them before they get into their stride.”

The Moors finished in 16th place last season, avoiding relegation by only six points, but did manage an excellent FA Cup run - reaching the second round proper.

Their preseason form has been relatively good, with their final game against Championship club Derby County this week ending in a very respectable 1-1 draw.

“We had a great end to the season last year, and so hopefully with the Derby result too this week, we can go into the new season feeling optimistic and with some confidence,” Edwards added.

“Bob (Faulkner, manager) has been very busy putting a new squad together and I’m sure he hasn’t finished yet.”

Edwards has been making some changes behind the scenes himself this season. In his new role as Commercial Manager he is aiming to “make things a bit more professional” and raise awareness of the club.

“The ground share issue has been a big part of the closed season - if it comes off there will be a lot of positives, but if it falls through I believe it will be a great shame for us and the community,” he added.

“It will be a challenging year for sure. The league seems to get harder each year with more clubs getting money thrown at them - but we’ll do our best.”

 

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