Dawlish Town First team have been drawn away to First Division side, Shepton Mallet in the Preliminary round of the Les Phillips Challenge Cup 2007-2008. (Date to be Announced.)
Dawlish are hoping for a longer run this season after their disappointing exit in last year Preliminary round with a defeat at Cadbury Heath. Shepton Mallet suffered the same fate with a crushing 5-1 defeat away to Melksham Town at the same stage of the competition.
Both teams will be looking to extend their run in the competition this season, which should lead to exciting first round match.
DAWLISH HOPING TO ADD THREE OR FOUR TO SQUAD
Dawlish Town begin their pre-season preparations with a squad training day at Sandy Lane.
With manager Chris Myers and his assistant Adam Shearer set to sign new two-year contracts with the Seasiders, everything is set for a bright campaign as the club looks to build upon the 10th place finish achieved last year in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
Boss Myers has admitted that he is keen to bring in several new faces as he looks to turn his young team into potential promotion contenders, and is also looking forward to welcoming his players back after the summer break.
The former Torquay United star said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the lads back. We’re looking at trying to bring in three or four players as well for pre-season with a view to joining us for next season.
“A left-sided player and a centre half are the two main areas we’re looking at, but we’ll have to wait and see. We’re trying to attract the right players.
“But we’re looking forward to this Saturday, and our first get-together. It will be a training day, and hopefully everybody will be there.”
Any new players interested in joining Dawlish are welcome to join in training and should turn up at Sandy Lane.
MYERS AND SHEARER GIVEN TWO YEAR DEALS AT DAWLISH
Dawlish town have offered two-year contracts to manager Chris Myers and assistant Adam Shearer as they look to build upon their impressive showing last season in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
The Seasiders finished in 10th place in their first season back in the Premier after promotion, and chairman Dave Fenner is keen to build upon that success as he aims to lead the club forward into a bright new era.
Dawlish were recently awarded Charter Standard Development Club status by the Football Association, and have established a Football in the Community programme that will involve Myers and Shearer visiting primary and senior schools in the area to hold coaching days.
The contracts are heavily linked with the community programme, with Shearer set to act as the Sandy Lane club’s community officer on top of his duties as first team assistant manager.
The club has also been awarded a grant by Sportsmatch to help with youth coaching, and everything is set for a successful Football in the Community scheme.
Former Torquay United midfielder Myers will lead the Seasiders’ challenge in the Premier Division next season, and will again be assisted by Shearer and coach Adam Kerswell.
Chairman Fenner said: “We’re negotiating the contracts at the moment, but we know where we’re going with it. It will be heavily linked with our Football in the Community programme, which will be headed by Adam Shearer.
“We’re offering two-year contracts to Adam and Chris, and they’ll be working with the Football in the Community programme, with the aid of Sportsmatch funding. We’re going to push on with what we’ve got to do.”